October 25, 2021

Incident at MONTRÉAL INTL (MIRABEL) QC (CYMX) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A Federal Express Corporation McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (N595FE/FDX130), from Memphis, TN (KMEM) to Montréal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX) declared an emergency on the ground due to a fire indication in the cargo hold. Emergency services were notified and Runway 06/24 was closed. After inspection, no fire was found. Approximately 30 minute delay in landing for a Cargojet Airways Boeing 767-300 (CJT347) from Hamilton, ON (CYHM) to Montreal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX) and a Cargojet Airways Boeing 757-200 (CJT991) from Covington/Cincinnati, KY (KCVG) to Montréal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX).

September 28, 2021

Incident at SEPT-ILES FSS / FSS DE SEPT-ILES (ATM - operations, ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

A fire alarm caused evacuation of the Sept-Îles flight service station (FSS) to its temporary site. There were delays in IFR clearance delivery and requests for position reporting for VFR aircraft. The voice communication system (VCS) was interrupted. Return to normal at 2025Z. National Operations Centre (NOC) and Aviation Operations Centre (AOC) were notified.

Incident at SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV) (ATM - operations)

The flight service station (FSS) at Sept-Iles, QC (CYZV) was evacuated due to a fire alarm. NOTAM issued. Back to normal at 2025Z. NOTAM cancelled.

September 18, 2021

Incident at 75NM MONTRÉAL / PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU INTL QC (CYUL) (Dangerous goods/hazardous materials, Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

En route to Vancouver BC, (CYVR) an Air Canada Airbus A330-300 (ACA301) on a flight from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) reported losing its hydraulic system and that it was possible that hydraulic fluid had spilled onto the manoeuvring areas at CYUL. ACA301 did not declare an emergency but requested the presence of Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) upon arrival at CYVR. Coordination was done. Impact: Runway 06R/24L was not available from 1228Z to 1238Z causing delays in take-off for several aircraft including an Air Canada Airbus A220-300 (ACA1073), a Jazz Embraer 170-200SU (JZA7552), a Jazz Bombardier CL-600-2B19 (JZA8696), an Air Canada Airbus A321 (ACA926), an Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 (ACA1296) and a Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-402 (JZA7955), and, on arrival, an Air Nunavut (BFF20) on a MEDEVAC flight.

September 16, 2021

Incident at STE-ANNE-DES-MONTS QC (CYSZ) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

The Haute-Gaspésie fire department reported that a Héli Mistral Service Inc. Bell 206L-1, (C-GNDF), flying to Ste-Anne-des-Monts, QC (CYSZ), had landed at CYSZ while the runway was closed by NOTAM (K2549/21) 2021-11-01 to 1900Z. Impact unknown, the aircraft was not on a VFR flight plan.

September 7, 2021

Incident at 150NM KUUJJUAQ QC (CYVP)

An Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-314 (C-FYAI/AIE852), from Quebec City/Jean-Lesage, QC (CYQB) to Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP), initiated a descent to A120 owing to a loss of engine oil pressure and declared PAN PAN.
UPDATE: Aviation Incident Report #17313: The Flight Service Station (FSS) informed the Airport Operator that an inbound Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-314 (C-FYAI/AIE852) from Quebec City/Jean-Lesage, QC (CYQB) to Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) sent out a PAN PAN signal due to issues with the right engine while the aircraft was 30 minutes away from CYVP. The airport emergency coordination centre (ECC) was active. The local fire department and ambulances responded to the airport and remained on standby. The local hospital was notified. The aircraft landed on Runway 07 at 1741Z safely with no incident.

August 15, 2021

Accident at 15NM S DRUMMONDVILLE QC (CSC3)

A privately registered Norman Aviation Nordic II ultralight aircraft crashed in the vicinity of Roxton Falls, QC, under unknown circumstances. The pilot, who was the only soul on board, suffered fatal injuries. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) deployed investigators to the scene of the accident. (Information from Aviation Incident Report (AIRA) incorporated into narrative summary)
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21Q0067: A privately registered, advanced ultra-light Norman Aviation Nordic II was on a visual flight rules flight from a private grass runway at Roxton Falls, QC, with only the pilot on board. According to the information obtained, the aircraft’s Subaru-series engine appeared to be sputtering during the initial climb and the aircraft did not take on altitude. Shortly afterwards, the aircraft’s right wing collided with a tree top on a private farm lot 0.6 nautical miles north-northwest of its departure point. The right wing became detached and the aircraft struck the ground near a building. The pilot found was found outside the aircraft by first responders and the seatbelt had detached. An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) antenna was attached to the fuselage, but neither ELT or jumper wires were installed. Fuel was present in the tanks. One of the spark plug wires and the ignition coil wire were disconnected. The propeller blades did not show typical damage from a collision with an object when in rotation. There was no fire. The pilot was fatally injured.

