October 1, 2021

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

An Académie Aéronautique Cessna 152 (C-GVYD) from Montréal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX) to Montréal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX) cancelled its take-off run for Runway 24 from B6. After clearing the runway, the aircraft requested emergency response services due to a fuel selector problem. Several delays on operations until 1929Z.

September 26, 2021

Incident at 4943N / 06205W

A United States Air Force Air Mobility Command Boeing KC-135R (RCH241) from Salt Lake City Intl, UT (KSLC) to Royal Air Force Mildenhall, UK (EGUM) declared an emergency due to a fuel leak. Pilot requested initial diversion to Bangor, ME (KBGR) and then requested Goose Bay, NL (CYYR) due to poor weather in KBGR. Aircraft dumped fuel. No additional assistance required. Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton and shift manager (SM) advised.

Incident at 4845N / 06324W

At 0355Z, a United States Air Force Air Mobility Command Boeing KC-135R (RCH241) from Salt Lake City, UT (KSLC) to Mildenhall, UK (EGUN) declared an emergency due to a potential fuel leak. The aircraft diverted to Goose Bay, NL (CYYR). No traffic. No impact on operations. The aircraft landed safely at 0533Z.
UPDATE: AOR-278290-v1: A United States Air Force Air Mobility Command Boeing KC-135R (RCH241) from Salt Lake City Intl, UT (KSLC) to Royal Air Force Mildenhall, UK (EGUM) declared an emergency due to a fuel leak. Pilot requested initial diversion to Bangor, ME (KBGR) and then requested Goose Bay, NL (CYYR) due to poor weather in KBGR. Aircraft dumped fuel. No additional assistance required. Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton and shift manager (SM) advised. (Duplicate AOR-278290-V1 / CADORS 2021Q2739 deleted after information merge)

September 21, 2021

Incident at 11NM QUÉBEC / NEUVILLE QC (CNV9)

While inbound to Québec/Neuville, QC (CNV9), a Weekend Aviation Inc. Cessna 150J (C-FILI) on a flight to Québec/Neuville, QC (CNV9) reported that it might run out of fuel. No emergency. The aircraft landed without incident at CNV9.

October 1, 2021

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

A Uformatics Inc. Beech B35 (C-FOUH) from Montréal/St-Hubert, QC (CYHU) to Burlington, ON (CZBA) experienced a fuel leak on Runway 24L. The runway was closed for approximately 30 minutes to allow for cleaning.

September 14, 2021

Incident at 125NM LA GRANDE RIVIÈRE QC (CYGL) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

An emergency (PAN PAN) was declared by an Air Inuit Boeing 737-275C (C-GSPW/AIE700) from Montréal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl, QC (CYUL) to Puvirnituq, QC (CYPX) due to a potential fuel leak. Diverted to La Grande Rivière, QC (CYGL). Emergency services were waiting on the ground. The aircraft landed at 1712Z without incident. Impact: the runway was closed until 1731Z.

August 12, 2021

Incident at VAL-D'OR QC (CYVO)

A privately registered, amateur-built Virus Swis from de Val-dOr, QC (CYVO) to Val-dOr, QC (CYVO) declared “PAN PAN” due to low fuel pressure. The aircraft did not request assistance from emergency services. The aircraft landed without incident at 2001Z. No impact on operations.

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.

June 20, 2021

Incident at SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV)

TSB Report #A21Q0047: A Les Hélicoptères Canadiens Airbus AS355N helicopter (C-FXIH) was on a visual flight rules flight from Sept-îles, QC (CYZV) to the IOC helipad at approximately 4 NM south-west. Shortly after take-off, the red “REG” warning light lit up and extinguished at the same time as the Ng fluctuations (engine gas generator) appeared. An intermittent aural warning sounded, indicating rotor revolution overspeed (RPM); however, the pilot noticed that the RPM were in the normal functional range. Following this, the “ENG P” and “R/H GEN” warning lights lit up and the “delta Ng” indicator of engine number 2 squawked zero. The pilot followed procedures for continuing the flight with only one functioning engine. The aircraft turned back and landed without issue on Taxiway Bravo at CYZV. Maintenance crew found that the digital engine control unit (DECU) had reacted to a faulty overspeed warning and had cut the fuel feed on engine number 2.

