November 8, 2020

Incident at SCHEFFERVILLE QC (CYKL)

The pilot of an American, corporately registered Cessna TU206G (N5411Z) from Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) advised that their aircraft was filled with an incorrect type of fuel at CYKL. The pilot tried to contact the supplier. The fuel supplier number was provided.

October 31, 2020

Incident at MONTRÉAL INTL (MIRABEL) QC (CYMX)

Immediately after departure from Runway 24, an Académie Aéronautique Cessna 172N (C-GIGW) from Montreal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX) to Montreal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX) declared MAYDAY due to a missing fuel cap. The aircraft returned to land on Runway 06 a few minutes later. C-GIGW landed and left the runway of its own power. No impact.

October 4, 2020

Incident at In the vicinity of: ÎSLE-AUX-GRUES QC (CSH2)

A privately registered, amateur-built Pipistrel Virus SW on a VFR flight from Quebec/Neuville, QC (CNV9) to Charlevoix, QC (CYML) to Quebec/Neuville, QC (CNV9), with code but without a flight plan, experienced a gasoline leak and then an engine failure. They made an emergency landing at Isle-aux-Grues, QC (CSH2). No injuries or damage.
UPDATE: Aviation Incident Report #16824: The pilot of an ultralight (Pipistrel) contacted universal communications (UNICOM) in Montmagny, QC (CSE5) to advise that the aircraft had a possible fuel leak and that they were coming to make a precautionary landing. No emergency was declared at this time. The pilot contacted UNICOM again to advise that they would ultimately not have enough fuel to get to CSE5. The pilot then mentioned that they will instead land at Isles-aux-Grues, QC (CSH2). Communication with the UNICOM of CSH2 was difficult due to the quality of communication (i.e. clarity). A helicopter pilot, who was flying in the vicinity, was involved in the communications to help the pilot orient and navigate to the runway of CSH2. Finally, communication improved and the UNICOM attendant managed to talk to the pilot in difficulty (note that the radio frequency is the same for both aerodromes because they are nearby). The pilot announced that their engine has just stopped operating (the fuel gauge was indicating 0 litres, whereas a few moments ago it indicated 10 litres). The pilot was having difficulty finding the airstrip on the island; the attendant informed the pilot that the runway threshold is near the farm silos. The pilot saw the runway and landed a few seconds later, without damaging the aircraft. The aircraft was then pushed off of the runway. No injuries. No impact on operations. No emergency was declared during the event.

September 13, 2020

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

A WestJet Boeing 737-700 (WJA212) from Calgary Intl, AB (CYYC) to Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl, QC (CYUL) initiated an overshoot on final for Runway 24R due to being too heavy for landing. WJA212 burned fuel before returning to land. No impact to operations.

August 18, 2020

Incident at MONTRÉAL INTL (MIRABEL) QC (CYMX)

An Académie Aéronautique Cessna 152 (C-GPFX) from Montreal/Mirabel Intl, QC (CYMX) to Montreal/Mirabel Intl, QC (CYMX) reported a fuel spill while they were taxiing on the taxiways prior to departure. Emergency services advised. No impact to operations.

August 15, 2020

Incident at MONTRÉAL INTL (MIRABEL) QC (CYMX)

An Académie Aéronautique Cessna 152 (C-GPFX) from Montreal/Mirabel Intl, QC (CYMX) to Montreal/Mirabel Intl, QC (CYMX) reported a fuel leak from the overflow whilst they were position on the Taxiway K intersection, holding short of Runway 06. The aircraft taxied back to base without issue. Airport firefighters advised. No damage found upon inspection.

August 4, 2020

Incident at MONTRÉAL INTL (MIRABEL) QC (CYMX)

A privately registered Cessna 182P on a flight to Montreal/Mirabel Intl, QC (CYMX) declared an emergency at 1934Z due to a fuel supply issue. The aircraft cancelled the emergency at 1935Z and landed safely at 1943Z. No impact to operations.

July 19, 2020

Incident at 4NM E OTTAWA / GATINEAU QC (CYND)

At 0211Z, on final for Runway 27, a privately registered Mooney M20C from St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, QC (CSB3) to Ottawa/Gatineau, QC (CYND) declared MAYDAY MAYDAY due to loss of engine power. The aircraft immediately came back and said it was a false alarm. The pilot confirmed having fuel reserves, engine power and control of the aircraft. The aircraft landed on Runway 27 without issue at 0214Z.

