Bighorn Helicopters – Hughes 369D – Tail Rotor Damaged

C-FYIP, a Hughes 369D aircraft operated by Bighorn Helicopters, was conducting external load operations approximately 1 nm North East of Elko/Lionel P. Demers Memorial Airpark, BC (CBE2) when the external load inadvertently released from the sling and flew back into the tail rotor. The pilot felt a vibration, entered autorotation, and made an emergency landing into a meadow.

After touchdown, the main rotor contacted the tail boom, causing substantial damage.

The pilot was uninjured.