July 4: Pilot Was Drunk When Crashing Helicopter


A helicopter was monitoring well sites when it crashed in a wooded area in northern Alberta last year, killing the pilot. According to a TSB report on the incident, the pilot had a blood alcohol level of about .35—“more than sufficient to cause major impairment of judgment and performance.” The pilot had been seen staggering and smelling of alcohol. When he was questioned, he uttered some derogatory remarks before flying off to a remote cabin, where investigators later found empty wine and liquor bottles.