June 7, 2021

Incident at 20NM NNW LA TUQUE QC (CYLQ)

A Chartright Air Bombardier CL-600-2B16 (HRT085) from Montreal/St-Hubert, QC (CYHU) to Edmonton, AB (CYEG) reported hearing a "Mayday" call on the guard frequency from an Exact Air Cessna R182 (C-GBSC) with an engine failure. This aircraft was not in communication with Toronto (YYZ) air traffic control (ATC) and there was no flight plan on file. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton was notified and indicated that Bagotville (YBG) had also heard the call. Numerous attempts by aircraft to contact C-GBSC were unsuccessful. No operational impact. At 2138Z, JRCC advised that C-GBSC had landed safely.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21Q0036: An Exact Air Cessna R182 (C-GBSC) was on a visual flight rules flight from Lachute, QC (CSE4) to Manic-5, QC (CMN5), with only the pilot on board. While the aircraft was in cruising flight at an altitude of 3000 feet ASL, at approximately 20NM north northwest of La Tuque, the engine lost power. The pilot actioned the emergency checklist and issued a “MAYDAY” call. After the carburetor heat was activated, the engine ran rough a few times and then normal power returned. The aircraft landed at the St-Honoré, QC (CYRC) airport, where an inspection was performed and no failures were detected. (Duplicate CADORS 2021O0652 deleted after information merge.)

June 26, 2021

Accident at GASPÉ / MICHEL-POULIOT QC (CYGP) (Dangerous goods/hazardous materials, Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A Precision West AG Corp. Ayres S2R-T34 (C-GERO) from Gaspé/Michel-Pouliot, QC (CYGP) to Gaspé/Michel-Pouliot, QC (CYGP) suffered an engine failure on final for Runway 10 and crashed more than 200 feet from the threshold of Runway 10. Following the crash, there was a fuel or spray product (insecticide) leak. Emergency services and airport manager (APM) advised. Impact: a Precision West AG Corp. Thrush Aircraft S2R-T34 (C-FELO) from Gaspé/Michel-Pouliot, QC (CYGP) to Gaspé/Michel-Pouliot, QC (CYGP); a Mitchinson Flying Service Cessna 310R (C-GFXA) on a flight to Gaspé/Michel-Pouliot, QC (CYGP); a Precision West AG Corp. Ayres S2R-T34 (C-GURO) on a flight to Gaspé/Michel-Pouliot, QC (CYGP); a Precision West AG Corp. Thrush Aircraft S2R-T34 (C-FDLO) on a flight to Gaspé/Michel-Pouliot, QC (CYGP); and a Precision West AG Corp. Thrush Aircraft S2R-T34 (C-GESO) on a flight to Gaspé/Michel-Pouliot, QC (CYGP) experienced landing delays. Runway 10/28 was closed from 1155Z to 1500Z. The National Operations Centre (NOC), the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) and the Aviation Operations Centre (AVOPS) were notified.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21Q0046: C-GERO, a Thrush Aircraft S2R-T34 operated by Precision West AG corp., was conducting an aerial application flight from and to Gaspé, QC (CYGP) with one pilot on board. On short final, with the engine at idle, the pilot moved the power lever to apply more power, but there was no response from the engine. A high ITT warning quickly followed. The aircraft could not reach the runway and struck the ground approximately 200 feet short of the threshold of Runway 10, striking the perimeter fence before coming to a complete stop. The Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) was triggered. The pilot secured the airplane and was not injured.

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 5126N / 06117W

An FAI Rent-A-Jet Learjet 60 (DCFAZ/IFA1171) from Boston, MA (KBOS) to Reykjavik/Keflavik, Iceland (BIKF), en route, required an unscheduled fuel stop in Goose Bay, NL (CYYR). No emergency or impact to operations.

