May 22, 2020


A Nautilus Air Cessna 421B (C-GGHO) had a bird strike on departure from Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB). The aircraft aborted take-off safely and cancelled its flight.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. Left engine top cowl was removed, checked for damage on engine and propeller. None found. Top engine cowl dent repaired and aircraft returned to service.

February 8, 2020

Incident at STEWART BC (CZST)

TSB Report #A20P0025: C-GLAH, an Aerospatiale AS 350 B-2 operated by Access Helicopters, was flying down a mountain near Stewart, BC to pick up skiers when the right-hand side cargo door departed the aircraft, damaging the tail boom and the tail rotor blades. The pilot was able to land normally. The cargo door was equipped with hinges at the top and with a single latch in the bottom center (additional, after-market latches are available for this door). None of the cargo inside the compartment fell out. Airspeed at the time the cargo door departed was about 125 knots. It was not determined why the cargo door opened.

January 7, 2020


At 0455Z, a Pacific Coastal Airlines Beech 1900D (C-GPCE/PCO615) on a flight from Vancouver Intl, BC (CYVR) to Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies Intl, BC (CYXC) requested assistance due to a possible landing gear issue. The aircraft landed without incident at 0510Z.
UPDATE TSB Report #A20P0004: C-GPCE, a Pacific Coastal Airlines Beech 1900D, was conducting flight PCO615 from Vancouver Intl (CYVR), BC, to Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies Intl (CYXC), BC, with 2 crew members and 12 passengers on board. During the approach into CYXC, when the crew selected “GEAR DOWN”, the landing gear in transit light remained illuminated and none of the landing gear down lights illuminated. The crew conducted a missed approach and requested radar vectors to allow them to conduct their abnormal landing gear indication checklists. On completion of their checklists and manual extension of the landing gear, they had heard the landing gear extend, had a green nose landing gear down indication and had no landing gear warning horn with the flaps in the landing configuration. The crew determined they were safe to land with the indications present and requested the approach to CYXC with ARFF to be on standby as a precaution. The aircraft landed without incident. Maintenance conducted a number of landing gear swings and did functional checks on the landing gear electrical systems with no fault found. The aircraft has been returned to service.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. Follow-up on landing gear failure for C-GPCE resulted in the following assessment: Through operational experience, moisture accumulated in the landing gear relay located in wing caused landing gear operation failure due to freezing. A new sealed relay installed through a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has been installed on company aircraft with exception of this newly acquired aircraft. The new sealed landing gear relay has now been installed and no further gear failure has been experienced.

July 27, 2020

Incident at MOOSONEE ON (CYMO) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A Thunder Airlines Limited Beech A100 (C-GYQK/THU103) from Timmins, ON (CYTS) to Moosonee, ON (CYMO) advised upon landing that they had hit multiple small birds, and that there were many birds flying around the intersection. THU103 departed at 1353Z. An airport vehicle (ST24) advised of the presence of 3 birds. There were 4 arrivals and 2 departures after the bird strike, none of which reported further incidents.

March 6, 2020

Incident at LONDON ON (CYXU)

An unknown aircraft on the ground at London, ON (CYXU) squawked 7700 for approximately three minutes. Four CF-18 aircraft, including a Government of Canada, Department of National Defence McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet (QUILL01) from London, ON (CYXU) to Bagotville, QC (CYBG) and a Government of Canada, Department of National Defence McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet (ALUT26) from London, ON (CYXU) to Trenton, ON (CYTR), were starting up at the time on Apron 2 and were queried, but they responded that they had not squawked the code. No other aircraft were observed to be active on the aprons, and none responded to the query. No impact to operations.

April 6, 2020


The Flight Service Station (FSS) at Dryden, ON (CYHD) received multiple attempts at radio transmission from a privately registered, amateur-built Rotorway Scorpion 133 from Dryden, ON (CYHD), but none were readable. Aircraft was observed departing CYHD, and established radio contact when 13NM East. No impact to operations.

March 7, 2020


The pilot of a privately registered Piper PA-28-151 from Parry Sound, ON (CNK4) to Toronto/Oshawa, ON (CYOO) thought they had an active VFR flight plan (FP) on file but there was none in the system. Pilot indicated they filed through the collaborative Flight Planning Services (CFPS), but perhaps spotty cell service was the reason it did not process. Earlier FP from CYOO to CNK4 had been entered in the system without issue.

