June 23, 2021

Accident at 3NM NW MONTRÉAL / PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU INTL QC (CYUL)

A privately registered Cessna A185F requested clearance from the tower for a take-off from the river of the Prairies. The aircraft crashed into the river. There was significant damage to the aircraft. No injuries or deaths.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21Q0051: A privately registered Cessna 185 on floats that was tied to a private dock on Rivière des Prairies, approximately 4 NM north-west of Montréal/Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau, QC (CYUL), was getting ready to perform a local visual flight rules flight. While the aircraft taxied on water, the pilot followed the checklist in preparation for takeoff. The checklist did not indicate to check for removal of the control surface locking device and the aircraft was not equipped with an approved device. However, an unapproved device had been installed the previous day and had not been removed during preparation for takeoff. The aircraft began its takeoff on the water when the pilot noticed that the flight controls were blocked. The aircraft was able to rise above water but was not able to rise any further. The aircraft descended back down and nosed over forward just as the floats touched the water’s surface, and then flipped over. The pilot was held in the seat by a 4-point seatbelt and was wearing a PFD. The pilot was able to quickly evacuate the aircraft and was not injured. A boat came to rescue the pilot, who was brought to shore.

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 5, 2021

Incident at NANAIMO AIRPORT (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

Vehicle frequency 122.6 MHz failed. The hand-held radio (NICAN) was used instead. No impact to operations.

October 25, 2021

Incident at NANAIMO AIRPORT (Security acts, Incursion - manoeuvring area)

An unauthorized pedestrian was seen on Taxiway A, the main apron and the infield. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unit responded. A Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-GJZR/JZA2262) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Nanaimo, BC (CYCD), on the approach, was held for 5 to 10 minutes.

October 16, 2021

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

As requested by the pilot upon initial contact with the Vancouver (VR) tower, an American, corporately registered Cessna 510 (N62WM) on a flight from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) was cleared to the Bellingham, WA (KBLI) airport. However, the flight plan was not amended and showed a route and destination for Seattle/Boeing Field, WA (KBFI). The discrepancy between the pilots clearance and the flight plan held in the Canadian Automated Air Traffic System (CAATS) was not detected until after the aircraft was airborne. No operational impact.

October 13, 2021

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

The Flight Service Station (FSS) observed an aircraft on Taxiway Alpha taking position on Runway 12 at Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ). The aircraft did not initiate contact with the FSS on 118.5 MHz and did not respond to calls from the FSS. The unknown aircraft departed from Runway 12 and turned northwest (NW) bound. The specialist used the hand-held radio (NICAN) to broadcast on 126.7 MHz, and confirmed that the aircraft was an American, privately registered and amateur-built Sportsman GS-2 from Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) to Watson Lake, YT (CYQH). The pilot was advised to contact the Edmonton (YEG) Flight Information Centre (FIC) when able.

October 7, 2021

Incident at NANAIMO AIRPORT

A privately registered, amateur-built aircraft from Nanaimo, BC (CYCD) to Nanaimo, BC (CYCD) landed at 1819Z, at the same time that a WestJet Encore Ltd. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (C-GTWE/WEN3228) from Nanaimo, BC (CYCD) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) was conducting a pushback and start-up on the main apron. The privately registered, amateur-built aircraft advised that it would pass WEN3228 on the right side. The Flight Service Station (FSS) advised WEN3228 of the privately registered, amateur-built aircrafts intentions. The privately registered, amateur-built aircraft directly questioned WEN3228, asking if it was ready to taxi. WEN3228 replied "Standby". The privately registered, amateur-built aircraft stopped taxiing and held position, in close proximity to WEN3228, and appeared to be behind the right wing and abeam to the tail, adjacent to construction barriers.

September 25, 2021

Incident at Kelowna

A Jazz Bombardier CL-600-2D24 (C-FIJZ/JZA8515) from Kelowna, BC (CYLW) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) was instructed to taxi out via Delta and hold short Alpha, then contact The Tower. JZA8515 taxied into Alpha and held short Runway 16. No operational impact.

