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The Transportation Safety Board says a helicopter crash in Labrador that resulted in the death of one passenger occurred after the aircraft's main rotor struck a communications tower's guy wire during takeoff.

The crash happened around 4 p.m. Thursday near the community of Rigolet, located on Labrador's coast about 100 kilometres east of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

An email from the safety agency says the Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Airbus AS350 flew to a remote communication tower site approximately eight kilometres from Rigolet, with a pilot and two passengers on board.

Its rotor struck the guy wire of the communications tower as it was taking off after visiting the site, causing the aircraft to hit the ground and roll onto its right side.

The safety agency says the emergency locator transmitter didn't activate.

Eric Collard, a spokesman for the agency, says an investigation has started and there will be a report on the incident that will identify any safety deficiencies.