July 2, 2020

Accident at 5.5NM SW SOREL QC (CSY3)

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton advised that a privately registered Cessna 140X, in flight in the area of Sorel, QC (CSY3), hit trees while in the ascent. The two people on board were injured. Services have been deployed. Significant damage to the aircraft. The National Operations Centre (NOC), the Aviation Operations Centre (AVOPS) and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) were notified.
Update: TSB Report A20Q0067: A private Cessna 140X was flying under visual flight rules from a private grass runway near Saint-Ours, QC, to Joliette, QC (CSG3), with a pilot and a flight instructor on board. The aircraft began its take-off roll after the engine had been idling for approximately 10 minutes. The pilot-owner, who was flying, had some difficulty controlling the aircraft. The flight instructor, therefore, took control to complete the takeoff, which was carried out at midway, approximately 1,500 feet. A few seconds after the start of the initial climb, the instructor noticed that the speedometer indicated a engine rotation about 300 rpm less than normal and the aircraft was unable to maintain its decreasing speed. Although the throttle was fully open, the aircraft stopped gaining altitude and collided with the treetops. This resulted in a sudden stop of the aircraft, followed by a dive to the ground. The emergency locator transmitter (406 MHz) was activated and its signal was received by the Mission Control Center (Cospas-Sarsat). The aircraft sustained significant damage and a fuel leak occurred without a fire breaking out. The two occupants were seriously injured and taken to hospital.

June 22, 2020

Incident at MANIWAKI QC (CYMW)

TSB Report #A20Q0064: C-FSUD, an Aero Commander 690B operated by MAG Aerospace Canada, landed at the airport of Maniwaki, QC (CYMW) for refueling. Once the aircraft was parked, the refueling truck approached. While the pilot finished filling out documents from inside the aircraft, ground personnel began refueling. When the pilot left the aircraft, they noticed the AVGAS lettering on the truck. They immediately asked to stop the refueling, but 53 liters of fuel had already been poured. A letter has been sent to the refueling company to inform them of the differences between an AC690 (turbine engine) and an AC500 (piston engine), 2 models operated by MAG Aerospace Canada, and request that the personnel on the ground confirm with the pilot the type of fuel before starting to refuel. A reminder was sent to company pilots reminding them that they must supervise refueling and make sure the fuel type is correct.

January 31, 2020

Incident at In the vicinity of: MONTREAL CENTRE / ACC DE MONTRÉAL

A United States Armed Forces Military Airlift Command aircraft (RCH109) changed its destination from McGuire Field, NJ (KWRI) to Goose Bay, NL (CYYR) for fuel consideration. RCH109 did not declare an emergency. No impact on operations.

June 21, 2020

Incident at 15NM W QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB)

An Exact Air Beech A100 (C-FLTS/ET410) from Quebec/Jean Lesage Intl, QC (CYQB) to Val-dOr, QC (CYVO) requested to return to CYQB due to a fuel leak. During the descent toward Runway 06, ET410 declared PAN PAN and requested emergency services on the side of the runway. ET410 landed on Runway 06 at 1719Z without issue. No impact to operations.
Update TSB Report #A20Q0062: C-FLTS, a Beech A100 King Air type aircraft operated by Exact Air under the designator ET410, was flying under instrument flight rules from Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) to Val-dOr, QC (CYVO). While the aircraft was at an altitude of 8,000 feet uphill after departure, the crew observed a slight fuel leak from the left engine nacelle. The crew requested a return to CYQB due to a fuel leak. 15 nautical miles west of CYQB, during the descent for Runway 06, the crew declared a PAN PAN. The aircraft landed without problems on Runway 06 at 1719 UTC with the presence of the aircraft fire fighting and rescue unit (ARFF). The maintenance department discovered a leak via the nacelle probe.

June 14, 2020

Incident at LA MACAZA / MONT-TREMBLANT INTL INC QC (CYFJ)

The pilot of a privately registered Cessna 150K from St-Georges, QC (CYSG) to Val-dOr, QC (CYVO) advised by telephone, when on the ground at La Macaza/Mont-Tremblant, QC (CYFJ), that they had declared PAN PAN PAN on 121.5 at approximately 1530Z due to a low fuel indication. The aircraft landed without issue. The Montreal Area Control Centre (CZUL), the shift manager (SM) at the area control centre (ACC) and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton (CYTR) were advised.

June 2, 2020

Accident at ST-GEORGES QC (CYSG) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

The landing gear of a Grondin Transport Cessna 310R (C-FMST) collapsed upon landing at St. Georges, QC (CYSG). Runway 06/24 at CYSG was closed by NOTAM from 0050Z to 0241Z.
Update TSB Report #A20Q0053: C-FMST, a Cessna 310R operated by Grondair Aviation, was on a visual flight rules (VFR) training flight from St-Frédéric, QC (CSZ4) to St-George-de-Beauce, QC (CYSG) with an instructor and a student pilot on board. After a simulated engine failure landing at CYSG, the aircraft took off and entered a circuit in preparation for a second landing, this time with 2 engines. During the landing, the aircrafts tail struck the ground, followed by the propeller and the aircraft then slid on its belly the length of the runway. The roll out finished approximately 300 ft after impact, slightly left of the runway heading and with smoke coming from the cabin. The landing gear was up when the aircraft was taken away later that evening. There was no fire or fuel/oil leak. There were no injuries.

