Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon Helicopter Experienced “Incident” While Landing at Cold Lake Air Weapons Range

A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-146 Griffon helicopter experienced an incident, on Dec. 13, while landing on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, the service said in a statement.

The helicopter, assigned to 4 Wing Cold Lake, was conducting a routine mission when the incident occurred. No one was injured in the incident.

The exact cause of this incident is unknown at this time and a flight safety investigation is being launched to provide clarity on the situation, according to RCAF.

Bell CH-146 Griffon is a multi-role utility helicopter of the Huey family, designed by Bell Helicopter Textron as a variant for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) of the Bell 412EP.

The CH-146 is used in a wide variety of roles, including aerial firepower, reconnaissance, search and rescue and aero-mobility tasks. It has a crew of three, can carry up to ten troops and has a cruising speed of 220–260 km/h (120–140 kn; 140–160 mph).

The CH-146 Griffon is forecast to be retired in 2021.

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