August 6, 2021

Incident at TOFINO / LONG BEACH BC (CYAZ) (Incursion - runway - animal)

At Tofino/Long Beach, BC (CYAZ), a deer was reported in the runway protected area (RPA) of Runway 16/34 by a Pacific Coastal Airlines Limited Beech 1900D (C-GSWV/PCO1610) from Tofino/Long Beach, BC (CYAZ) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) that was taxiing for departure from Runway 16. The aircraft held in position on Runway 16 while airport maintenance scared the deer off.

July 8, 2021

Incident at LANGLEY REGIONAL BC (CYNJ)

A Langley Flying School Inc. Piper PA-28-140 (C-GUKG) from Langley, BC (CYNJ) to Langley, BC (CYNJ) was inbound for a full stop, and had difficulty landing. Multiple landing attempts were made before the aircraft landed safely at 0023Z. The aircraft held outside the zone and on the ground. Moderate impact to operations.

July 15, 2021

Incident at GANGES BC (Water) (CAX6)

A Seair Seaplanes Ltd. Cessna 208 (C-GIGO), while being pushed from the dock, started its engines. The deckhand lost control while holding the rope, resulting in contact with a Harbour Air Ltd. de Havilland DHC-3 (C-GUTW), which was docked adjacent. Significant damage to both aircraft.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21P0058: C-GIGO, a float equipped Cessna 208 aircraft operated by Seair Seaplanes Ltd., was preparing to conduct a flight from Ganges Harbour, BC (CAX6) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) with 1 crew member on board. Prior to the engine starting, the dockhand assisting the pilot untied the guide rope and held it in their hand. When the engine started, the aircraft travelled forward, pulling the rope from the dockhand. The aircraft began travelling forward until the propeller of C-GIGO struck the rear of C-GUTW, a float equipped DHC-3T operated by Harbour Air. After the initial prop strike, the pilot of C-GIGO quickly shut down the engine, as the aircraft rotated 90 degrees, striking C-GUTW with the right-hand (RH) wing. C-GUTW was tied to the dock with no one on board during the occurrence. There were no injuries; both aircraft sustained substantial damage.

June 2, 2021

Incident at LANGLEY REGIONAL BC (CYNJ)

A Skyquest Aviation Cessna 152 (C-GTYB) from Langley, BC (CYNJ) to Langley, BC (CYNJ) called inbound near Fort Langley. C-GTYB was given a straight-in approach for Runway 19. The aircraft was observed 1NM to 1.5NM East of the approach and looked lost. The aircraft was given multiple ways to find the airport before landing safely 15 minutes later. Two aircraft, a privately registered, amateur-built Europa Classic from Langley, BC (CYNJ) to Langley, BC (CYNJ) and a privately registered Cessna 172K from Langley, BC (CYNJ) to Langley, BC (CYNJ) were held outside of the zone, and one additional departing aircraft was vectored out of the way.

May 20, 2021

Incident at KAMLOOPS BC (CYKA)

A KF Cargo Convair 580 (KFA578) from Kamloops, BC (CYKA) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) advised that it was receiving an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal about 5-7NM North of CYKA. The hand-held radio (NICAN) transmission (TX), tuned to 121.5 MHz, was receiving a strong ELT signal that appeared to be at the aerodrome. ELT signal transmission ended at approximately 0016Z. Shift manager advised.

May 9, 2021

Incident at Kelowna

A Carson Air Ltd. Beech 1900D (C-FBTR/CRN511) on a MEDEVAC flight from Kelowna, BC (CYLW) to Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) was instructed to taxi via Taxiway Delta and hold short of Taxiway Alpha. The aircraft taxied via Taxiway Delta and Alpha, then held short of Runway 16. No operational impact.