June 12, 2021

Accident at 55NM NW VAL-D'OR QC (CYVO)

A privately registered Cessna A185F made an emergency call on 121.5 MHz. The aircraft advised of an engine failure and indicated that it would attempt to land at Lac-Chicobi at 2141Z. The aircraft was 4NM North of Lac-Chicobi. The aircraft broadcast the phone number of a contact who would be attending the rescue. A loss of communication occurred a few minutes after the initial contact. 3 souls on board were uninjured. The aircraft is reported as a total loss. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton was advised. (Duplicate record AOR 274532-V1 deleted after information merge; additional information from Aviation Incident Report (AIRA) incorporated into narrative summary)
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21Q0038: A Cessna A185F was on a visual flight rules flight from Lac Plamondon, QC, to Lac Preissac, QC, with 1 pilot and 2 passengers on board. While the aircraft was in cruising flight at 7000 feet, the engine stopped suddenly and the pilot tried to head to Lac-Chicobi, QC. While the aircraft was at an altitude of 3000 feet, it quickly began losing altitude, and the pilot attempted a landing in marshland located approximately 4 NM north of Lac-Chicobi. The aircraft was damaged but did not flip over, and all the occupants were uninjured. The post-landing inspection showed that the right wing’s fuel tank cap was missing and that the tanks were empty. Afterwards, the engine was able to be started and appeared to function normally.

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 19, 2021

Incident at 4653N / 07520W

A responsible person called to report that a Willow Bay Helicopters Ltd. Robinson R66 (C-GZBB) did not arrive on time. There were 3 people on board the aircraft and 2 hours and 30 minutes of fuel available upon departure. The aircraft took off from Ste-Anne-du-Lac (time unknown and approximate position 4653N / 07520W), north of Mont-Laurier, QC (CSD4), to fly along the Mithcinamecus river and back to Ste-Anne-Du-Lac for 2245Z. At 2335Z, the responsible person called back to say that C-GBZZ had made contact to advise that it would arrive at its destination in 30 minutes. The Montreal (ZUL) Shift Manager was advised.

April 30, 2021

Incident at Héliport de Capitale Hélicoptère

The flight plan (FP) for a Go Helico Inc. Eurocopter EC-130 B4 (C-GIBO) from Capitale Hélicoptere heliport, QC (CCH7) to Miramichi, NB (CYCH) was filed without the necessary fuel to complete the flight and without information about fuel stopovers.

May 11, 2021

Accident at In the vicinity of: Les Escoumins, QC

Several aircraft reported an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal, between 1444Z and 1446Z, near Les Escoumins, QC. During the call to the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) Halifax, the JRCC advised that a Heli/Express Inc. Aerospatiale AS 350 B-2 (C-GHEX) had crashed. Emergency services had not been deployed. No injuries. No service provided by NAV CANADA. No impact on operations.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21Q0024: C-GHEX, an Aerospatiale AS350 B2 helicopter operated by Heli-Express Inc., was on a slinging flight along a high voltage line 1.7NM north of Les Escoumins, QC. The tail rotor gearbox and tail rotor separated from the helicopter while in flight. The pilot released the sling load and proceeded to a dirt runway not far from their position for an emergency landing. During the approach, there was a deceleration and the helicopter began to turn on itself towards the left. The pilot was unable to regain control of the helicopter and decided to cut off the fuel supply to stop the rotational movement and attempt a landing without an engine. The aircraft struck the ground hard in an upright position, without tipping over to the side. The emergency locator transmitter was activated. A second helicopter touched down shortly thereafter with rescuers and the injured pilot was transported to hospital.

April 30, 2021

Incident at 5130N / 07559W

A United States Air Force Air Mobility Command Lockheed C-5 (Galaxy) (RCH282) from Fairfield/Travis Air Force Base, CA (KSUU) to Naval Station Rota, Spain (LERT) experienced a mechanical problem with the fuel management system. RCH282 requested a change of destination for Dover Air Force Base, DE (KDOV). RCH282 did not declare an emergency. No impact on operations.

April 27, 2021

Incident at 14NM NE MONTRÉAL INTL (MIRABEL) QC (CYMX)

A Top Aces Inc. McDonnell Douglas TA-4J (C-FGWT/FD99) from Montreal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX) to Montreal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX) reported mechanical difficulties and requested the presence of emergency vehicles. The aircraft did not declare an emergency, and landed safely on Runway 29 at 1837Z. Although the runway was closed, the landing was cleared by the airport duty manager (ADM) and the runway was inspected beforehand. The aircraft had one person on board (SOB) and 3,000 pounds of fuel. The National Operations Centre (NOC) and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton were notified. No impact on operations.