July 30, 2021

Incident at QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB)

A Government of Quebec Canadair CL600-2B16 (C-GURG/QUE10M) from Québec/Jean-Lesage, QC (CYQB) to Baie-Comeau, QC (CYBC) declared an emergency on takeoff from Runway 24. Emergency services were immediately notified. QUE10M landed on Runway 06 at 0451Z.
UPDATE: TSB report No. A21Q0063: A Canadair CL60 medevac flight operated by the Service aérien gouvernemental du Québec (C-GURG/QUE10M) and performed according to instrument flight rules from Quebec City/Jean-Lesage (CYQB), QC, to Baie-Comeau (CYBC), QC. During initial climb, pitch control required unusual force. Once levelled off at 4,000 ft. ASL, the crew received a message indicating that channel 1 of the electric pitch trim was inoperative. The channel automatically switched to channel 2. The pitch trim was once again operative and the aircraft controls returned to normal. The crew declared an emergency and landed in CYQB, with Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) ready to respond. The aircraft landed without incident. The operator’s maintenance personnel replaced the pitch trim control box and the channel 1 actuator. A check ride confirmed that the issue had been resolved.

July 14, 2021

Incident at QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A Sky Jet MG Inc. Beech 200 (C-GCLQ/LSJ447) from Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) to Chibougamau/Chapais, QC (CYMT) declared an emergency due to an indication of a fire in the left engine. The aircraft landed at CYQB safely at 1201Z. Runway 24 was closed from 1201Z to 1235Z. No other impact on operations.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21Q0057: A Sky Jet M.G. Inc. Beech 200 (C-GCLQ/LSJ447) was on an instrument flight rules flight from Quebec/Jean-Lesage, QC (CYQB) to Chibougamau/Chapais, QC (CYMT) with 2 crew members on board. While the aircraft was at an altitude of 5,000 ft ASL during a climb, the crew declared an emergency due to the indication of a fire in the left engine and asked to return to CYQB. The Quick Reference Handbook (QRH) checklist was completed and the engine was shut down, but the engine fire indication remained. The aircraft landed without incident at CYQB at 1202Z (UTC). The crew evacuated the aircraft on the runway. There were no injuries. An inspection determined that the engine fire detection wires were providing false indications when they were moving. The wiring was repaired.

June 26, 2021

Incident at PUVIRNITUQ QC (CYPX) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

Upon initiating descent to the alternate airport destination of Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) after a missed approach at Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon, QC (CYBX), an Air Inuit Boeing 737-200 (AIE780) from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) to Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) declared an emergency due to a flaps problem. The aircraft landed without incident at 1921Z. No impact. The National Operations Centre (NOC) and the Aviation Operations Centre (AVOPS) were notified.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21Q0048: C-GMAI, a Boeing 737-200 operated by Air Inuit, was conducting flight AIE780 from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) to Puvirnituq, QC (CYPX) with 2 crew members on board. While on approach to CYPX, when the Flap 1 setting was selected, the flaps did not respond. Due to weather concerns, the crew diverted to their alternate airport Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP). The crew declared an emergency. They performed the Quick Reference Handbook (QRH) checklist, and the flaps were lowered with an alternate selection. The aircraft landed in CYPX and taxied to the terminal without further incident.
UPDATE: Aviation Incident Report #17268: An Air Inuit Boeing 737-200 (AIE780) from Puvirnituq, QC (CYPX) to Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) was diverted due to a flap problem. The aircraft had two people on board, 9000 lbs of fuel (expected 8000 lbs at landing), and dangerous goods in compartment C4 (11.4kg of Lithium; 8.1kg of Flammable Lithium, with emergency response protocol 12FZ and 10L). The pilot declared an emergency. A fire truck and ambulance were on standby. After the aircraft landed safely, firefighters inspected the aircraft on the runway. Runways were inspected and reopened 6 minutes after. No other operational impact.