April 25, 2021

Incident at PRINCE GEORGE BC (CYXS)

A Carson Air Ltd. Beech 1900D (C-FBTR/CRN511) from Kelowna, BC (CYLW) to Prince George, BC (CYXS) experienced an issue with its landing gear while on approach to CYXS. The pilot decided to return to CYLW. The aircraft landed at CYLW at 1759Z without issue, with the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit on standby. The pilot did not declare an emergency.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. On approach into Prince George, BC (CYXS), the flight crew of CRN511 had no green "gear down" annunciation. Once the crew had established that the landing gear was down and locked, they chose to return to Kelowna, BC (CYLW), where maintenance could address the issue. Maintenance found that the landing gear green annunciators were unlatched and would only show green when pushed in and held. Once the annunciators were manually reset, they functioned normally. The flight crew had inadvertently unlatched the annunciators during flight, which caused the indication to be lost. The flight crew have been briefed on annunciator operation.

April 8, 2021

Incident at LANGLEY REGIONAL BC (CYNJ)

A privately registered Mooney M20K from Langley, BC (CYNJ) to Langley, BC (CYNJ) reported a faint emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal on the ground as it taxied in and shut down. The ELT signal could only be heard by the tower on the hand-held radio (NICAN) with the squelch on. The incident was reported to the shift manager.

February 17, 2021

Incident at 10NM PRINCETON BC (CYDC)

A CGPUC Holdings Ltd. Socata TBM 700 (C-GPUC) from Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) to Red Deer, AB (CYQF), at FL310 and near the Princeton (YDC) very high frequency omnidirectional range (VOR), declared an emergency due to a pressurization issue. C-GPUC conducted a descent to 15,000 feet and returned to origin location.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21P0012: C-GPUC, a Socata TBM 700 (Series A) turboprop aircraft destined for Red Deer, AB (CYQF), was at FL310 near the Princeton, BC (CYDC) VOR when the pilot declared an emergency due to a pressurization issue. The flight descended to 15,000 feet and returned to Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB).
UPDATE from Maintenance and Manufacturing: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The organizations Person Responsible for Maintenance (PRM) advised that the cause of the event was the failure of the COMM1 antenna to remain attached to the aircraft. In other words, a loss of pressurization occurred due to the Comm 1 antenna departing the aircraft. When the antenna departed the aircraft, it resulted in lost communications and a 3/4" hole in the bottom of the aircraft where the antenna cable was attached to the antenna, which is what led to the loss of pressurization. A subsequent inspection revealed that the antenna was held in place by 6 x 8/32 sealed screws, which are supposed to go into an 8/32 nut plate that is fastened to the doubler inside the fuselage. The inspection after the incident revealed that the aircraft (most likely) left the factory with #10 nut plates on the doubler, which meant that the screws were never truly fastened and the antenna was held on with PRC/sealant. The aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) was consulting with the manufacturer to find a solution. Service Difficulty Report (SDR) no. 20210223023 was submitted. No further action is required.

January 26, 2021

Incident at ABBOTSFORD BC (CYXX) (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

At Abbotsford, BC (CYXX), the ground (GND) frequency 121.8 MHz main and back up (b/u) transmit function and the automatic terminal information service (ATIS) frequency 119.8 MHz were unserviceable (U/S) due to construction at the airport terminal that involved telecommunication (Telco) lines. The Technology Operations Coordinator (TOC) was advised. The outage occurred from 1856Z to 1944Z. The tower used the hand-held radio (NICAN) frequency during the outage.

October 9, 2021

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ)

An American, corporately registered Cessna 650 (N891SH) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ0 to Charlotte, NC (KCLT) was issued the BETES 2 standard instrument departure (SID) from Runway 05 in CYYZ. After departure, contrary to the SID, N891SH was observed turning right, towards the departure path of Runway 06R. A China Southern Airlines Company Boeing 787-9 (B1243/CSN5052) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to Guangzhou Baiyun, China (ZGGG) was in the process of lining up on Runway 06R, and was held until N891SH cleared the area. When asked by the South Departure controller, the pilot of N891SH claimed to have mis-read the SID, and thought they were ok to turn right. No loss of separation. No impact to operations.

