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A helicopter crashed on its way to pick up a work crew in northern Manitoba crashed into Gull Lake when the pilot lost track of how high he was.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is concluding that loss of situational awareness and control likely caused the crash on July 1, 2013, which killed the 69-year-old pilot from Surrey, B.C.
Air crash investigators determined the helicopter struck the water at high speed and was destroyed after the pilot flew into either heavy smoke or rain showers or both.
Custom Helicopters, which operated the aircraft, has since added additional standards to its operations that pilots have to meet before flying into areas with wild fires.