April 10, 2021

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

At 1033Z, a Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-402 (JZA8701) from Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) to Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) initiated a missed approach for Runway 06R due to an indication of a landing gear problem. At 1104Z, JZA8701 declared a "PAN PAN" and emergency services were deployed. The aircraft landed safely at 1122Z and left the runway at 1203Z. No impact on operations.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21Q0018: C-GGOY, a Dash 8-402 operated by Jazz Aviation under the callsign JZA8701, was on an instrument flight rules flight from Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) to Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) with 3 crew members and 34 passengers on board. While the aircraft was on final approach for Runway 06R at CYUL, the "Left Gear Unsafe" light illuminated when the landing gear was selected for the extended position. The crew ascended and an emergency (PAN PAN) was declared. The Quick Reference Handbook (QRH) checklist was completed and the light remained on. The aircraft touched down on Runway 06R safely and the aircraft came to a stop. The landing gear was secured and the aircraft was towed to the boarding gate.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. During approach, the flight crew received a "left" red Main Landing Gear (MLG) unsafe warning indication. The Quick Reference Handbook (QRH) was reviewed and an alternate gear extension was performed, with the same result. The alternate gear extension verification light was also indicating an unsafe condition. An emergency was declared. After burning off excess fuel and repositioning passengers in the cabin, the aircraft landed without further incident, stopping on the runway. Maintenance confirmed that the left MLG was not in a locked position. The gear was physically moved to a locked position and secured with a ground lock safety pin. The aircraft taxied to its assigned gate, where passengers deplaned. Following troubleshooting, the left MLG downlock actuator was replaced and the system tested serviceable. The aircraft was returned to service following a successful test flight. Service Difficulty Report No. 20210414003 was submitted

March 15, 2021

Incident at LA GRANDE RIVIÈRE QC (CYGL)

Shortly after take-off, a Voyageur Airways de Havilland DHC-8-102 (C-GOND/VAL9887) from La Grande Rivière, QC (CYGL) to Kuujjuarapik, QC (CYGW) advised that it was returning to the airport due to an indication. No emergency declared, no service required. VAL9887 burned fuel to the north and landed safely at 1542Z.

March 3, 2021

Incident at 10NM N KUUJJUAQ QC (CYVP)

An Air Inuit Ltd. Beech B300 (C-FKMG/AIE570-M) on a MEDEVAC flight from Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) to Quaqtaq, QC (CYHA) returned to the airport without declaring an emergency due to a low level fuel leak problem from above one of the wings. The airport manager (APM) then performed a runway inspection. No known impact on operations.

February 26, 2021

Incident at 5029N / 06648W

A United Airlines Boeing 777-300 (UAL801) from Newark, NJ (KEWR) to New Delhi, India (VIDP) declared a medical emergency due to sick passenger. The aircraft requested to return to KEWR and requested medical assistance on the ground. The aircraft dumped fuel and all information was passed to the Montreal area control centre (ACC). No impact to operations.

February 24, 2021

Incident at VAL-D'OR QC (CYVO)

Shortly after departure, an Airmedic Inc. Pilatus PC-12/47E (C-GMXD) from Val-dOr, QC (CYVO) to Eastmain River, QC (CZEM) advised that it was returning to land at CYVO due to an indication problem (i.e. fuel pump issue). No emergency declared or assistance requested. While inbound, C-GMXD advised of a "return to normal" and asked to proceed towards CZEM. Moments later, C-GXMD requested to be rerouted to CYVO again. The aircraft landed safely at 1211Z. No impact on operations. (Duplicate AOR 271590-V1 / CADORS 2021Q0445 deleted after information merge)

February 18, 2021

Incident at ROUYN-NORANDA QC (CYUY)

After taking off from Rouyn-Noranda, QC (CYUY), a Propair Inc. Beech A100 (PRO4240) on a MEDEVAC flight from Rouyn-Noranda, QC (CYUY) to Nemiscau, QC (CYHH) reported an issue and requested to be rerouted to CYUY. No emergency was declared, and the nature of the issue was not specified. PRO4240 burned fuel at 4000ft, then landed safely at 0132Z. No impact.