June 15, 2021

Incident at 4NM E Lac la Pêche, Gatineau (Other operational incident)

The Ottawa/Gatineau, QC (CYND) flight service station (FSS) reported a forest fire approximately 4NM east of La Pêche Lake, in Gatineau Park. Emergency services were advised, no impact to operations.

June 4, 2021

Incident at KUUJJUAQ QC (CYVP)

An Air Inuit Boeing 737-275C (C-GSPW/AIE780) from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) to Puvirnituq, QC (CYPX) had to conduct a pull-up at CYPX due to an issue with its flaps. The aircraft diverted to Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP). On approach to CYVP, the aircraft declared an emergency and minimum fuel for arrival at CYVP. Emergency services were required on the ground at CYVP. The flight landed at 1615Z without incident.
UPDATE: TSB Report # A21Q0032: C-GSPW, a Boeing 737-200 operated by Air Inuit under the callsign AIE780, was on an instrument flight rules flight from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) to Puvirnituq, QC (CYPX). During the approach, AIE780 ascended due to a flap problem and diverted to Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP). Approaching CYVP, AIE780 declared an emergency and a minimum fuel condition. The aircraft touched down safely, in the presence of the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit.
UPDATE: Aviation Incident Report #17129: The Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) emergency response plan was activated by NAV CANADA Flight Service Station (FSS) when notified by the crew of an Air Inuit Boeing 737-275C (C-GSPW) that there was a flap issue. Kativik Regional Government (KRG), NAV CANADA FSS, the fire department, Nunavik Police Service (NPS), Health Centre (ambulance), and Air Inuit responded to the emergency. The aircraft landed safely and taxied to the apron on its own power. No injuries. A Safety Management System (SMS) file was activated and a debrief of the occurrence was scheduled.

May 27, 2021

Incident at QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB) (ATM - operations)

A fire alarm led to the evacuation of the tower and the flight information centre (FIC) at Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB). A reduction in services took place for approximately 30 minutes, which included ground service (GS) for aircraft originating from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) and Montreal/St-Hubert, QC (CYHU), which created some delays for a short time.

May 18, 2021

Accident at 145NM NE CHICOUTIMI / ST-HONORÉ QC (CYRC)

Information received from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton (TR). A Go Helico Inc. Aerospatiale AS 350 B-2 (C-FHPQ), on a flight from Chicoutimi/St-Honore, QC (CYRC), encountered a vortex and crashed sideways. The extent of the damage is unknown. No injuries or deaths. The National Operations Centre (NOC), the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) and the Aviation Operations Centre (AVOPS) were notified. (Information from Aviation Incident Report (AIRA) incorporated into narrative summary)
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21Q0025: C-FHPQ, an Aerospatiale AS 350 B-2 helicopter operated by Go Helico Inc., was on a visual flight rules flight from Chicoutimi/St-Honoré, QC (CYRC) to a designated landing area 145 nautical miles north of the point of departure, with one pilot and four passengers on board. During the approach maneuver, the aircraft lost altitude, the right skid caught trees and the aircraft continued its descent. Once on the ground, the aircraft rolled over on its right side. The occupants evacuated and suffered no injuries. The aircraft sustained significant damage; there was no fire or fluid spills. The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was manually activated by the pilot.

May 16, 2021

Incident at MONTRÉAL / PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU INTL QC (CYUL) (ATM - operations)

The Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) control tower was evacuated due to a fire alarm. The controllers moved to the evacuation site. The tower was reopened around 1840Z. Impact: Tier 2 ground stop procedure in effect from 1812Z to 1830Z.