October 7, 2021

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ)

An Air Canada Boeing 787-9 (ACA410) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) was issued instructions to taxi via Taxiways H and B, cross Runway 23, then taxi via J for Runway 15L. The aircraft turned right onto Taxiway H, away from B, and was held short of the threshold of Runway 23 until vehicles were able to vacate the area. No other impact to operations.

August 12, 2021

Incident at MUSKOKA ON (CYQA) (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

While attempting to relay a clearance to a privately registered Beech F33A from Toronto/Billy Bishop, ON (CYTZ) to Muskoka, ON (CYQA), it was discovered that the Muskoka (YQA) 122.3 MHz frequency was not working. Several IFR aircraft were held up due to the outage.

August 3, 2021

Incident at LONDON ON (CYXU) (ATM - weather observation systems)

At London, ON (CYXU), the temperature, dew point and wind sensors failed, necessitating the use of the Vaisala hand-held unit. Technology Operations Coordinator (TOC) advised. This occurrence also took place the day before, but only included issues with the temperature and dew point. Apparently, the current issue stems from a different problem than the prior days issue. The portable Vaisala was reading up to 4 degrees higher than the air temperature from the other London sites: the local uncertified thermometer, and WSN (the local Environment Canada AUTO 8 station). Environment Canada Forecast called CYXU to advise that the surrounding sites were 3 to 4 degrees lower and they needed confirmation because the higher temperature supported a change in forecast and more potential for convective weather. Impact on operations: increase in workload, and risk of an incorrect forecast based on inaccurate backup.

May 6, 2021

Incident at TORONTO / OSHAWA EXECUTIVE AIRPORT ON (CYOO) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A privately registered Cessna 182F from Toronto/Oshawa, ON (CYOO) to Scugog/Charles Landing, ON (Water) (CHS4) departed from Runway 23, and immediately requested to return for a landing due to an oil leak. The aircraft attempted to land on Runway 12 unsuccessfully and overshot the runway. The aircraft landed safely on Runway 23. The aircraft exited the runway and shut down until the airport manager (APM) arrived. Multiple aircraft held outside the control zone until runway inspections were complete.

March 25, 2021

Incident at LONDON ON (CYXU)

A Diamond Flight Centre London Inc. Diamond DA 20-C1 (C-GDFO) from London, ON (CYXU) to London, ON (CYXU), inbound from the northwest (NW), was given a clearance. Shortly after, the pilot called on the tower land-line (while still outside of the control zone) and stated that they had lost communications. The pilot squawked 7600 and was once again cleared inbound. The pilot then re-established communications on their hand-held radio and landed without further incident.

February 9, 2021

Incident at LONDON ON (CYXU)

An Aelous Flight Academy Inc. Cessna 172M (C-GPAS) from London, ON (CYXU) to London, ON (CYXU) landed on Runway 33 at CYXU after completing a local VFR flight, and subsequently reported a flat tire. C-GPAS held in Taxiway Hotel until towed to Apron 03. No operational impact.

November 28, 2021

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition, Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

Fifteen minutes before the estimated time of arrival (ETA) of a WestJet Encore de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-GWEQ/WEN3131) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM), a staff vehicle conducted a runway inspection and reported 100% ice coverage. WEN3131 was held for 45 minutes while chemical was applied before landing at 1857Z. No impact to operations.

November 10, 2021

Incident at HIGH LEVEL AB (CYOJ)

A Can-West Corporate Air Charters Ltd. Beech B200GT (C-GLUP/CWA929) from Peace River, AB (CYPE) to High Level, AB (CYOJ) conducted a missed approach at 1823Z for Runway 31 due to a mechanical indication. The aircraft switched back to the area control centre (ACC), held at the published point, and landed on Runway 13 at 1850Z. No further impact on operations.

