May 2, 2022

Incident at In the vicinity of: LA GRANDE RIVIÈRE QC (CYGL)

On final to Kuujjuarapik, QC (CYGW), an Air Tunilik Inc. de Havilland DHC-3 (C-FSVP) notified the flight service station (FSS) that it needed to do a check. A few minutes later, the pilot indicated that there were problems with the skis, which were lowered. C-FSVP decided to divert to La Grande Rivière, QC (CYGL). It landed on Desaulniers Lake at 2136Z without incident.

March 18, 2022

Incident at MONTRÉAL / PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU INTL QC (CYUL) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

An American, corporately registered Cirrus SR22T (N561DJ) from Saranac Lake/Adirondack, NY (KSLK) to Montreal/Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau, QC (CYUL) reported brake and hydraulic issues. Only an Air Canada Airbus A330 returning from a run-up needed to be towed, because access to Taxiway AC proved impossible. No further impact on operations.

February 9, 2022

Incident at MONTRÉAL INTL (MIRABEL) QC (CYMX)

The Montreal/Mirabel, QC (CYMX) tower heard an intermittent emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal. The signal was also heard by a Royal Leasing Company (2007) Ltd. Eurocopter EC120B (C-GRML). The Eurocopter heard it intermittently when it was 9NM northwest of Achigan Lake. At 2047Z, when it was approximately 2NM north of CYMX at an altitude of 4,000 ft, C-GRML heard an intermittent signal. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton was notified. No operational impact.

Incident at QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB)

A Chrono Aviation Inc. Pilatus PC-12 (NDL543) from Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) to Quebec/Jean-Lesage, QC (CYQB) was instructed to conduct a pull-up for Runway 24 because a Dorval Aviation Inc. Cirrus SR20 (C-GVEO) was still on the runway and did not have time to exit before NDL543 crossed the threshold.

May 10, 2022

Incident at WILLIAMS LAKE BC (CYWL) (FOD (foreign object debris))

The pilot of Central Mountain Air Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-102 (C-GYSJ/GLR8216) from Williams Lake, BC (CYWL) to Prince George, BC (CYXS) reported a bird strike on departure. The staff vehicle retrieved the bird. No impact to operations.

February 5, 2022

Incident at Barret Lake, BC (Other operational incident)

Aviation Incident Report #17527: A group of skiers were waiting for a Blackcomb Helicopters Aerospatiale AS350 B3 (C-GZBA) to pick them up when they were approached by snowmobilers that were disputing their ability to use the area. The snowmobilers did not behave appropriately around C-GZBA, which was trying to land. Operational impact: C-GZBA had to land over 150 feet away.

May 3, 2022

Incident at 65NM WILLIAMS LAKE BC (CYWL)

A WestJet Encore Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-GJWE/WEN3287) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Prince George, BC (CYXS) was descending out of FL200 and encountered a laser strike originating from the south end of Quesnel. Police advised.

April 19, 2022

Incident at TOFINO / LONG BEACH BC (CYAZ)

A VFR target later identified as a Government of Canada, Department of National Defence McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet (ODIN21) from Cold Lake, AB (CYOD) to Comox, BC (CYQQ) passed through the control zone south of Tofino/Long Beach, BC (CYAZ) at 005 and 360 Knots. Aircraft did not call on the mandatory frequency (MF) and did not respond to the flight service station (FSS) attempts to contact.

April 18, 2022

Incident at SMITHERS BC (CYYD)

A Central Mountain Air Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-102 (C-GYSJ/GLR8016) from Smithers, BC (CYYD) to Dease Lake, BC (CYDL) declared an emergency and requested to return to CYYD. GLR8016 reported smoke in the cabin and requested emergency crews on site. Landed safely at 1753Z, without incident.

April 7, 2022

Accident at 4919N / 12227W

The Vancouver (VR) Area Control Centre (ACC) Shift Manager received a call from Maple Ridge Emergency Services regarding an aircraft accident in Alouette Lake, BC. No emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was heard and radar playback did not have adequate coverage to capture the event. Emergency services arrived on site and supported with a helicopter (AIR5). The aircraft was later identified as a privately registered, amateur-built Vans RV-4 from Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) to Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK), and the 2 souls on board were retrieved alive. No operational impact. Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria, National Operations Centre (NOC), Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), and Transport Canada (TC) advised.