October 29, 2021

Incident at PRINCE GEORGE BC (CYXS)

A 9519 Investments Ltd. Cessna 560 Citation Ultra (C-GHCW) from Prince George, BC (CYXS) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) departed and, on initial contact with the Vancouver (VR) area control centre (ACC), reported a mechanical issue and requested to return to CYXS. C-GHCW was vectored for the approach and landed safely. No operational impact.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. After takeoff, one engine became unresponsive. An indication of N1 overspeed occurred, so the throttle was moved about 3 inches, with no response. Then, an N2 overspeed indication occurred, so the engine was shut down. The fuel control unit is being replaced for troubleshooting.

October 2, 2021

Incident at 6000N / 13740W

A Kalitta Charters II Boeing 747-400 (CKS652) from Anchorage, AK (PANC) to Miami Intl, FL (KMIA) reported a fuel issue and they turned off #1 engine, leaving them operating with 3 engines.

September 16, 2021

Incident at In the vicinity of: LANGLEY REGIONAL BC (CYNJ)

A Langley Flying School Cessna 172N (C-GBPT) from Langley Regional, BC (CYNJ) to Langley Regional, BC (CYNJ) advised returning to land from Glen Valley because of a fuel leak. The aircraft was cleared straight in Runway 19 and landed. No operational impact.

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.

September 2, 2021

Incident at VANCOUVER / BOUNDARY BAY BC (CZBB)

A Pacific Professional Flight Centre Ltd. Diamond DA 42 (C-GXRE) from Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) to Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) returned after its departure due to low fuel pressure indications.

August 7, 2021

Incident at 1NM N Discovery Island (Dangerous goods/hazardous materials)

A Helijet International Sikorsky S-76A (JBA781) from Vancouver/Harbour (Public), BC (Heli) (CBC7) to Victoria Harbour (Camel Point), BC (Heli) (CBF7) reported a fuel slick behind a 30-foot white sailboat, which was currently stationary. The Coast Guard was advised.

August 11, 2021

Incident at 25NM NE Kelowna (CYLW)

A privately registered Mooney M20E on a controlled VFR flight from Port Alberni, BC (CBS8) to Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW) declared "Mayday" due to a failed fuel pump and power loss with the Vancouver (VR) area control centre (ACC) when approximately 25NM northeast (NE) of Kelowna, BC (CYLW). The aircraft was cleared to CYLW and landed safely at 1715Z. A WestJet Encore Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-402 (WEN3181) from Edmonton, AB (CYEG) to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) experienced a minor delay. (Duplicate AOR-276483-V1 deleted after information merge)

July 29, 2021

Incident at ABBOTSFORD BC (CYXX)

A privately registered, amateur built Bede BD5B from Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) to Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) conducted a high speed low pass on Runway 19 and then reported an issue that required immediate landing. The aircraft was cleared to land on any runway, indicated a preference for Runway 25 and were cleared to land on that runway. The aircraft subsequently reported that the issue was being resolved and selected Runway 19, and were then cleared to land on that runway. The aircraft landed on Runway 19 safely. The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit was called via the red ARFF call button and were standing by for the landing aircraft. No operational impact. The pilot of the aircraft reported that they believed the issue was a faulty fuel pump.

July 24, 2021

Incident at 45NM PORT HARDY BC VOR/DME (YZT)

An Omni Air International Boeing 767-300 (OAE7923) on a flight from Fairbanks/Eielson Air Force Base, AK (PAEI) to Seattle/Boeing Field, WA (KBFI) diverted to Seattle-Tacoma, WA (KSEA) due to a flap issue. The aircraft dumped fuel, and declared an emergency due to a fast approach speed with a half flap into KSEA. The KSEA air route traffic control center (ARTCC) was advised.