May 31, 2020

Incident at QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB)

Approximately 30 seconds after takeoff, a Orizon Aviation Quebec Inc. Cessna 152 (C-FZSX) from Quebec/Jean Lesage Intl, QC (CYQB) advised the tower of a "small fuel loss" and that they would like to return to land. The aircraft landed at 1130Z with no impact on operations. No contamination was found following inspection by the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit.

May 11, 2020

Accident at 2.5NM NW ST-DONAT QC (CSY4)

Emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal heard by some high-level aircraft in the vicinity of VIDGO. Source: a privately registered, amateur-built Cyclone C 180 which had an accident in the St-Donat region. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton was notified.
UPDATE Duplicate AOR 263933-V1: Following takeoff from the Ouareau River, a privately registered, amateur-built Cyclone C 180 suffered engine trouble and attempted a return. On landing, the aircraft found itself at the bottom of the river. Substantial damage to the aircraft. No injuries or deaths. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), the National Operations Centre (NOC), and the Aviation Operations Centre (AVOPS) notified. (Duplicate AOR 263933-V1 deleted)
UPDATE TSB Report #A20Q0048: An amateur-built Cyclone 180 type aircraft on floats, in private operation, carried out a local recreational flight according to visual flight rules from and to Lake Ouareau, near St-Donat, QC, with 1 pilot on board. The pilot was conducting the first flight after winter storage. Before departure, they drained their fuel tanks and circulated on the lake for about fifteen minutes before taking off. After 10 minutes in flight, the engine began to lose power and stopped. The aircraft was approximately 600-700 feet AGL and the pilot performed an emergency landing right ahead of them on the Ouareau River, between Lac Blanc and Lac Archambault. During the landing, one wing struck branches and the aircraft nose-dived into the shallow water. The pilot was restrained by their 4-point seat belt, suffered no injuries and was able to evacuate the aircraft to get to shore. The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was activated. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

April 6, 2020

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

Smoke was observed from the left engine of a Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-86J (C-GOWG/SWG9012) on departure from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) for Hamilton, ON (CYHM). The pilot was advised by the terminal control unit (TCU). Twenty minutes later, a fuel spill was observed on Taxiway A up to Runway 24L. An inspection confirmed that the spill was from SWG9012 at the gate. The Montreal shift manager (GDQ) was notified. No impact to operations.
UPDATE: Duplicate record CADOR 2020O0626 / AOR 263397-V1 deleted.

March 25, 2020

Incident at GASPÉ / MICHEL-POULIOT QC (CYGP)

A privately registered Piper PA-28-140 from Gaspé/Michel-Pouliot, QC (CYGP) to Québec/Neuville, QC (CNV9) took off from Runway 10 towards CNV9. At takeoff, it reported that it was going back and landing due to a fuel loss issue, which was eventually linked to an improperly closed cap. The aircraft made it to the ground at 1753Z without any impact on operations.

March 22, 2020

Incident at 23NM MONTRÉAL / PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU INTL QC (CYUL)

A Helidosa Aviation Group Cessna 680 (HI1065) from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) to Tortola, Virgin Islands (TUPJ) reported a gear problem after it had taken off from Runway 06R. The aircraft asked to burn off fuel and return to CYUL. No emergency declared. The aircraft landed without incident on Runway 06R at 1255Z­. No impact on operations.

March 20, 2020

Incident at DUTIL intersection

The air traffic controller (ATC) cleared an American corporately registered Raytheon Hawker 900XP (N900XP) from West Palm Beach Intl, FL (KPBI) to Quebec/Jean Lesage Intl, QC (CYQB) to fly at 5 000 ft. The pilot read back 5 000 ft, then descended to 4 500 ft, above a CYA at 4 000 ft. No impact on operations. N900XP was in a state of emergency due to lack of fuel. The aircraft conducted a missed approach on Runway 06 due to unstable approach. The aircraft landed without incident at 1946Z. No impact on operations.

March 5, 2020

Incident at MONTRÉAL / ST-HUBERT QC (CYHU) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A Cargair Ltd. Cessna 172N (C-GIXH) from Montreal/St-Hubert, QC (CYHU) to Montreal/St-Hubert, QC (CYHU) taxied via Tango and Hotel for its run-up and reported that it had a fuel leak. This part of the taxiway was closed until the inspection was completed. Several departures for Runway 24L were directed to Taxiway Papa for takeoff.

February 21, 2020

Incident at MONTRÉAL INTL (MIRABEL) QC (CYMX) (FOD (foreign object debris))

During a daily runway inspection by the airport services manager (Aéroports de Montréal) at Montreal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX), a fuel tank cap was found. No impact on operations.