Incident at FORT NELSON BC (CYYE)

An American, corporately registered Cub Crafters CC11-160 (N189PD) from Fort Nelson, BC (CYYE) to Watson Lake, YT (CYQH) was observed in a high speed taxi on Apron 1 towards Runway 22. The tail dragger was moving fast enough to lift the tail. The flight service station (FSS) made multiple attempts to contact the aircraft. The aircraft entered Taxiway Alpha and stopped at the runway hold short line before responding to the FSS. The aircraft departed without incident.

March 24, 2022

Incident at Kelowna

A Penticton Flying Club-COPA Flight 50 Cessna 172L (C-GBFB) from Penticton, BC (CYYF) to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) was inbound from the southwest (SW) and was told to fly northbound over the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake. The tower cleared the aircraft for the left downwind for Runway 34, however, C-GBFB read back "right downwind". Tower said "negative", cleared the aircraft for the left downwind, and the readback was correct. C-GBFB crossed the midfield and joined the right downwind.

Incident at WILLIAMS LAKE BC (CYWL)

A privately registered Piper PA-28-151 on a flight to Williams Lake, BC (CYWL) exited Runway 12/30 onto Taxiway B, which does not have winter maintenance. A vehicle (ST21) assisted the aircraft to get back onto Runway 12/30. The aircraft continued on their flight plan after a delay of approximately 15 minutes. No other impact to operations.

March 9, 2022

Accident at 5910N / 12745W

An American, privately registered Cessna 180C from Golden, BC (CYGE) to Watson Lake, YT (CYQH) reported "MAYDAY" on 121.5 MHz. The call was heard by a passing high flyer, who passed the information to the Edmonton Centre. The Cessna 180C reported fuel exhaustion over Birches Lake (approximately 70NM southeast of CYQH) while en route to CYQH, and made a successful emergency landing on Birches Lake. There were 2 persons on board who had camping supplies, but were in need of assistance. No injuries. No damage. This information was passed to the Edmontn Centre and, subsequently, to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria. The JRCC advised it will coordinate assistance. (Duplicate AOR-283453-V1 deleted after information merge)

January 27, 2022

Incident at PRINCE GEORGE BC (CYXS) (ATM - operations, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

Delayed entry as a result of NAV CANADA safety and evaluation quality assurance (QA) review: The Prince George, BC (CYXS) tower issued a clearance to a Northern Thunderbird Air Inc. aircraft (NTA201) on a MEDEVAC flight to Prince George, BC (CYXS) 19 minutes prior to the tower closing. The tower closed 8 minutes later and the Williams Lake, BC (YWL) Flight Service Station (FSS) assumed the remote aerodrome advisory service (RAAS). At 0650Z, the Area Control Centre (ACC) issued an approach clearance to a WestJet Encore aircraft (WEN), unaware that NTA201 had an outstanding departure clearance. After the tower closed, there was no guarantee that NTA201 would not depart on their own.

February 25, 2022

Incident at ABBOTSFORD BC (CYXX) (FOD (foreign object debris))

The pilot of a privately registered Lake LA-4 from Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) to Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) reported losing their fuel cap on the runway. The aircraft taxied back to the apron. No operational impact.

March 1, 2022

Incident at QUESNEL BC (CYQZ)

An Arduini Helicopters Ltd. Bell 206B (C-GIWB) from Williams Lake, BC (CYWL) to Williams Lake, BC (CYWL) entered the Quesnel, BC (CYQZ) control zone (CZ) prior to making contact. The aircraft first made contact and reported they were 3.7NM from the airport.

February 28, 2022

Incident at FORT NELSON BC (CYYE) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A specialist observed the door panel fall off a Government Of Canada, Department Of National Defence Boeing CH147 (VALKY42) from CFB Cold Lake, AB (CYOD) to Fort Nelson, BC (CYYE) just before touch down. After landing and exiting the runway, the aircraft sent crew members to retrieve it. No further impact to operations.