August 3, 2021

Incident at VICTORIA HARBOUR BC (Water) (CYWH) (Aerodrome - other)

The pilot of a Harbour Air Ltd. de Havilland DHC-3 (C-FHAX/HR313) reported seeing a possible fuel/pollution spill in the middle of the harbour, near the customs dock, at Victoria Harbour (Water), BC (CYWH). After landing and taxiing near the location, the pilot suspected it was more likely bilge. This was reported to the Coast Guard, who were already aware.

June 22, 2021

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (Water) (CAM9)

TSB Report #A21P0049: C-GOLC, a de Havilland DHC-2 aircraft operated by Harbour Air, was being fuelled at the dock at Vancouver International Seaplane Base, BC (CAM9). The person refuelling the piston engine aircraft (Pratt & Whitney-USA R-985 Serial Number 4220855) used the Jet A nozzle instead of the AvGas nozzle. The fuel nozzle had been turned on but the fuel pump for the Jet A had not been turned on. An unknown amount of Jet A was added to the fuel tank. The fuel tank was drained by company maintenance and the aircraft was returned to service.

Accident at PITT MEADOWS BC (CYPK)

TSB Report #A21P0047: C-FCFX, a Cessna 172M owned by Canadian Aviation College, was being operated by a student while taxiing for the fuelling location. The left wing struck a staircase structure alongside the fuel tank; the aircraft was spun towards the fuel tank, but it impacted a cement barricade with the propeller, which resulted in sudden stoppages of the engine and aircraft. The pilot was not injured and there was no fuel spill.

July 21, 2021

Incident at VANCOUVER CENTRE / ACC DE VANCOUVER

A Federal Express Corporation McDonnell Douglas MD-11F (N589FE/FDX29), enroute from Indianapolis, IN (KIND) to Anchorage, AK (PANC) in Edmonton area control centre (ZEG) airspace, was rerouted to Seattle/Tacoma, WA (KSEA) due to a fuel emergency.

July 18, 2021

Incident at In the vicinity of: VANCOUVER / BOUNDARY BAY BC (CZBB)

A privately registered, amphibious Republic RC-3 on a flight to Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) conducted a forced landing on the water outside the control zone.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21P0062: A privately registered, float equipped Republic RC-3 was on a VFR flight from Powell Lake (Water), BC (CAQ8) to Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) with 2 persons onboard. After being cleared for an approach to Runway 13 by the CZBB tower, the engine (Franklin 6A8-215-B9F) failed. The pilot communicated the engine failure to CZBB tower, but did not declare a MAYDAY. The pilot was able to force land the aircraft on the South arm of the Fraser River, approximately 2NM South East of Vancouver, BC (CYVR). The pilot declined CZBB towers offer for fire fighter or coast guard hovercraft assistance. The aircraft was towed to a nearby boat launch by a private boater, where it was pulled up to the parking lot. There were no injuries and the aircraft was not damaged. Upon inspection by an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME), it was discovered that the fuel gauge read approximately 6 gallons more than what was actually onboard. The fuel system was recalibrated, the aircraft was fueled, and a flight to CZBB was completed, without further incident. It was concluded that the engine failed due to fuel exhaustion.

July 7, 2021

Incident at 5246N / 12856W

The pilot of a Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-402 (JZA8523) from Sandspit, BC (CYZP) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR), approximately 100NM east southeast (ESE) of CYZP, reported a fuel indicator warning. Clearance was requested to return to CYZP. The aircraft landed safely at 2338Z.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. After departure, the flight crew received erroneous fuel displays and a fuel imbalance message. The flight crew, in consultation with company maintenance and dispatch, conducted an ATB, however, no emergency was declared. The right-hand (R/H) fuel quantity indication was erratic. Maintenance performed testing and troubleshooting, and replaced the R/H fuel probe, along with the fuel quantity computer. Service Difficulty Report (SDR) no. 20210709014 has been submitted.