February 18, 2020

Incident at MONTRÉAL INTL (MIRABEL) QC (CYMX)

A Federal Express Corporation McDonnell Douglas MD-10-30F (FDX231) from Montreal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX) to Memphis, TN (KMEM) declared an emergency due to an engine fire. Emergency vehicles were deployed. The aircraft was on the ground on the apron. No injuries. Flight plan cancelled. The shift manager, the National Operations Centre (NOC), and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) were notified. No impact on operations.
UPDATE TSB Report #A20Q0027: N313FE, a McDonnell Douglas MD10 aircraft operated by Federal Express, was conducting flight FDX231 from Montréal/Mirabel (CYMX), QC to Memphis Intl. (KMEM), TN. During initial start for the #3 engine, the ground grew advised that flames could be seen coming from the engine. The crew shut off the fuel flow and the flames disappeared. Maintenance was called and carried out an inspection following which the crew attempted a second start. Again flames were seen coming out from the engine. The crew discharged the fire extinguisher bottle and asked for assistance from aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) services. After investigation, the operator’s maintenance confirmed that the engine had not been dry motored after the first start attempt, resulting in a fuel accumulation that caused the fire during the second start attempt. Maintenance replaced the fire extinguisher, the aircraft tested serviceable and was returned to service.

January 3, 2020

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

TSB Report #A20Q0003: C-FSOU, a Jazz Aviation LP Dash-8-300 (DH8C) (JZA8684), was on an IFR flight from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) to CFB Bagotville, QC (CYBG) with 49 passengers and 3 crew members. Immediately after takeoff from Runway 24L, the interior wheel in the left landing gear broke off of the aircraft and fell onto the runway. The crew declared an emergency and remained in flight for approximately 1 hour to burn off fuel and reduce the aircrafts weight before returning to CYUL and landing. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) services were deployed. The aircraft landed on Runway 24R without incident with 1 wheel remaining on the left landing gear. The aircraft cleared the runway via Taxiway B2 and came to a stop. Passengers were brought to the terminal by bus. There were no injuries, and there was no other damage to the aircraft.

January 24, 2020

Incident at QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB)

A Cargair Ltd. Piper PA-23-250 (C-FPCM) from Montreal/Saint-Hubert, QC (CYHU) to Montreal/Saint-Hubert, QC (CYHU) on approach for Runway 06 with a planned pull-up declared a left engine fuel leak. The aircraft cancelled the instruments to remain in the circuit and return and land on Runway 06. The aircraft landed at 2139Z. Runway inspection completed.

January 10, 2020

Incident at 5152N / 06549W

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-200 (N864DA/DAL148) on a flight from Las Vegas Intl, NV (KLAS) to Paris/Charles de Gaulle, France (LFPG) reported having a pressurization issue and would divert to New York/John F. Kennedy, NY (KJFK) for repairs. The aircraft requested and was cleared to descended to FL300. At 0115Z, the aircraft declared an emergency and requested to divert to Boston Intl, MA (KBOS). Boston Area Control Centre (ACC) and Montreal (CYUL) low level advised. The aircraft did not require assistance, nor a fuel dump. No impact on operations. Aircraft left airspace at 0135Z to Boston air route traffic control center (ARTCC).
UPDATE TSB #A20Q0011: N864DA, a Delta Airlines Inc. Boeing 777-200 (DAL148), was on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight from Las Vegas/McCarran Intl, NV (KLAS) to Paris/Charles de Gaulle, France (LFPG). At 0059Z, approximately 125 nautical miles (NM) northwest of Havre-Saint-Pierre, QC (CYGV), the crew declared that it had a pressurization problem, requested a descent to FL300, and also asked to divert to New York/John F Kennedy, NY (KJFK). At 0115Z, when the aircraft was 25 NM north of CYGV, the crew declared an emergency and asked to be diverted to Boston/ General Edward Lawrence Logan Intl, MA (KBOS). The flight was then transferred to the Boston Control Centre at 0135Z. The aircraft landed at KBOS at 0226z. There were no injuries.

Incident at 5057N / 06921W

The pilot of a United Airlines Boeing 767-322 (N659UA/UAL909) on a flight from Chicago/OHare Intl, IL (KORD) to Amsterdam, Netherlands (EHAM) requested a destination change to Newark Intl, NJ (KEWR) due tow unruly passengers on board. No emergency declared, no fuel to dump. North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) advised. No impact on operations.