January 20, 2022

Incident at Tuc-el-nuit Lake, Oliver, BC

Aviation Incident Report #17495: An individual reported observing an aircraft flying south at an altitude of approximately 20 feet above the frozen Tuc-el-nuit Lake in Oliver, BC. The lake is surrounded by residences, and the aircraft was approximately 300 to 400 feet from one of them.

May 12, 2022

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

A North Star Air Ltd. Pilatus PC-12/45 (C-GVKC/BF708) from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Sachigo Lake, ON (CZPB) requested to return to CYQT shortly after departure.

May 9, 2022

Incident at 22NM RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

A Fast Air Ltd. Beech B200 (C-GFAD/PBR635) from Wunnumin Lake, ON (CKL3) to Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson, MB (CYWG) was observed on radar climbing without a clearance. When queried, the pilot responded that they were experiencing moderate turbulence and moderate icing and had to climb. The pilot also reported a communication issue at the same time due to some frequency confusion created by a power failure in the area.

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Aerodrome - power failure, ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

A power outage caused a full equipment outage of all communications in Kenora (YQK), Red Lake (YRL) and Norway House (YNE) for approximately 45 minutes. The area control centre (ACC) sectors, the Technology Operations Coordinator (TOC), airport managers (APMs), and the Centre Shift Manager (CSM) were advised. All aircraft on frequencies were accounted for once power was restored. No further impact to operations.

April 27, 2022

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT) (Bird presence)

A North Star Air Ltd. Pilatus PC-12/47 (C-FVEK/BF710) from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Deer Lake, ON (CYVZ) rejected its takeoff due to birds.

April 26, 2022

Incident at DEER LAKE ON (CYVZ)

A Northwest Company Cessna 441 (C-FNWC) from Deer Lake, ON (CYVZ) to Wunnumin Lake, ON (CKL3) air-filed (AFIL) an IFR flight plan (FP) and an incorrect departure aerodrome was entered.

April 20, 2022

Incident at KITCHENER / WATERLOO ON (CYKF)

A Lake Central Airways Cessna 441 (C-GDTM) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to Kitchener/Waterloo, ON (CYKF) did not follow published visual approach procedures as stipulated in the Canada Air Pilot (CAP) document. The procedure to not descend below 3000 feet was not followed and the aircraft was observed to descend below 3000 feet approximately 5 miles east of the airport.

April 26, 2022

Incident at 5021N / 09216W

A North Star Air Ltd. Pilatus PC-12/45 (C-GKAY/BF707) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) had been cleared to descend to 060 but was observed descending through their cleared altitude. BF707 climbed back to 060 once queried by the area control centre (ACC) controller. No impact on operations.

April 12, 2022

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

A Wasaya Airways de Havilland DHC-8-102 (C-GANF/WSG814) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Keewaywin, ON (CPV8) entered the runway with traffic, a Private Air Inc. Pilatus PC-12/47 (C-FCLB) from Rouyn-Noranda, QC (CYUY) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL), on final.

Incident at 60NM RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

A Skycare Air Ambulance Swearingen SA226-TC (C-GKPX) from Sandy Lake, ON (CZSJ) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) was observed via surveillance in close proximity to controlled airspace at 17,000 feet. The aircraft traversed approximately 50NM of that airspace before calling the Area Control Centre (ACC) for clearance. Clearance was provided, and the pilot was instructed to call the Shift Manager upon arrival in CYXL. No impact to operations.

April 14, 2022

Incident at PICKLE LAKE ON (CYPL) (Aerodrome - other, Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A snow plow vehicle (TK58) became stuck on the edge of the runway at 1557Z. An Air Bravo Corp. Pilatus PC-12/47 (C-FWAL/AB776) from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) was inbound and estimating arrival in 6 minutes. The vehicle exited the runway at 1619Z and the aircraft was delayed by 24 minutes. No other operational impact.

April 20, 2022

Incident at LONDON FIC / FIC DE LONDON (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Flight plan – activation)

A privately registered Piper PA-28-140 from Parry Sound, ON (CNK4) to Lindsay/Kawartha Lakes, ON (CNF4) filed a flight plan via Foreflight, which was subsequently cancelled and re-filed via Foreflight. The specialist inadvertently cancelled the new flight plan. The pilot called to close the flight plan and no active flight plan was found.