July 6, 2021

Incident at PITT MEADOWS BC (CYPK)

The pilot of a Turbolyft Aerospace Group Inc. Aerospatiale AS350-B3 (C-GSSK) from Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) to Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) was given a northbound departure from an area north of Taxiway Foxtrot. Moments later, the pilot reported an engine failure and that they had landed safely. No operational impact.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21P0064: A privately registered Aerospatiale (Airbus) AS 350 B3 helicopter was conducting a local VFR maintenance test flight following a 144 month maintenance inspection from Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK), with the pilot and 2 maintenance personnel on board. Following the completion of hover checks, the helicopter was transitioned to forward flight. At an airspeed of approximately 40 knots, the pilot observed a fuel pressure warning, followed by a reduction of engine power and main rotor decay. The takeoff was rejected and an emergency landing was made on Taxiway F. Air traffic control (ATC) was advised of the rejected takeoff and emergency. The ELT automatically activated upon landing. There were no injuries. Subsequent maintenance activities found the loss of engine power was resultant from an interrupted fuel flow by a piece of debris that remained in the helicopters fuel cell following the inspection. Structural damage to the helicopters tail boom was repaired and the helicopter was returned to service.

July 1, 2021

Incident at VANCOUVER / BOUNDARY BAY BC (CZBB)

An Insignia College Ltd. Cessna 172K (C-GDON) from Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) to Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) reported an engine issue. The aircraft landed safely east of Runway 25 on a farmers field. Minimal impact on operations.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21P0054: C-GDON, an Insignia College Cessna 172, was conducting flight training circuit exercises at Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) with a student and instructor on board. The aircraft departed from Runway 13 after the student performed a touch-and-go landing. At approximately 400 feet AGL, the engine surged and then lost power (Avco Lycoming O-320-E2D). The instructor took control of the aircraft, declared an emergency, and attempted to return to land on Runway 25. The aircraft did not reach the runway and landed near the airport perimeter fence, in a farmers field. The aircraft sustained no damage. There were no injuries. The ELT did not activate. Subsequent maintenance actions included adjusting the left-hand (LH) fuel tank vent tube in accordance with the maintenance manual and replacing the LH fuel cap with a vented filler cap. The aircraft has been returned to service.

June 24, 2021

Incident at 7NM NE ABBOTSFORD BC (CYXX)

A Pacific Rim Aviation Academy Inc. Diamond DA 20-C1 (C-GGUK) on a local flight from Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) to Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) was 1 mile north of the Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) control zone when the aircraft contacted the outer tower to declare a "Mayday" due to engine issues and advise that it was proceeding with a forced approach to a field located 1 mile north of the control zone, and 1 mile east of the Mission Bridge. 911 was called. C-GGUK called 5 minutes later on the radio to report it had landed safely. The 2 souls on board were uninjured. No damage to the aircraft reported. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) was advised. (Information from Aviation Incident Report (AIRA) incorporated into narrative summary)
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. Pacific Rim Aviation Academy’s Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) provided an update, advising that after the incident, the fuel tanks were inspected and found to contain no fuel. The aircraft was inspected and there were no identified defects which could have caused the fuel tanks to run dry and the engine to stop.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21P0048: C-GGUK, a Diamond DA20-C1 aircraft operated by Pacific Rim Aviation Academy, was conducting a local training flight from Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) with 1 instructor and 1 student on board. During cruise, the engine (Continental IO-240-B) power began fluctuating. The flight crew conducted troubleshooting for the issue; however, there was no improvement. The flight crew declared an emergency and decided to conduct a forced landing in a field. There were no injuries and no damage to the aircraft. The ELT did not activate.

June 22, 2021

Accident at 15NM NE TERRACE BC (CYXT)

A White Bear Industries Ltd. Robinson R44 II (C-FWBL) on a flight from Terrace, BC (CYXT) informed the CYXT flight service station (FSS) that it had conducted an emergency landing due to an aircraft issue. The aircraft was damaged upon landing. A helicopter was sent to pick up the pilot and passenger. No impact on operations.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21P0046: C-FWBL, a privately operated Robinson R44 II operated by White Bear Industries Ltd., was enroute from Lakelse Lake, BC, to Fort Nelson, BC (CYYE) with one passenger on board when the pilot received a low main rotor RPM warning horn and light, with both engine and main rotor tachometer needles decreasing. The pilot performed a forced landing on a mountain logging road approximately 15 NM NE of Terrace, BC (CYXT). The pilot noticed while in the auto-rotation descent that the reciprocating engine RPM was fluctuating (Lycoming IO-540-AE1A5, 6 cylinder, fuel injected). During the flare to touch down, with collective and aft cyclic application to arrest the descent and forward motion, the helicopter skidded forward for about 15 feet on the gravel road. The helicopter remained upright on its skids, and both the pilot and passenger exited with no injury. The helicopter suffered substantial damage when the main rotor struck the tail boom during touchdown. The tail boom remained only partially attached to the rest of the structure by the internal driveshaft assembly connected to the tail rotor gearbox. Maintenance was contracted to inspect the helicopter drivetrain and initially could not find or replicate any defect that would suggest a mechanical malfunction or explain the low main rotor RPM reported by the pilot.