January 3, 2020

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

A Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-311 (C-FSOU/JZA8684) from Montreal/Trudeau, QC (CYUL) to Bagotville, QC (CYBG) lost a wheel from its left interior back gear at takeoff from Runway 24L. JZA8684 burned off fuel and declared an emergency at 1933Z. JZA8684 landed without incident at 2014Z.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. During initial climb, the flight crew was informed by the air traffic controller (ATC) and the flight attendant (FA) that the aircraft (C-FSOU) lost the left inboard (#2) main wheel assembly. The decision was taken to execute an air turn back after burning some fuel. An emergency was declared and the aircraft landed without further incident. The aircraft stopped on the taxiway, where passengers were deplaned and bused to the terminal. Troubleshooting determined the main wheel bearings failed, allowing the assembly to separate from the gear axle on rotation. As the axle sustained some damage, the landing gear assembly along with the brake units and wheel assemblies were replaced before returning the aircraft to service. The main wheel assembly has been recovered. On January 4, 2020, another aircraft (C-GABO) suffered a No. 3 main wheel bearing failure while taxiing to the gate. Due to the failures on these aircraft, a fleet campaign was commenced on the DHC classic fleet (All DHC-8-102/301/311) to inspect and report on the condition of the main wheel bearings. A Safety Management System (SMS) investigation is currently underway. Further updates on the results of the campaign and SMS investigation will be made in Continuing Airworthiness Web Information System (CAWIS) as part of the follow-up on the two Service Difficulty Reports (SDRs) submitted by the operator.
UPDATE TSB Report #A20Q0003: C-FSOU, a Jazz Aviation LP Dash-8-300 (DH8C) (JZA8684), was on an IFR flight from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) to CFB Bagotville, QC (CYBG) with 49 passengers and 3 crew members. Immediately after takeoff from Runway 24L, the interior wheel in the left landing gear broke off of the aircraft and fell onto the runway. The crew declared an emergency and remained in flight for approximately 1 hour to burn off fuel and reduce the aircrafts weight before returning to CYUL and landing. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) services were deployed. The aircraft landed on Runway 24R without incident with 1 wheel remaining on the left landing gear. The aircraft cleared the runway via Taxiway B2 and came to a stop. Passengers were brought to the terminal by bus. There were no injuries, and there was no other damage to the aircraft.
UPDATE: Duplicate CADOR 2020Q0365 deleted.

August 31, 2020

Incident at TERRACE BC (CYXT)

TSB Report #A20P0086: C-FENY, a WestJet Encore De Havilland DHC-8-402, was operating as flight WEN3106 from Terrace, BC (CYXT) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) with 4 flight crew and 59 passengers on board. Prior to departing CYXT, WEN3106 was fueled. WEN3106 arrived uneventfully into CYVR. After the flight concluded, the operator was informed that the fuel from CYXT was contaminated. The aircraft was taken offline for a maintenance inspection. Two other WestJet Encore aircraft (C-GPWE and C-GWFE) had also fueled in CYXT with contaminated fuel. Fuel filters at the vendor met EI 1581 and 1583 specifications. Fuel samples from the fueling trucks in CYXJ were tested in two independent tests. In both laboratory tests, the fuel met the CGSB 3.23 (2019) JETA-1 chemical standard. For the visual inspection test (ATSM-D4176), one lab passed the sample, the other failed the sample. Enough of the particulate was recovered for a particulate test, and those results determined that the material consisted of oxygen and carbon. The fuel vendor is working with the refinery to determine the origin of the particulate. See also A20W0086 - fuel contamination in Fort St. John, BC.

August 19, 2020

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

TSB Report #A20W0066: C-GHCS, a Sunwest Aviation Ltd. Beech 1900D, was operating as flight CNK055 from Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) with 2 flight crew on board. Prior to departing CYXJ, CNK055 was fueled. CNK055 arrived uneventfully into CYYC. After the flight concluded, the aircraft went into scheduled maintenance. When the aircraft was defueled it was noted that the fuel was foul smelling and contained unknown particulates. A second Sunwest Aviation Ltd. aircraft (C-FBOM) that had also fueled in CYXJ was checked, and it too had fuel contamination. Fuel filters at the vendor met EI 1581 and 1583 specifications. Fuel samples from both aircraft and from the fueling trucks in CYXJ were tested in two independent tests. In both laboratory tests, the fuel met the CGSB 3.23 (2019) JETA-1 chemical standard. For the visual inspection test (ATSM-D4176), one lab passed the sample the other failed the sample. Enough of the particulate was recovered for a particulate test and those results determined that the material consisted of oxygen and carbon. The fuel vendor is working with the refinery to determine the origin of the particulate. There have been no reported engine issues related to fuel dispensed from CYXJ. See also A20P0086 - fuel contamination in Terrace, BC.

October 13, 2020

Incident at VANCOUVER HARBOUR BC (Water) (CYHC)

A Harbour Air Ltd. de Havilland DHC-6-300 (C-GHHA/HR611) from Vancouver Harbour, BC (Water) (CYHC) to Victoria Harbour, BC (Water) (CYWH) aborted its take-off due to a fuel issue. The aircraft taxied back to the docks. No assistance required. No operational impact.