September 9, 2020

Incident at GRANDE PRAIRIE AB (CYQU) (ATM - ILS irregularity)

At approximately 0220Z, the Grande Prairie, AB (CYQU) instrument landing system (ILS) 109.9 failed. Within the previous hour, the localizer (LOC) had alarmed to "Emergency Power Unit" (EPU) and the Technical Operations Coordinator (TOC) was advised. GPA/Staff 20 checked the field electrical centre (FEC) and localizer (LLZ) shack for any indications of failure, and none were noted. At around 0220Z, the LLZ failed and the ILS shut itself off. The TOC and the Edmonton Area Control Centre (ACC) were advised, and the TOC issued a NOTAM for failure. The TOC opened a work order for a follow-up. No operational impact.

July 4, 2020

Accident at NEEPAWA MB (CJV5)

TSB Report #A20C0061: C-FKKZ, an Air Tractor AT-401B operated by Western Canadian Aerial, was to conduct a local fungicide application flight from Neepawa (CJV5), MB. On the initial part of the takeoff roll, on Runway 22 in CJV5, the aircraft started drifting to the left. The pilot attempted to correct the drift but was unable to obtain full forward travel of the right rudder pedal. The aircraft experienced a runway side excursion, to the left of the runway, and came to rest in a ditch that runs parallel to the runway. The pilot was uninjured and the aircraft sustained substantial damage to its wings, propeller, engine and tail wheel. A minimal amount of fuel leaked from the aircraft but none of the fungicide leaked. The ELT did not activate. A post-accident inspection revealed scratch marks and an indentation on the hopper by the right rudder pedal in line with the rudder pedal adjustment t-pin. A service difficulty report has been filed by the company to Transport Canada.

November 24, 2019


A Helijet International Sikorsky S-76A (C-FZAA/JBA905) enroute from Vancouver/Harbour (Public), BC (Heli) (CBC7) to Nanaimo Harbour, BC (Heli) (CDH5) called PAN PAN with control issue. The aircraft diverted to Vancouver Intl, BC (CYVR) and landed at helipad Charlie. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) responded.
Update TSB Report #A19P0168: C-FZAA, a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter operated by Helijet International, was conducting flight JBA905 from Vancouver Harbour Heliport (CBC7), BC to Nanaimo Harbour Heliport (CDH5), BC with 2 crew and 8 passengers on board. When the aircraft leveled off at 1000 feet ASL, the pilot flying (PF) felt binding in the cyclic (roll axis). Thinking it was an issue with the cyclic force trim, the PF attempted to clear the problem by engaging the R/H cyclic trim button several times and informed the pilot monitoring (PM) of the situation. The PM checked the pressure gauges and the caution system for abnormalities and found none. The PF passed rotorcraft control to the PM to confirm the binding and to check the force trim release on the L/H cyclic. After troubleshooting did not clear the binding in the cyclic, the crew decided to divert to Vancouver Intl (CYVR), BC and declared a PAN PAN requesting priority for a runway. In close proximity to the airport, the binding in the cyclic ceased and the crew chose to land on the helipad with the option of using the connected taxiway for a run on landing if necessary. The rotorcraft landed safely and taxied in. Upon inspection, Helijet maintenance found that the Magnetic Brake was sticking "on". They installed a serviceable Magnetic Brake assembly, conducted a satisfactory flight control freedom of movement inspection, and the aircraft was returned to service.

September 27, 2019


The pilot of a Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-301 (C-GNON/JZA8246) on a flight from Vancouver Intl, BC (CYVR) to Castlegar/West Kootenay, BC (CYCG) reported a bird strike upon touching down on Runway 33. The bird was reported to be a hawk. The vehicle operator was sent to inspect the runway for debris. None found. Vehicle operator advised that the hawk was lodged in the wheels of JZA8246. Pilot reported no damage and departed on schedule. No impact on operations.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The flight crew of DHC-8-301 (C-GNON/JZA8246/Tail 302), following company procedure LMP12, recorded the bird strike in the technical record, contacted the Maintenance Operational Controller (MOC), as there was no maintenance at this location. The aircraft was inspected with no damage noted, and released (deferred) to continue to a maintenance base. Company maintenance subsequently inspected the aircraft and returned it to service when no damage was found.

November 17, 2019


Aviation Incident Report #16637: Due to mechanical issues, including "the starter", a strong smell of gasoline and smoke got into the cabin of a Sunwing Airlines flight from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to Montego Bay, Jamaica (MKJS). This matter triggered respiratory symptoms for a number of passengers.
UPDATE from operator: Update to aircraft information and event: Sunwing Airlines Inc. staff performed extensive searches of their records/databases amongst multiple operational departments and none were able to find any records or documentation relating to “a smell of gasoline and smoke” or “respiratory symptoms for a number of passengers” for this flight, a Sunwing Airlines Inc. Boeing 737-8Q8 (C-GTVG) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to Montego Bay, Jamaica (MKJS), as reported in the original CADOR narrative.