April 14, 2021

Incident at 7NM CHICOUTIMI / ST-HONORÉ QC (CYRC)

At 1527Z, an Exact Air Inc. Piper PA-31 (C-FUMN/ET704) from Chicoutimi/St-Honoré, QC (CYRC) to Chicoutimi/St-Honoré, QC (CYRC) declared an emergency due to an engine failure. Emergency vehicles were requested and subsequently canceled. The aircraft landed safely at 1533Z. No impact on operations.
UPDATE: TSB report # A21Q0019: C-FUMN, a Piper PA-31 operated by Exact Air Inc. under callsign ET704, was on a visual flight rules training flight from the Chicoutimi/St-Honoré, QC (CYRC) airport with a pilot, an instructor and a passenger on board. Following a demonstration of a complete shutdown of an engine, the instructor was unable to restart it. An emergency was declared and the ET704 returned to CYRC on one engine. The aircraft touched down safely with Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) services on alert. There were no injuries and the aircraft was not damaged. During the post-flight inspection, the starter system was functioning normally. The electrical connections have been cleaned and tightened.

February 26, 2021

Incident at 18NM E OTTAWA / GATINEAU QC (CYND)

A Heli-Inter Inc. Aerospatiale AS 355 F2 (C-FXHE) from St-Jérôme (Hydro-Québec) (Heli), QC (CSZ6) to St-Jérôme (Hydro-Québec) (Heli), QC (CSZ6) reported a "PAN PAN" due to an indication of a left engine fire when 18NM east of the field. Emergency services were deployed. C-FXHE landed safely at 1548Z and no smoke was observed. No impact on operations.
UPDATE: TSB Report #2021Q0476: C-FXHE, an Airbus Helicopters AS355 F2 operated by Héli-Inter, was on a power line patrol between Mirabel, QC, and Gatineau, QC, when the crew noticed an odor of burnt electrical wire followed by an indication that the left engine generator was "offline". The pilot declared an emergency and proceeded to the Ottawa/Gatineau, QC (CYND) airport. The aircraft landed safely on the ramp at CYND.

February 9, 2021

Incident at QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB) (Incursion - runway - animal)

At Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB), a vehicle (BR161) on Runway 29 reported an animal that looked like a coyote travelling through the precision approach path indicators (PAPI) 29 and walking towards the threshold of the runway. The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit was advised and scared the animal off the runway at approximately 1920Z. ARFF will advise the trapping team of the situation.

February 4, 2021

Incident at MONTRÉAL INTL (MIRABEL) QC (CYMX) (ATM - operations)

Due to a fire alarm, the Montreal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX) tower had to evacuate and operate from its contingency site from 1518Z to 1555Z. Impact: some VFR aircraft experienced take-off delays. The National Operations Centre (NOC), and the Aviation Operations Centre (AVOPS) were notified.
UPDATE: Duplicate AOR 271170-V1: An alarm sounded, and the 3 controllers had to evacuate the Montreal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX) control tower and move to the contingency site. A few minutes later, limited air traffic control (ATC) service resumed from the contingency site. Impact: refusal of flight authorization for certain training flights. (Duplicate AOR-271170-V1 deleted after information merge)

February 8, 2021

Incident at 9NM SW QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A Pascan British Aerospace Jetstream 3212 (PSC582) from Îles-de-la-Madeleine, QC (CYGR) to Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) declared an emergency due to an unsafe nose wheel indication. Emergency vehicles were deployed. The aircraft landed without issue at 1553Z. Consequently, 20 minute delays occurred for the following aircraft: a Chrono Aviation Inc. Pilatus PC-12/45 (C-GICR/NDL876) from Rouyn Noranda, QC (CYUY) to Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB); a Sky Jet M.G. Inc. Beech 200 (C-GCLQ/LSJ447) de Rouyn Noranda, QC (CYUY) to Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) and a Morningstar Air Express Inc. Aerospatiale ATR 72-202 (C-FTAR/MAL8069) from Montreal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX) to Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB). No other impact.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21Q0002: C-FFPA, a Jetstream 3212 operated by Pascan under the callsign PSC582, was on an instrument flight rules flight from Îles-de-la-Madeleine, QC (CYGR) to Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) with 8 passengers and 2 crew on board. When the landing gear was lowered, an abnormal nose wheel position indication appeared. The emergency procedure was carried out and the crew declared a state of emergency. The aircraft touched down on Runway 24 safely with the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit on standby. There were no injuries and the aircraft was not damaged.