August 20, 2020

Incident at TERRACE BC (CYXT)

At 2324Z, the Centre advised that an Emil Anderson Air Ltd. Beech 200 (C-GEAG) from Terrace, BC (CYXT) to Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) was returning to CYXT due to a fuel gauge discrepancy. No emergency was declared. The aircraft landed without incident at 2337Z and departed again at 0023Z. No operational impact.

August 28, 2020

Incident at PITT MEADOWS BC (CYPK) (Dangerous goods/hazardous materials)

A pilot reported a continuous fuel spill from their aircraft wing while at the fuelling station at Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK). The fire department and airport operations were advised. No injuries or other hazards were reported. No operational impact.

August 10, 2020

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (Water) (CAM9)

TSB Report #A20P0079: C-FWAC, a de Havilland DHC-2 aircraft operated by Harbour Air, was being fueled at the dock at Vancouver International Seaplane Base (CAM9), BC. The pilot quickly realized that they were inadvertently using Jet A instead of Avgas fuel for the piston engine aircraft (Pratt & Whitney-USA R-985 Serial Number 22265). The amount of Jet A added to the fuel tank was estimated to be less than two litres. The aircraft was removed from service. The defect was recorded and reported to the Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO). The AMO drained the fuel from the affected tank and refilled that tank with Avgas. The fuel drains were subsequently sampled and no evidence of Jet A fuel was found. The aircraft was returned to service.

August 2, 2020

Incident at Toba Inlet, BC

TSB Report #A20P0075: C-GNYI, a Bell 212 helicopter operated by Airspan Helicopters Ltd. was engaged in forest fire fighting operations at the end of Butte Inlet. C-GNYI departed the fire location for fuel in the Toba Inlet with a Bambi Bucket attached. On short final to the fuel barge, the pilot unintentionally pressed the belly cargo release button and jettisoned the slung load (Bambi Bucket) short of the fuel barge. The bucket landed in the water and could not be retrieved. The helicopter landed on the fuel barge without further event. There was no injury, damage to property or the environment, beyond the loss of the Bambi Bucket.

August 24, 2020

Incident at CAMPBELL RIVER BC (CYBL)

An American, corporately registered Piper PA-23-250 (N32RW) from Campbell River, BC (CYBL) to Campbell River, BC (CYBL) returned due to a small fuel leak from the gas cap. No assistance required. Landed safely 1718Z.

August 21, 2020

Incident at 0.25NM S PENTICTON BC (CYYF) (Weather balloon, meteor, rocket, CIRVIS/UFO)

At 0.25NM from Penticton, BC (CYYF), a kite surfer was observed in the approach path for Runway 34. The kite surfer was conflicting with the primary flight path of active forest fire helicopters departing into wind and returning for fuel from an active fire just Southeast of the airport. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) advised.

August 8, 2020

Accident at 4852N / 12331W

The Victoria, BC (CYYJ) tower reported a accident involving a privately registered Lake LA-4-200 from Langley, BC (CYNJ) to Duncan, BC (CAM3) in the Saltspring, BC area.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A20P0078: A privately registered, amphibious Lake LA-4-200 aircraft was conducting a flight from Langley, BC (CYNJ) to Nanaimo, BC (CYCD). During the flight, the pilot flew over their personal airstrip they keep on their property in order to assess the feasibility of landing there. On the second inspection pass, the aircraft began to lose altitude while on final approach, and the pilot decided to land the aircraft rather than attempt a go-around. The aircraft impacted a few feet before the landing surface on the rising terrain. The aircraft briefly became airborne again and then contacted the ground in a level attitude, approximately 50 feet from the threshold. The aircraft slid to a stop on the left side of the airstrip. The pilot shut down the aircraft, directed witnesses to turn off the fuel, and had them turn off the ELT, which had activated. Local fire, police, and ambulance attended the scene, with the pilot being taken to the local hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

July 26, 2020

Incident at In the vicinity of: Saltair, BC

Aviation Incident Report #16675: A Pacific Flying Club Cessna 152 (C-GINK) on a flight to Nanaimo, BC (CYCD), flying northbound at 3000 feet, noticed green flashes reflecting off of the underside of its wings that lasted 10 seconds. The pilot noticed the flashing and told another pilot at CYCD about it during a fuel stop; however, the pilot did not realize at the time that the light may have been from a laser, as they were focused on navigating for the approach. The pilot experienced the same event in the same location again on June 29, 2020 at 0847Z - see CADORS 2020P1160.

July 23, 2020

Incident at CASTLEGAR / WEST KOOTENAY REGIONAL BC (CYCG)

A Kootenay Lake Aviation Inc. Cessna 172K (C-GFRK) from Nelson, BC (CZNL) to Castlegar/West Kootenay, BC (CYCG) initiated a call to the flight service station (FSS) at 1458Z while inbound. The FSS responded but the pilot was not responding to the call from the FSS. The pilot broadcasted overhead the field to indicate joining the downwind for circuits for Runway 33, but was actually joining for Runway 15. C-GFRK did multiple circuits with standard circuit position reports but was indicating the opposite runway. At 1529Z, a privately registered, amateur-built Murphy Rebel (C-GFIW) was inbound from the North, planning to land at Castlegar, BC (CYCG) for fuel. The FSS gave the advisory and information on "transmitter (TX) only" traffic. C-GFIW elected to cancel their plan and depart south to Trail, BC (CAD4). No other operational impact.