October 23, 2019


A North Star Air Pilatus PC-12 (BF706) departed VFR on a flight from Lansdowne House, ON (CYLH) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) and contacted East Low specialty for an IFR clearance at 2202Z. The flight crew stated they had filed an IFR flight plan, but there was none in Winnipeg (CYWG) Canadian Automated Air Traffic System CAATS.

September 9, 2019


An M. Cross Enterprises Ltd. Sundance SBA90 (C-GBGY) hot air balloon, origin and destination unknown, called the tower whilst in the air saying they had departed from Brooklyn, approximately 4 miles NW of Toronto/Oshawa, ON (CYOO) and were heading northbound.

July 27, 2019


The St. Catharines/Niagara, ON (CYSN) flight service station (FSS) advised the London (YXU) Flight Information Centre (FIC) that an American, corporately registered Cessna 172S (N526ER) arrived at CYSN from the United States. CYXU had received three proposed transborder flight plans from two different departure points, none of which were activated. Confirmed by the United States FSS.

June 7, 2019

Incident at OTTAWA / CARP ON (CYRP) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

An Aginty Inc. Columbia LC42-550FG (C-GPKS) from origin unknown to Ottawa/Carp, ON (CYRP) had a flat tire on the runway at CYRP at 2042Z. NOTAM issued until 2200Z. Effect on aviation services unknown.
Aviation Incident Report #16151: Aircraft C-GPKS landed on Runway 28 without incident. While back tracking to Taxiway Alpha, the port tire experienced a flat tire. The aircraft was unable to continue taxiing and remained on the runway for approximately two hours. NOTAM was issued, closing the runway. Aircraft was removed and NOTAM cancelled. Runway was inspected for debris, and none was found.

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ) (FOD (foreign object debris), Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

An Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300 (ROU1713) from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (MDPC) to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) was instructed to execute a missed approach due to departure traffic, an Air Canada Boeing 777 300 series (ACA856) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to London/Heathrow, United Kingdom (EGLL) requesting a runway inspection prior to take-off due to the possibility of foreign object debris (FOD). None found. No other operational impact.

July 12, 2019

Incident at Hood River/Ken Jernsted Airfield, OR (K4S2)

Aviation Incident Report #16222: A training glider, an American corporately registered Schweizer SGS 2-33A (N2964H), operated by a student pilot was completing a Private Pilot Checkride with a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) onboard at Hood River/Ken Jernsted Airfield, OR (K4S2). A privately registered Cessna T182 from Hood River/Ken Jernsted Airfield, OR (K4S2) to Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW) was doing a run-up with multiple souls on board (4). Multiple witnesses heard the glider make calls on the downwind, base and final. The Cessna T182 pulled out in front of the glider during final. K4S2 has a large glider operation and it is noted on the chart. Chief Flight Instructor intended to have a discussion about this unsafe departure with the Cessna T182 operator. Reports to the United States FAA will be made.

October 17, 2019

Incident at 5159N / 11657W

A North Cariboo Flying Service de Havilland DHC-8-311 (C-GLWN/NCB4055) from Kirby Lake, AB (CRL4) to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) experienced an "indicator" issue en route. Requested and received clearance to Calgary, AB (CYYC).
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. During cruise, the crew of NCB4055 noticed the right hand (RH) Gas Generator Speed (NH) jumping from 96-100.3% on the gauge, none of the other gauges fluctuated. The flight crew contacted the company Maintenance Operations who advised the crew to divert to CYYC. Centre was advised of the deviation and further advised that it was for an instrument related issue and was not an emergency. Upon arrival in CYYC, company maintenance was unable to recreate the defect however the NH Indicator and probe were replaced and code 33 signal cleared for the Electronic Engine Control (EEC). A satisfactory ground run was conducted no defects or codes present and the aircraft was dispatched the following day. When the crew returned to base they advised of a single event where the engine failed to accelerate when the power lever was advanced. The takeoff was rejected and once clear the engine was tested with no additional faults. Subsequently, the engine operated normally. When the aircraft returned to base the crew advised maintenance of the single event, at this time maintenance found that the EEC Code 33 had returned, the EEC was replaced, the code cleared and aircraft returned to service.

October 12, 2019


An Excel Flight Training Incorporated Piper PA-28-151 (C-FULQ) from Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) to Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) observed on radar entering the mandatory frequency (MF). Numerous attempts were made to contact the pilot, none were successful. A few radio squelch breaks an interference heard. The aircraft performed a stop and backtrack on Runway 21 then departed south west (SW).

July 10, 2019

Incident at IQALUIT NU (CYFB) (Incursion - manoeuvring area)

The airport manager (APM) advised (ADZ) that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was chasing an individual who potentially jumped the airport fence. The flight service station (FSS) did not observe anyone airside. RCMP ADZ the individual was apprehended and did not appear to have been airside. The pilots were advised by FSS and none reported visual on pedestrian. No impact on operations (OPS).