April 19, 2021

Incident at 44NM SW FOX CREEK AB (CED4); 54.05N 117.89W

Aviation Incident Report # 17050: At approximately 1540Z, a Synergy Aviation Robinson R44 II (C-GZRZ) from the Leland Remote Base (54.03N 117.75W) to a lease site (8-35-58-27W5) departed on a pilot operating run to the west. The pilot performed 9 confined area landings with full shutdowns near Leland. On the 10th start, at approximately 1910Z, a backfire occurred on start-up. While on final approach, doing approximately 30 knots and 150 feet above ground level (AGL) from the landing zone, the pilot began loading the disc. There was a noticeable reduction in engine and rotor speed was heard followed by the low rotor horn. The pilot lowered the collective and rolled the throttle on and the rotations-per-minute (RPM) recovered, the horn went out, and there was enough power to continue a controlled decent at a low power setting. The pilot increased the forward speed and prepared for a landing outside of the planned landing zone. They attempted to lightly load the disc again, and the RPM dropped and the horn briefly sounded and went out when the collective was lowered again. They continued for a run on, or flared landing. They held speed to 30 to 40 knots about 10 feet AGL flared and cushion, no hover and landed softly with some power applied. The engine and rotors were turning at 100%, and they did drop and there was no horn. The pilot lowered the collective, the engine and rotor stayed at 100%. They switched off the governor and rolled the throttle down to 65%. The engine appeared to be running normally. They performed mag checks at 75% and there was negligible drop, indicating to them the mag had possibly failed. The pilot also performed a sprag clutch check at 80% twice and was unable to get the needles to split. A normal shut down was performed without the cool down, and the blades took a normal time to spin down without the use of the brake and no unusual noise or vibration was felt. The pilot performed a check and was unable to find anything unusual to indicate the failure. The pilot contacted the company maintenance and they arranged a pick up by another helicopter. The pilot advised that the helicopter required maintenance.

September 30, 2021

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

An Alberta Central Airways Beech B200 (C-FSUG) from Edmonton Intl, AB (CYEG) to Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) conducted a missed approach at CYMM due to a landing gear indication. The aircraft held for 10 minutes and then conducted a second approach and landed without incident at 0844Z. No impact on operations.

September 13, 2021

Incident at RED DEER REGIONAL AB (CYQF)

A Montair Aviation Cessna 172R (C-GDMK) from Red Deer, AB (CYQF) to Red Deer, AB (CYQF) was conducting a solo circuit (student). The aircraft executed a missed approach and was unable to get established in the circuit. The controller provided instructions to get the aircraft back to the airport and land. The aircraft initiated another missed approach (did not descend to the runway). After 15 minutes the aircraft was able to successfully land on Runway 35. Operational impact: departing circuit traffic was held on the ground for 5 minutes.

September 9, 2021

Incident at 40NM BRANDON MUNI MB (CYBR)

The pilot of a Winnipeg Flying Club Cessna 182Q (C-GMKD) from Yorkton, SK (CYQV) to Brandon, MB (CYBR) advised they were inbound with an alternator failure, and may lose radio function but had a back-up hand-held radio. The aircraft landed safely at 0215Z. No operational impact.

August 8, 2021

Incident at NORMAN WELLS NT (CYVQ) (Bird presence, Incursion - runway - animal)

A Kenn Borek Air Ltd. Beech 1900D (C-GHUE) operating as a North-Wright Airways Ltd. flight (NWL142) from Déline, NT (CYWJ) to Norman Wells, NT (CYVQ) was advised that sandhill cranes had made their way onto the runway near the threshold of Runway 10. The aircraft chose to conduct a missed approach at 2247Z while on final due to the birds. The aircraft conducted a low pass to scare them off and a vehicle (ST24) also attempted to scare them away. NWL142 held to the west of the field while ST24 continued to scare the birds away. NWL142 landed without further incident at 2258Z.