July 10, 2020

Incident at 7NM SW SMITHERS BC (CYYD)

At 2337Z, the pilot of a privately registered Cessna A185F from Smithers, BC (CYYD) to Smithers, BC (CYYD), at 7NM Southwest, advised of a possible fuel leak in their right tank and that they were returning to land. Airport advisory given, no assistance required, and sufficient fuel was reported in the left tank. The aircraft landed safely at 2342Z. No impact to operations.

July 2, 2020

Incident at PORT HARDY BC (CYZT)

An American, corporately registered de Havilland DHC-2 MK. I (N18NT) from Bellingham, WA (KBLI) to Ketchikan, AK (PAKT) landed in Port Hardy, BC (CYZT) at 2057Z without a trans-border flight plan. The pilot advised they were originally flying from KBLI to PAKT, VFR, but required a fuel stop in CYZT due to en-route weather. The Kamloops (YKA) flight information centre (FIC) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) were advised. The pilot was told to call CBSA upon landing.

June 16, 2020

Incident at ABBOTSFORD BC (CYXX)

A privately registered Yak-50 from Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) to Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) aborted its take-off during a touch and go on Runway 19. The aircraft came to a complete stop on Runway 19, across the hold line for Runway 07. The aircraft was pushed off the runway without incident. One IFR trainer was pulled up on final and given a circuit (CCT) back to Runway 07. No operational impact.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. During a touch and go, the aircraft engine began to lose power. The take-off was aborted and the engine was shut down upon landing. After investigation, maintenance found that the issue was with the pressure carburetor’s auto lean systems diaphragm, which had failed and resulted in excessive fuel being dumped into engine. The carburetor has been removed and sent for overhaul.

Incident at LANGLEY REGIONAL BC (CYNJ)

A privately registered Cessna 172M from Langley, BC (CYNJ) to Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) requested taxi clearance from Hangar 1 to the fuel pumps. Hangar 1 and the fuel pumps are on the the same uncontrolled apron, so the tower instructed the pilot of the Cessna 172M to proceed at their discretion. The Cessna 172M was then observed taxiing from a different apron, using the controlled Taxiways Delta and Alpha, without authorization. No impact to operations.

June 1, 2020

Accident at 5647N / 12324W

At 1625Z, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria called advising that the centre was receiving an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal on a privately registered, amateur-built Rans S-7 Courier from Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) to Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ). The flight plan was requested and forwarded to JRCC Victoria. At 1853Z, the aircraft went into the Information Request to Departure Station (QALQ) phase. After QALQ procedures were completed, JRCC Victoria was called for an update. JRCC Victoria confirmed that the Rans S-7 Courier crashed and that the pilot was not injured. They also confirmed that the pilot used Inreach to contact family and that the family has arranged for a 676578 B.C. Bell 206B (C-GHHE) from Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) to pick up the pilot. Flight plan was closed. Technical Services (TS) advised. Flight plan was filed via Foreflight and no briefing service was provided. Weather and Flight Service Station Information Management System (FIMS) log secured. Aviation occurrence report (AOR) was completed by the Edmonton (CZEG) Area Control Centre (ACC). (Duplicates AOR 264351-V1 and AOR 264340-V1 deleted after information merged)
Update TSB Report #A20W0036: The privately registered, amateur-built Rans S7 Courier was on a round robin flight itinerary from Fort St. John (CYXJ), BC, northwest bound into the mountains, to check out some remote airstrips. The first leg took the aircraft to a strip called Cypress Creek Airstrip, where the pilot dropped off some fuel for the return trip. They then proceeded 20 minutes northwest, into the mountains, to a meadow. After overflying the landing area to assess the field, a successful landing was conducted. The pilot got out of the aircraft to stretch their legs and then re-boarded for departure. The taxi to the departure end of the strip was normal. The aircraft turned around and accelerated down the strip. After rotation, the wind blew the aircraft from right to left across the strip, into an area that had 3 foot high willow bushes along the left side of the strip. The tires began to contact the brush and, as the aircraft moved along, the willows got taller. The aircraft began to slow until it could no longer sustain flight. The willows snagged the landing gear, resulting in the aircraft flipping forward on to its back and coming to rest in a snow bank. The pilot shut down the engine and closed all fuel valves. The pilot was using a 4 point safety harness and a helmet; they sustained no injuries. The pilot made contact with family and friends using a satellite communications unit (Garmin inReach) and in turn, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre was notified.

