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According to the owner, the chopper was overdue on a training mission.

A Buffalo aircraft and a search helicopter were dispatched by the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria, after receiving an emergency locator transmission at approximately 9 a.m. The crash site is located 20 kilometres west of Terrace on the western slope of Sleeping Beauty Mountain.

The CBC says the AStar helicopter is a single-engine, five-person aircraft manufactured by Aerospatiale.

Bailey Helicopters has its headquarters in Fort St. John and has bases in Fort Nelson and Dawson Creek. It also recently opened a base in Terrace.

At this point it is unknown who was on the aircraft, and what caused the crash. We will update when we receive more information.
 

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