July 27, 2021

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

The Winnipeg (YWG) flight information centre (FIC) advised it was hearing an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal on 121.5 MHz. The signal was weak on the National Voice Communication System (NVCS), but loud and clear through the hand-held radio (NICAN). The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton was advised.

July 4, 2021

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

A Pacific Coastal Airlines Saab 340A (PCO3023) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies, BC (CYXC) was departing from CYYC, ascending through 7000 feet, and was given an instruction to turn right and fly heading 070. PCO3023 read back the instruction correctly. When the controller observed PCO3023 turning through 070 degrees, they queried the pilot, who thought the instruction was to turn right and fly heading 270. A departing WestJet Boeing 737-700 (WJA185) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) was held at 6000 feet. No other impact to operations.

May 30, 2021

Incident at THOMPSON MB (CYTH)

A Vanguard Air Care Inc. Beech B200 (C-FFAR/VN03) from The Pas/Grace Lake, MB (CJR3) to Thompson, MB (CYTH) advised it had a landing gear indication on final for Runway 06. The aircraft held over ITLOP for approximately 4 minutes, then proceeded inbound and landed safely at 0408Z.

May 12, 2021

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

A privately registered Cessna 182M from Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW) to Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW) entered Class C airspace without talking to the terminal, then descended into the CYBW control zone without contacting the tower. Several departures were held until the aircrafts intentions were determined. Contact was finally established with the aircraft when it was over the field.

May 10, 2021

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW) (Communication error, Incursion - manoeuvring area)

At Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW), an orange tow vehicle, with a white low-wing aircraft, towed the aircraft from Taxiway E to D without communicating with ground control. A helicopter was held at the Mountain View ramp for approximately 5 minutes until the tow vehicles intentions were determined and the conflict was resolved.

May 2, 2021

Incident at 70NM W CHURCHILL MB (CYYQ)

A Calm Air Aerospatiale ATR 72-202 (CAV484) from Thompson, MB (CYTH) to Rankin Inlet, NU (CYRT) reported an engine outage, declared an emergency and advised it was diverting to Churchill, MB (CYYQ). Emergency services were arranged and the aircraft landed without further incident at 1532Z. The National Operations Centre (NOC) and the Aviation Operations Centre (AVOPS) were advised. No impact to operations.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21C0042: C-FCRZ, an ATR 72-202 operated by Calm Air, was conducting flight CAV484 from Thompson, MB (CYTH) to Rankin Inlet, NU (CYRT) with only 2 pilots on board. When abeam Churchill, MB (CYYQ) at FL210, the crew observed a burning odour, followed by smoke in the cockpit. They also noted a high Inter Turbine Temperature (ITT) and erratic oil pressure indications on the #1 engine (Pratt & Whitney Canada PW124B). The crew carried out the engine shutdown checklist and declared an emergency with ATC. The aircraft diverted to CYYQ, where an uneventful landing was carried out with emergency vehicles standing by. The operator sent maintenance personnel to CYYQ to examine the aircraft.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The operator reported that on May 2, 2021, at 1545Z, C-FCRZ MSN 357 (Cargo Configuration) experienced a #1 engine event at FL210, approximately 70NM from CYYQ, while en route from CYTH to CYRT. Both the Captain and First Officer (FO) initially smelled smoke and then saw visible smoke in the cockpit. There was a master warning, followed by an electric smoke warning. During the smoke checklist, the Captain noticed the Inter-Turbine Temperature (ITT) was high on the #1 engine, at or near the "S" line (950F). Engine shutdown procedures were commenced and completed, followed by a declared emergency with air traffic control (ATC). The aircraft diverted to CYYQ and landed without further incident. Upon initial investigation, a number of items were discovered. The amount of oil in the sump was at the "1" line, the optimum level as per Calm Air oil servicing procedures. The oil filler cap was inspected after the flight and was found to be installed. Both pressure and scavenge filter bypass indicators were tripped. Debris was found on both the Turbomachine and reduction gear box (RGB) chip detectors. The PT rotor sustained heavy damage. Oil samples and metallic samples were collected and will be held until a further decision is made for analysis. Oil consumption was within limits for the previous 42.9 hours at 0.175 quarts/hour. The engine was sent for a full teardown and investigation. In addition, a significant event response process was launched from Calm Air Reliability Program. This investigation will be performed with the requested partnership of Pratt & Whitney, Standard Aero, and ATR.

