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Helicopter crash

Four people were taken to hospital after a helicopter crashed near Whitecourt, Alberta Tuesday afternoon.

According to CTV Edmonton, the Transportation Safety Board has said the Bell 206 helicopter, owned by Valhalla Helicopters based in Kelowna, had a hard landing just after 1 p.m.

The crew on board had been doing pine beetle surveys for the Alberta government’s Sustainable Resource Development, when the chopper went down 45 kilometres west of Whitecourt.

The helicopter rolled into some trees, the TSB said, and sustained substantial damage.

Officials say all four occupants received minor injuries, but the aircraft sustained serious damage.

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