June 18, 2021

Accident at GRAND FORKS BC (CZGF)

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria advised that an ultra light aircraft had crashed in a field while on departure out of Grand Forks, BC (CZGF). No operational impact.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21P0043: C-IITD, a Rans S-6 Coyote II advanced Ultralight (ULA) aircraft, was on initial climb from the Grand Forks, BC (CZGF) airport. At about 500 feet AGL, the engine lost power (BRP ROTAX 503) and the pilot turned back towards the airport. During the descent, an airstart was attempted, but was unsuccessful. The renter pilot did not declare an emergency. The ULA descended and crashed into an orchard about 100NM Northwest of the runway, just short of the airport periphery fence. The pilot extricated themselves and waved down a witness, who called EMS. The pilot was attended to by EMS, who transported them to the hospital for observation. Prior to the flight, the pilot had taken a fuel sample from the sump and considered it clear. The aircraft run-up was fine and the engine was operating normally during taxi and take-off. Maintenance follow-up: Owners maintenance determined that the carburetor bowl contained a large quantity/ratio of water to fuel (MOGAS 91 Octane).

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

At Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK), a pilot reported a fuel leakage from a Canadian Flight Centre Cessna 152 (C-GMZW) that was parked on the apron. The fire department was called to clean up the spilled fuel. The tower manager and airport manager were notified. No impact to operations.

May 29, 2021

Incident at WILLIAMS LAKE BC (CYWL)

A Tasman Helicopters Ltd. Bell 212 (C-FVTS) from Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) to Manning, AB (CFX4) entered the Williams Lake, BC (CYWL) control zone (CZ) without making contact with the CYWL flight service station (FSS) and landed at the fuel pumps. The FSS was able to establish contact with the pilot on 126.7 MHz once the aircraft was visually confirmed at the pumps.

May 20, 2021

Incident at 30NM E Kelowna (CYLW)

A JimJet Resources Inc. Cessna 414A (C-FZAM) from Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) to Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW) declared an emergency due to mechanical trouble. C-FZAM shut down one engine and landed at Kelowna, BC (CYLW) without incident.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21P0037: C-FZAM, a privately operated Cessna 414A, was conducting a flight from Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) to Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW) with 1 pilot on board. While in cruise at 21 000 feet ASL, approximately 30NM East of Kelowna, BC (CYLW), the pilot observed a slight drop in fuel flow to the right engine, a Teledyne Continental Motors TSIO-520-NB (S/N: 504315). A short time later, the fuel flow dropped rapidly, followed by reduced engine power. The pilot completed the emergency checklist for a suspected engine driven fuel pump failure, which calls for the Auxiliary Pump set to high, and this restored fuel flow and engine power to normal. The pilot elected to divert to CYLW and conduct a precautionary landing. During the descent into CYLW, the aircraft experienced significant vibrations, with the right-hand engine power fluctuating. The pilot declared a "MAYDAY", shut down the right engine, and proceeded with a single engine approach and landing. The aircraft landed without further incident. There were no injuries. Subsequent maintenance actions revealed the right-hand engine driven fuel pump had experienced partially seized internals but the shaft was still intact, which allowed the pump to cavitate and/or continue pumping fuel, creating power fluctuations. The fuel pump was replaced and the aircraft was returned to service.

Incident at LANGLEY REGIONAL BC (CYNJ)

A Langley Flying School Inc. Cessna 172M (C-GEKU), on a flight from Langley, BC (CYNJ), reported smelling fuel in the cockpit on departure and requested to return to the airport. The aircraft landed safely. No operational impact.

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