January 12, 2021

Incident at 8NM NE KUUJJUAQ QC (CYVP)

An Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-102 (C-FDLG/AIE858) from Kangirsuk, QC (CYAS) to Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) advised that it would conduct a missed approach due to a landing gear issue. The aircraft declared an emergency at 0102Z and landed on Runway 25 at 0126Z, without incident. No impact on operations.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21Q0001: C-FDLG, a de Havilland DHC-8-102 operated by Air Inuit, was on flight AIE858 under instrument flight rules from Kangirsuk, QC(CYAS) to Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) with 3 crew members and 7 passengers on board. While the aircraft was on approach for landing at CYVP, the "Gear Unsafe" light for the nose wheel illuminated when the landing gear was selected in the extended position. The crew ascended and an emergency was declared with the Kuujjuaq Flight Service Station (FSS). Once established in a holding pattern, the Quick Reference Manual (QRH) checklist was completed and the landing gear was successfully deployed. The aircraft touched down on Runway 25 without issue.
UPDATE: Aviation Incident Report #16949: The Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) Emergency Response Plan was activated by the NAV CANADA Kuujjuaq flight service station (FSS) when the crew of an Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-102 (C-FDLG/AIE858) from Kangiqsualujjuaq (Georges River), QC (CYLU) to Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) notified the FSS of a landing gear issue. The Kativik Regional Government (KRG) Transportation unit, NAV CANADA, the FSS, the fire department, the Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF), the health centre (i.e. ambulance), and Air Inuit responded to the emergency. The aircraft landed safely and taxied to the apron on its own power. There were no injuries. A debriefing session was held on January 14, 2021.

November 20, 2021

Incident at LANGLEY REGIONAL BC (CYNJ) (ATM - operations)

The Langley, BC (CYNJ) tower was evacuated at 2200Z due to a fire alarm. Service resumed at 2220Z. Operational impact unknown.

November 9, 2021

Incident at Kelowna

A WestJet Encore Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-FOWE/WEN3343) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Kelowna, BC (CYLW), on a 10NM final and landing on Runway 16, requested medical assistance for a passenger that was feeling sick. The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit was notified and attended. No operational impact.

November 3, 2021

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ)

A Victoria Flying Club Cessna 172S (C-GSDZ) from Victoria, BC (CYYJ) to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) reported a rough-running engine. The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit was called out on standby. C-GSDZ landed on Runway 21. A NAV CANADA flight (NVC102) was delayed by less than 5 minutes, no other impact on operations.

October 31, 2021

Accident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ)

A privately registered, amateur-built Volmar Jensen Amphibian VJ 22 from Victoria, BC (CYYJ) to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) exited Runway 09 upon landing, and struck the Runway 09 1000ft marker sign on the north side. The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit responded, assisted the pilot, and moved the aircraft clear of the runway protected area. A Jazz Bombardier CL-600-2D24 (JZA8555) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) landed at 2240Z, with a delay of 25 minutes.

June 5, 2021

Incident at 55 11.367N; 120 28.713W

Aviation Incident Report: At 0135Z, a drone operator reported a wildfire and grounded their drone. Crews were dispatched to the fire with an estimated time of arrival (ETA) of two-plus hours. At 0145Z, the drone operator contacted for operational information regarding the fire. They could see a plume of smoke coming over the tree line close to the campground and offered to take drone video footage for reconnaissance. British Columbia Wildfire Service (BCWS) determined the information would be critical to operational planning due to the remote site and proximity to a campground, and authorized the drone operation. At 0155Z, BCWS received the drone footage, but they were not sure if the drone was going to be re-launched as they could not get in contact with the drone operator. The pilots of aircraft doing aerial fire suppression were notified of the situation. They were en route to the fire, but would not enter the airspace until they received confirmation of the grounded drone. At 0240Z, the drone was confirmed down. Aerial suppression operations commenced.

June 3, 2021

Incident at Highway 97 North Okanagan, Vernon, BC

Aviation Incident Report: There were multiple reports of a drone entering airspace above a forest fire where BC Wildfire Service was flying air tankers and helicopters. The drone was capturing footage for a news outlet, and the footage is available online. A NOTAM and advisory were in place for the restricted airspace. (Merged information from Drone Incident Reports #19731, #19734, and #19738)
UPDATE: Aviation Incident Report: It was reported that the media flew a remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) flew into forest fire restricted airspace (50 24.68N;119 19.3W) before crews arrived. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) observed the RPAS and reported to the arriving Incident Commander. The Incident Commander checked the area and determined the RPAS was no longer in the area, but did not advise the arriving Air Tanker Group and two Type 2 Helicopters. The aviation resources were shown the news footage and had no awareness that there had been an RPAS on sight. An Aviation Hazard Occurrence was submitted and a rapid safety lesson is being shared. The incident was reported to Transport Canada, including their NOTAM representative and the RPAS Task Team.