April 9, 2021

Incident at THOMPSON MB (CYTH) (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

At Thompson, MB (CYTH), a power upgrade resulted in the following systems becoming unserviceable (U/S): Frequencies (FRQ) 122.5 MHz, 122.6 MHz, 121.5 MHz, and the automatic terminal information service (ATIS) frequency 127.65 MHz. Services were restored at 2048Z. The airport advisory service (AAS) was provided via hand-held radios (NICAN). DLA entry.

February 12, 2021

Incident at PRINCE ALBERT (GLASS FIELD) SK (CYPA) (Aerodrome - power failure, ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information, ATM - NAVAIDS/radar)

At Prince Albert (Glass Field), SK (CYPA), a power bump occurred at 0126Z. The field electrical centre (FEC) started up, but the flight service station (FSS) was unable to transmit. The backup hand-held radio (NICAN) was unserviceable (u/s) and the very high frequency directional finder (VDF) did not function. The Technology Operations Coordinator (TOC), the Centre Shift Manager (CSM), and maintenance (MTN) were advised. The NICAN from the backup site was used. Power was fully restored at 0306Z and maintenance was advised at 0503Z that the FEC would not supply power in the loss of power from Saskatchewan Power. The CSM and TOC were advised.

January 14, 2021

Incident at PRINCE ALBERT (GLASS FIELD) SK (CYPA) (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

The pilot of a Heli-Lift International Inc. Aerospatiale AS 350 B-2 (C-GIYN) from Prince Albert (Glass Field), SK (CYPA) to Saskatoon/John G. Diefenbaker, SK (CYXE) phoned to advise they had been trying to contact the flight service station (FSS) on 122.3 MHz. No radio call was received at the FSS, and it was discovered that 122.3 MHz was unserviceable (U/S). The hand-held radio (NICAN) was used as back up. Impact on operations unknown.

January 10, 2021

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

At Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on the National Voice Communication System (NVCS) frequency 121.5 MHz and on the hand-held radio (NICAN). However, aircraft on the ground and in the air said that they were not receiving any ELT signal. The ELT signal stopped at 2111Z.

August 22, 2021

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT) (Bird presence, Incursion - runway - animal, Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A Provincial Airlines de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-FPQI/PVL924) from Deer Lake, NL (CYDF) to St. Johns, NL (CYYT) landed on Runway 34 and reported bird activity near the threshold of Runway 34. An aircraft on approach, a WestJet Encore Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-GDEN/WEN3422) from Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) to St. Johns, NL (CYYT), held for 5 minutes while the birds were being dispersed

August 21, 2021

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT) (Aerodrome - other, Aerodrome - visual aids, Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

At St. Johns, NL (CYYT), a lightning strike on the airfield caused multiple lighting failures. Multiple aircraft were diverted and multiple aircraft were held while awaiting repairs.

February 23, 2021

Incident at FREDERICTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

The Fredericton, NB (CYFC) tower lost the ability to transmit and receive on the main frequency and the backup frequency for 119.0 MHz. The tower switched to the hand-held radio (NICAN). The Technology Operations Coordinator (TOC) was advised. No impact on operations.

