2021 Birch Hills County helicopter crash

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On 1 January 2021, a Robinson R44 helicopter crashed in a farmer's field in Birch Hills County, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) northeast of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada.[1][2] Four members of the same family were confirmed killed.[3][4][5][6]


On 1 January 2021, at about 8:50 p.m., Royal Canadian Mounted Police stationed at Spirit River, a town located 78 kilometres (48 mi) north of Grand Prairie, received an Emergency Location Transmitter signal in the Birch Hills Country area. The signal was sent from a Robinson R44 helicopter.[1][2]

Emergency responders who were the first to arrive at the area found that the helicopter had already crashed at a farmer's field near the intersection of Range Road 10 and Township Road 771.[1][2][3] The aircraft, which was privately owned, all of which have died in the crash. All four people on board were killed.[7][8]


As of 9 January 2021, it is not neither clear what caused the crash nor what was the reason for the family's flight aboard the helicopter. A team of investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada has been created and are currently investigating the incident. The RCMP has secured the crash site while they await investigators from Nav Canada and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety to arrive.[7][9]


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  6. Niles, Russ (2021-01-02). "Four Dead In Alberta Helicopter Crash". Canadian Aviator Magazine. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Smart, Amy (3 January 2021). "Helicopter crash victims identified as parents, two children in family of seven". www.townandcountrytoday.com. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
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  9. Fisher, Erica (2 January 2021). "UPDATE: TSB investigating fatal helicopter crash near Eaglesham". www.mygrandeprairienow.com. Retrieved 9 January 2021.

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