Hy-Ridge Helicopters – Mistaken Load Release

C-GNIX, an Aerospatiale AS350 B3 aircraft operated by Hy-Ridge Helicopters, was on a VFR flight with a slung load of camp food provisions from Coleman, AB to a field 20 nm to the South East. While on final approach, the pilot attempted to transmit on the radio, however inadvertently pressed the remote hook release switch.

The load was released and impacted the ground short of the landing area.

There was no damage to property and the area was cleaned up by the company.