September 4, 2020

Incident at 100NM N KUUJJUAQ QC (CYVP) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

An Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-314 (C-FOAI/AIE822) from Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) to Kangirsuk, QC (CYAS) declared an emergency via satellite telephone due to the failure of one engine. The aircraft advised returning to CYVP. The aircraft landed on Runway 07 without issue at 2004Z. Runway 07/25 was closed for approximately 5 minutes to tow the aircraft and for a runway inspection. No other impact. National Operations Centre (NOC) and Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Halifax (HZ) advised.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A20Q0086: C-FOAI, a Dash-8-300 (DH8C), operated by Air Inuit under callsign AIE822, was on an instrument flight rules flight from Kangirsuk, QC (CYAS) to Quaqtaq, QC (CYHA) with 24 passengers and 3 crew members. During the initial climb after take-off, variations occurred in the left engine torque (Pratt and Whitney, Canada, PW123B) and propeller speed. The engine was not responding to normal controls and the crew decided to shut it down. The crew subsequently declared a state of emergency and conducted a diversion in Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP). The aircraft landed safely, there were no injuries or damage.
UPDATE: Aviation Incident Report #16788: The Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) emergency response plan was activated by the Kangirsuk, QC (CYAS) community aerodrome radio station (CARS) when the crew of an Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-314 (C-FOAI/AIE822) from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) to Salluit, QC (CYZG), with en route stops at Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) and Kangirsuk, QC (CYAS), declared a PAN PAN PAN notification to the Observer/Communicator (OC) after departing CYAS. The aircraft was operating on one engine and returning to CYVP. Response was answered by Kativik Regional Government (KRG) Transport, NAV CANADA Flight Service Station, the fire department, health centre and ambulances, Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF), and Air Inuit Kuujjuaq. The aircraft landed safely and was towed to the apron. There were no injuries. A debriefing session was held on September 9, 2020.
UPDATE: Aviation Incident Report #16789: The Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) Emergency Response Plan was activated by NAV CANADA and the CYVP flight service station (FSS) when the crew of an Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-314 (C-FOAI/AIE822) advised that it was returning to CYVP. The aircraft was operating on one engine. The response was answered by the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) Transport, NAV CANADA, the FSS, the fire department, Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF), ambulances and Air Inuit at CYVP. The aircraft landed safely and taxied to the apron on its own power. There were no injuries. A debriefing session was held on September 9, 2020.

October 23, 2020

Incident at TERRACE BC (CYXT) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

The pilot of a Central Mountain Air Beech 1900D (C-GFSV/GLR8372) from Kelowna, BC (CYLW) to Terrace, BC (CYXT) reported severe vibrations upon landing on Runway 33, and noted they were unsure if there was something on the runway when the aircraft had landed or if it was an issue with the aircraft. Departures were held for a runway inspection. A vehicle (ST60) conducted a runway inspection and found nothing.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. Maintenance report found a nose wheel out of balance on the aircraft (C-GFSV). The wheel assy was replaced and no further issues were reported.

September 18, 2020

Incident at CRANBROOK / CANADIAN ROCKIES INTL BC (CYXC) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Flight plan – activation)

The revised flight plan for a Pacific Coastal Airlines Ltd. Saab 340B (PCO610) from Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies, BC (CYXC) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR), submitted by dispatch through a third party provider, was not received by NAV CANADA. This resulted in the pilot executing a flight plan that was not held by the Vancouver (VR) area control centre (ACC).

July 30, 2020

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

Pilot of a Chinook Aircraft Maintenance Robinson R44 II (C-GNVF) from Olympia, WA (KOLM) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) called to obtain the outbound VFR code for a flight from CYVR to Abbotsford, BC (CYXX). The pilot was informed that an active flight plan (FP) from KOLM to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) was still being held. The pilot indicated that they had filed the FP with the destination of CYVR on the radio in the United States (US). FP of KOLM to CYYJ closed at corrected destination of CYVR.

June 29, 2020

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ) (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

The National Voice Communication System (NVCS) alarm was active for 2 minutes. No aircraft or vehicles were active. Frequency 118.5 was monitored on the hand-held radio (NICAN) as a precaution. NVCS indicated as serviceable at 0158Z. The Technical Operations Coordinator (TOC) was advised.

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