May 6, 2020

Incident at WILLIAMS LAKE BC (CYWL)

An American, corporately registered Bell 206L (N617TT) on a flight to Williams Lake, BC (CYWL) entered the CYWL control zone (CZ) without making contact with the CYWL flight service station (FSS), and landed at the fuel pumps. No operational impact.

April 26, 2020

Incident at 35NM E PORT HARDY BC (CYZT)

An American, corporately registered Bombardier BD-700-1A11 (N3333U) on a flight from Vancouver Intl, BC (CYVR) to Tokyo/Haneda, Japan (RJTT) declared PAN PAN due to a cracked windshield. The aircraft was given descent to a safe altitude and was cleared to return to CYVR. After holding to burn fuel, N3333U landed safely at CYVR. No operational impact.
UPDATE TSB Report #A20P0050: N3333U, a Bombardier BD-700-1A11 (Global 5000) owned by Wilmington Trust Company Trustee, was conducting a flight from Vancouver International (CYVR), BC, to Tokyo International (RJTT), Japan, with 4 crew members and 4 passengers onboard. During cruise flight at approximately 35 NM east of Port Hardy (CYZT) and FL398, the right hand cockpit windshield cracked. The crew declared a PAN PAN and performed an emergency descent to 12 800 ft as per ATC instructions. The crew followed the QRH and verified the cabin pressure remained stable when the aircraft passed through FL200. The crew cancelled the PAN PAN on return to CYVR and performed a 90 minute fuel burn. The aircraft landed safely with no reported injuries and no damage to the aircraft. A third party maintenance vendor has been contacted to replace the windshield.

April 18, 2020

Incident at LANGLEY REGIONAL BC (CYNJ)

At 2150Z, a SkyQuest Aviation Ltd. Cessna 152 (C-GTYI) from Langley, BC (CYNJ) to Langley, BC (CYNJ) declared an emergency on departure from Runway 19 due to a momentary loss of power and an inability to climb above 500ft. C-GTYI was given clearance to land on any runway and landed on Runway 25 safely. C-GTYI taxied to the hangar under its own power. No operational impact.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The C-GTYI aircraft was dispatched on a solo flight in order to exercise it, as it had not been operated for approximately one month due to operations ceased by COVID. A staff instructor was the sole occupant, intending a 45 minute flight. On climb, the instructor experienced a partial power loss, declared an emergency and landed safely on Runway 25. Subsequent to landing, the wing sumps were checked, with no water found. Gascolator sump was checked and a significant amount of water was found. All three sumps had been checked pre-flight, but no water was noted at that time. Maintenance will inspect and repair/replace fuel caps as necessary.

March 25, 2020

Incident at 26NM NNW LILLOOET BC (CYLI)

TSB Report #A20P0046: C-GXHK, a Piper PA-31-350 operated by Kisik Aerial Survey Inc, departed Nanaimo (CYCD), BC, to conduct survey work north of Lillooet (CYLI), BC, with 1 pilot and 1 survey operator on board. At approximately 26 nautical miles north-northwest of CYLI, the right engine (Avco Lycoming TIO-540-J2BD) lost power and the pilot-in-command (PIC) secured the engine. The aircraft diverted to CYLI and performed a single-engine approach and landed without incident. There were no reported injuries and no damage to the aircraft. The pilot found the right hand inboard fuel cap was not correctly secured and the fuel tank contained approximately 1L of fuel despite the gauge indicating one quarter (approximately 53L). Maintenance replaced the right hand inboard tank inboard fuel sensor and conducted a fuel system inspection for condition, leaks, and operation. A successful ground run was completed, and the aircraft flew back to base at Boundary Bay (CZBB), BC.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. Company Maintenance was dispatched to aircraft (C-GXHK) in Lillooet, BC (CYLI). The fuel tanks on the right wing were sump checked and found empty. The fuel filling cap was inspected and found to be serviceable. The fuel quantity indicator for the right wing indicated a quarter full. The right inboard full quantity sender was replaced and calibration was carried out. As there is no anti-siphon protection at the filler port, maintenance suspects that the fuel bladder may have damaged the sender due to the during flight lifting the fuel bladder against the sender. The aircraft was fuelled, no leaks were evident. The fuel cap was correctly installed and the aircraft flew back to Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) with no issue. The aircraft was fuelled by the company flight crew in Nanaimo, BC (CYCD) and it is suspected that the fuel cap did not get properly secured prior to take-off. The company is reviewing the company procedures.

April 6, 2020

Incident at 3NM KAMLOOPS BC (YKA) NDB

A privately registered Apollo Deltajet 2 from Kamloops, BC (CYKA) to Kamloops, BC (CYKA) advised the Flight Service Station (FSS) of low fuel pressure and that they were returning to the airport. Aircraft landed safely at 1928Z.

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