October 23, 2021

Incident at In the vicinity of: VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

The pilot of a Cargojet Airways Ltd. Boeing 767-35E (C-GUAJ/CJT555) from Edmonton, AB (CYEG) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) advised of a possible fire in the cargo hold. Requested that emergency response (ER) services meet the aircraft on the runway, as well as priority handling.

October 26, 2021

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A WestJet Encore Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-402 (WEN3413) from Edmonton, AB (CYEG) to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) experienced a bird strike on touch down Runway 09. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) recovered a gull. No impact on operation.

October 22, 2021

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ) (FOD (foreign object debris), Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-402 (JZA8058) from Victoria, BC (CYYJ) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) reported a bird strike on departure from Runway 09. The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit recovered a gull. Minor delay to a Government of Canada, Department of National Defence flight (CFC4168+).

October 21, 2021

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ)

A privately registered Cessna 182T from Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) reported a loss of brake pressure on one side after landing. Exited runway and taxied back to hangar without assistance. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit conducted an inspection and found no foreign object debris (FOD) or fluid. No impact on operations.

October 19, 2021

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ)

A Victoria Flying Club Cessna 172N (C-GUPA) from Victoria, BC (CYYJ) to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) had flat tire upon landing on Runway 09, and exited via Runway 14. The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit responded and towed the aircraft to the hangar. No impact on operations.

October 11, 2021

Incident at Kelowna (Other operational incident)

A Southern Interior Flight Centre Cessna 172N (C-GMLY) from Kelowna, BC (CYLW) to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) was departing to the North and decided to return to land due to a smoke smell. No emergency declared or Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) service requested. No impact on operations.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. Upon the aircrafts return to Kelowna, BC (CYLW), maintenance inspected the aircraft and found no defects. Following discussions with the crew and control tower staff, it was determined that the smoke smell was likely coming from a yard waste burn southeast of the airport.

September 30, 2021

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ)

A Pacific Sky Aviation de Havilland DHC-2 (LVW202) from Vancouver Harbour, BC (Water)(CYHC) to Victoria Intl, BC (CYYJ) reported a gear indication problem on arrival to Victoria. LVW202 flew by the tower for visual inspection and gear appeared normal. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) called out as precaution. LVW202 landed safely without incident. No impact to operations.

September 24, 2021

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ)

A WestJet Encore de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-GWEJ/WEN3260) from Victoria, BC (CYYJ) to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) reported a possible bird strike when departing Runway 03. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) responded, but did not find evidence. No operational impact.

September 23, 2021

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-GJZY/JZA8055) from Vancouver Intl, BC (CYVR) to Victoria Intl, BC (CYYJ) reported a bird strike when landing Runway 09. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) responded and found a bird carcass. The crew of JZA8055 was notified. No impact on operations.

September 9, 2021

Incident at 6NM PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

A Summit Helicopter Bell 412 Medevac (KM1M) from Penticton, BC (CYYF) to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) was observed on surveillance inside of forest fire restricted airspace and was informed by the flight service station (FSS). The pilot acknowledged and climbed northbound out of restricted airspace. No impact to operations.

September 22, 2021

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-GJZR/JZA8067) from Vancouver Intl, BC (CYVR) to Victoria Intl, BC (CYYJ) experienced a nosewheel hydraulic failure upon landing Runway 14. Smoke was observed pouring from nose wheel when rolling out from landing. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) responded and after nose wheel cooled, JZA8067 taxied into gate. ARFF cleaned up hydraulic fluid on Taxiway A. Taxiway Alpha was unavailable for 2 hours. No operational impact.

September 16, 2021

Incident at ABBOTSFORD BC (CYXX)

The pilot of a privately registered Navion from Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) to Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) initiated a go-around due to landing gear up. The aircraft manoeuvred for landing on Runway 25 and landed safely. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) was put on standby.