April 15, 2022

Incident at 60NM THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

An Air Bravo Corp. Pilatus PC-12/45 (C-FXAB/AB239) from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Round Lake/Weagamow Lake, ON (CZRJ) experienced a transponder failure and advised returning to CYQT. The aircraft landed without further incident at 1750Z. No impact to operations.

April 6, 2022

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

A North Star Air Ltd. Pilatus PC-12/47 (C-GXTB/BF704) departed from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) on an IFR flight plan to Cat Lake, ON (CYAC). Immediately after departure, they advised returning to Sioux Lookout due to an equipment issue. No assistance required. Landed without incident at 0001Z. No operational impact.

April 3, 2022

Incident at In the vicinity of: PICKLE LAKE ON (CYPL) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

At 1448Z, a Wasaya Airways Hawker Siddeley HS 748 Series 2A (C-GLTC/WSG801) from Kasabonika, ON (CYAQ) to Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) started squawking an emergency code and it was seen on the NAV CANADA Auxiliary Radar Display System (NARDS). WSG801 declared an emergency with the flight service station (FSS), on the Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) frequency 122.2 MHz, at around 1515Z, as they were operating on only one of two engines. The aircraft landed safely at 1540Z and needed a tow off the runway. WSG801 was off the runway at 1552Z. The landing of a Sigfusson Northern Ltd. Cessna 208B (C-GOSN) was delayed by 10 minutes. No other impact to operations.

March 30, 2022

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

A Wasaya Airways Beech 1900D (C-FWAU/WSG317) from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) received an air traffic control (ATC) clearance with a restriction to "Do not depart until an Air Bravo Pilatus PC-12/45 (C-FKPI/AB250) from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Sandy Lake, ON (CZSJ) reports leaving 5000 feet". WSG317 was observed airborne prior to their clearance being valid.

January 13, 2022

Incident at 3.50NM NW KINGFISHER LAKE ON (CNM5)

TSB Report #A22C0006: C-FDOD, a Bell Helicopter Textron 412 operated by Wisk Air Helicopters, was returning from a work site on a power line to the work camp at Kingfisher Lake, ON, with the pilot and 6 passengers on board. While enroute, the No. 1 "FUEL LOW" (quantity) caution annunciator illuminated. The pilot commenced a precautionary landing and planned for a possible single engine landing. During the descent, at approximately 200 feet above ground level, the No. 1 engine (Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6T-3B) lost power, accompanied by illumination of the associated caution/warning annunciators. While on short final, the No. 2 engine began to fluctuate and then lost power. A successful auto-rotative landing was conducted onto the frozen, snow covered surface of Kingfisher Lake with both engines inoperative. There were no injuries and the helicopter was undamaged. The helicopter was refueled the next day and flown to the Kingfisher Lake camp. After further inspection, the helicopter was ferried to the operators maintenance base under a flight permit. The operators maintenance personnel subsequently discovered several discrepancies. Loose B nuts in the No.1 fuel tank prevented the ejector pump from transferring fuel aft, over the baffle, to the boost pump side of the fuel tank. The examination also determined that the No. 2 engine was starved for fuel due to leaking flapper valve plates that, in a normal flight attitude, allowed fuel to move forward, through the baffle, at a rate that exceeded the recapture capacity of the ejector pump. The effect of these discrepancies was to trap unusable fuel forward of the baffle in each fuel tank. Further discrepancies were noted such as a damaged No. 2 low level float switch and inaccurate fuel quantity indication systems. The operator is conducting checks on the remaining aircraft in the fleet.

March 27, 2022

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A Superior Airways Piper PA-31-350 (C-FVWY/SR631) from Pikangikum, ON (CYPM) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) reported a possible bird strike at the threshold of Runway 26. Dead bird confirmed by next departure and staff vehicle.

March 15, 2022

Incident at PICKLE LAKE ON (CYPL) (Aerodrome - other)

A grader (GR175) at Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) advised the Flight Service Station (FSS) that they were stalled and unable to exit at 1542Z. A Wasaya Airways Aerospatiale ATR 42-320 (C-FCIJ/WSG841) from Kasabonika, ON (CYAQ) to Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL), on the area navigation (RNAV) 27 approach, was advised and responded that they would plan to conduct a missed approach. WSG841 reported in the missed approach at 1546Z. GR175 reported that their vehicle was operational, and that they were holding short at 1547Z. WSG841 re-commenced the RNAV 27 approach and landed without incident at 1559Z.

