On May 29th, 2018, Elk Valley RCMP responded to a helicopter crash near the Elko Bridge. The lone pilot was able to crawl from the wreckage with no injuries. RCMP, B.C. Ambulance Service and the Elko Fire Department responded to the scene, in addition to numerous motorists who had stopped to assist the pilot.
The helicopter company, from Cranbrook, BC., had been contracted by the Ministry of Environment to move water barrels up onto a nearby mountainside. The pilot had taken off at one point to refuel. Shortly after takeoff, witnesses described how a load strap, with no cargo attached, quickly become entangled in the helicopter’s tail rotor, causing the helicopter to crash. The tail and main rotors were heavily damaged, however the main airframe remained intact and there was no fuel spill or fire.
– From the Elk Valley RCMP