September 3, 2021

Incident at PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

A WestJet Encore Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-402 (WEN3337) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Penticton, BC (CYYF) entered restricted forest fire area (NOTAM L4886). No operational impact.

September 14, 2021

Incident at In the vicinity of: FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

A Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Bell 206B (C-GNLG) from Penticton, BC (CYYF) to Penticton, BC (CYYF) reported 6NM northwest (NW) of CYYF inbound via Shingle Creek, a position which is located in the forest fire NOTAM restricted airspace. The Flight Service Station (FSS) informed the pilot that the airspace is still restricted and the pilot acknowledged and exited. No impact to operations.

September 7, 2021

Incident at In the vicinity of: PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

An Air Partners Corp. Learjet 45 (SDE450) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Penticton, BC (CYYF) entered restricted forest fire area airspace NOTAM L4886 and NOTAM L5000. No impact to operations.

September 1, 2021

Incident at 7NM PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

An Abbotsford Flying Club Cessna 172N (C-GGMA) from Kelowna, BC (CYLW) to Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) entered NOTAM restriction L4973 for forest fire activity. The aircraft was at A065. NOTAM is to A075. The flight service station (FSS) informed the pilot and they moved out of the restriction.

September 3, 2021

Incident at PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

A WestJet Encore de Havilland DHC-8-402 (WEN3337) from Calgary Intl, AB (CYYC) to Penticton, BC (CYYF) initiated a missed approach and advised of a traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) resolution advisory (RA) while on final Runway 34. TCAS was in reference to a Transwest Helicopters Bell 412EP (C-GTWJ) from Penticton, BC (CYYF) to Penticton, BC (CYYF) conducting fire fighting operations, bucketing out of NW corner of Skaha Lake. Helicopter traffic was passed to WEN3337 in initial advisory. WEN3337 then landed safely Runway 34. No impact to operations.

July 1, 2021

Incident at PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

TSB Report #A21P0061: C-FHKF, a General Dynamics Convair 440 aerial fire fighting aircraft operated by Conair, was conducting flight TANKER455 from the Penticton, BC (CYYF) tanker airbase with 2 flight crew members on board. C-FKFL, another General Dynamics Convair 440 operated by Conair, was not operating and was parked at the north end of the tanker base near Taxiway C. As TANKER455 was taxiing northbound for departure towards Taxiway C, its left wingtip contacted the left wing of C-FKFL. There were no injuries. C-FHKF received minor damage. C-FKFL received substantial damage.

September 9, 2021

Incident at 6NM PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

A Canadian Helicopters Eurocopter EC120B (C-FBCH) from Penticton, BC (CYYF) to Penticton, BC (CYYF) was observed on surveillance inside of a restricted forest fire airspace. The flight service station (FSS) confirmed position and informed the pilot that they were in restricted airspace, and they subsequently relocated out to the north.

September 11, 2021

Incident at PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

A Pat Lawrence Contracting Ltd. Robinson R44 II (C-FGPS) on a flight from Penticton, BC (CYYF) was observed on surveillance within the Skaha Creek forest fire restricted airspace. The flight service station (FSS) advised pilot of their location and they moved out of the restricted area. No impact to operations.

August 25, 2021

Accident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

During departure, a privately registered Cessna 170B from Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) to Whitehorse/Erik Nielsen, YT (CYXY) veered to the side of the runway and its wheel came off. The aircraft crashed and tipped onto its side. The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit responded and advised that there were no injuries, but there was a fuel leak on the runway. No emergency services needed. A NOTAM was issued to close Runway 12/30 and Taxiway Alpha. All pertinent parties were informed. The runway was returned to service at 2055Z.

August 23, 2021

Incident at In the vicinity of: NANAIMO AIRPORT (CYCD)

A privately registered Cessna 150M from Nanaimo, BC (CYCD) to Nanaimo, BC (CYCD) departed from Runway 16, VFR, with the intention to remain clear of the Forest Fire Restricted Airspace. The aircraft entered the northeast (NE) corner of the airspace briefly.

August 30, 2021

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A WestJet Boeing 737 MAX 8 (C-FNAX/WJA797) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) reported a bird strike when landing on Runway 27. The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit responded and found the carcass of 1 swallow. WJA797 landed safely. No impact on operations.

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