March 14, 2022

Incident at PICKLE LAKE ON (CYPL) (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

A Wasaya Airways de Havilland DHC-8-102 (C-GANF/WSG841) from Fort Severn, ON (CYER) to Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) was arrived instead of a Wasaya Airways Aerospatiale ATR 42-320 (C-FCIJ/WSG814) from Big Trout Lake, ON (CYTL) to Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) at 2129Z.

March 9, 2022

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (ATM - operations)

Air traffic services (ATS) unit not operating as per published hours; service extended from 1157Z to 1200Z for Red Lake, ON (CYRL).

March 15, 2022

Incident at 25NM SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

A Wasaya Airways Beech 1900D (WSG761) from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) reported an indication and advised returning to CYXL. The aircraft landed at 1653Z. No emergency declared nor impact to operations.

March 9, 2022

Incident at KITCHENER / WATERLOO ON (CYKF)

A privately registered Piper PA-28-161 on a flight to Lindsay/Kawartha Lakes, ON (CNF4) transited the Kitchener/Waterloo, ON (CYKF) zone without a clearance.

March 8, 2022

Incident at 45NM THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

A Thunder Airlines Limited Beech 100 (C-GKAJ/THU107) from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Sandy Lake, ON (CZSJ) was assigned 16,000 feet and was observed climbing at 16,500 feet. The pilot was queried and responded that they were level at 16,000 feet. The aircraft was subsequently observed descending to 16,000 feet and levelling after that.

March 6, 2022

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

At Red Lake, ON (CYRL), frequency 122.3 MHz was intermittent in both the receiving and transmitting function. Technology Operations Coordinator (TOC) advised.

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Incursion - manoeuvring area, Incursion - runway - animal, Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVC/BLS319) from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) advised the Flight Service Station (FSS) that there was a fox near Taxiway A. The Airport Operator (APO) was advised. BLS319 was delayed by several minutes while airport staff attempted to remove the fox from the runway.

February 27, 2022

Incident at 5146N / 09237W

A Trans-Exec Air Service Inc. Gulfstream GV (N222LX) from Los Angeles/Van Nuys, CA (KVNY) to Reykjavik/Keflavik, Iceland (BIKF) was observed off course after passing Red Lake, ON (CYRL). Pilot advised that they were showing the correct routing but seemed to have an issue with their flight management system (FMS). N222LX corrected its course. No impact on operations.

February 28, 2022

Incident at PICKLE LAKE ON (CYPL)

A Wasaya Airways Cessna 208B (C-FWAW/WSG126) from Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) to Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) returned to CYPL due to an unspecified maintenance issue. No assistance required.

February 10, 2022

Incident at PICKLE LAKE ON (CYPL)

A Wasaya Airways Hawker Siddeley HS 748 Series 2A (C-GLTC/WSG801) from Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) to Fort Severn First Nation, ON (CYER) aborted their takeoff on Runway 09 due to an indication. They departed 7 minutes later, with no issues. A Keewatin Air Beech B200 (C-FXMY/KEW209-M) from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson, MB (CYWG) to Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) was on the area navigation (RNAV) approach for Runway 09 during the initial takeoff. No other operational impact.

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

Shortly after take-off, a Wasaya Airways Beech 1900D (WSG1475) from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Angling Lake/Wapekeka, ON (CKB6) reported an issue with the aircrafts rudder boost system and elected to return to the field. The aircraft landed without incident or impact to operations at 1708Z. No assistance was required and the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit did not respond.

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

A North Star Air Ltd. Douglas DC3C (C-FWUI/BF104) from Big Trout Lake, ON (CYTL) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) landed below published minimums.

February 2, 2022

Incident at PICKLE LAKE ON (CYPL)

The VFR flight plan of a Wasaya Airways Hawker Siddeley HS-748 Series 2A (C-GLTC/WSG801) from Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) to Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) was closed in error, resulting in a loss of alerting.

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