June 22, 2019


An Air Spray Lockheed 188C (C-GZCF/ASB490) from Slave Kale, AB (CYZH) to Red Deer Regional, AB (CYQF) declared an emergency at 1748Z due to faulty gear. The aircraft landed gear up at 1824Z.
Update TSB #A19W0080: C-GZCF, a Lockheed 188C Electra aircraft operated by Air Spray (1967), was conducting ferry flight ASB490 from Slave Lake (CYZH), AB to Red Deer Regional (CYQF), AB with 2 pilots and 2 aircraft maintenance engineers on board. During landing gear retraction on departure from CYZH, the left main landing gear did not retract properly. As the flight crew continued the flight to CYQF, various attempts to extend the landing gear were made while troubleshooting, however none were successful. Subsequently, the decision to land the aircraft with all landing gears retracted was made. In preparation for the landing, the aircraft dumped fuel and ARFF was placed on standby for the arrival. The aircraft touched down on Runway 35, and came to rest approximately half way down the runway, with the right wing in the grass on the east side of the runway. The flight crew evacuated; there were no injuries or post-landing fire. There was some minor damage to the belly mounted retardant tank and to all blades on the four propellers.

June 21, 2019


An American, privately registered, amateur built Q-200 aircraft (experimental) from Palmer, AK (PAAQ) to Whitehorse/Erik Nielsen, YT (CYXY) landed at CYXY and requested to close their transborder flight plan. None on file.

June 8, 2019


The Watson Lake, YT (CYQH) community aerodrome radio station (CARS) called to report picking up a strong emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal. to The hangars were checked to see if someone was doing any maintenance on an aircraft. The Whitehorse, YT (YXY) flight information centre (FIC) was contacted to verify if there were any aircraft inbound or outbound to CYQH. There were none. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton was advised and they phoned back a couple of minutes later to say that the signal was located and the ELT was turned off.

September 1, 2019

Incident at SUMMERSIDE PE (CYSU) (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information, Aerodrome - other)

Pilot of a privately registered Cessna 172P from Quebec/Neuville, QC (CNV9) to Summerside, PE (CYSU) reported that, at approximately 2140Z on August 31st, after arriving at CYSU and taxiing to Apron I, the aircraft almost collided with cones covering the taxiway and apron. Pilot said it was "near dark" and cones were not reflective. They had checked NOTAMs before departing on flight and found none. They were told by someone at CYSU when they arrived that there was a NOTAM (there is none in the database) regarding racing all weekend on the apron. Pilot re-filed a new flight plan list (FPL) today, checked the NOTAMs with the London Flight information Centre (FIC), and noticed that there was no NOTAM. When contacted, universal communications (UNICOM) said they didnt issue a NOTAM because the racing is on the apron.

April 17, 2019

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

At 7 miles final for Runway 32, a Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-GYJZ/JZA8993) from St. Johns, NL (CYYT) to Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) declared MAYDAY with a possible fire in the baggage compartment and requested aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF). JZA8993 landed at 1621Z, taxied off the runway and stopped for inspection by ARFF at the entrance to the apron. No smoke observed and no heat detected by ARFF so Jazz (JZA) taxied to a gate for further inspection. Minimal delays to departing and arriving aircraft as runway was immediately inspected and returned to operation.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. On final the Flight Crew received an aft baggage smoke warning. The Crew, following the Quick Reference Handbook (QRH), discharged the aft Fire Bottles. An Emergency was declared. The aircraft landed without incident. After landing ARFF met the aircraft to check for smoke or fire, there was none. The aircraft taxied to the gate. Maintenance replaced the aft Fire Bottles, performed an operation test of the detectors, and an operational test of the extinguisher bottle pressure switches. The system checked serviceable. Maintenance replaced the two aft Smoke Detectors. Service difficulty Report No. 20190424003 was submitted.
Update TSB #A19A019: C-GYJZ, a Bombardier DHC-8-400 aircraft operated by Jazz Aviation LP, was conducting flight JZA8993 from St. John’s Intl (CYYT), NL to Halifax/Stanfield Intl (CYHZ), NS. During the final approach to Runway 32 at CYHZ, the flight crew received an aft baggage smoke indication. The flight crew followed the QRH, discharged the fire bottles, and declared a MAYDAY. The aircraft landed without further incident. ARFF met the aircraft and checked for smoke or fire. After determining that there were no signs of fire, the aircraft taxied to the gate. The operator’s maintenance replaced extinguishers and conducted operational tests of the system before the aircraft was returned to service.

September 15, 2018


TSB #A18Q0152: C-GJOP, a de Haviland DHC-8-102 aircraft operated by Air Creebec, was conducting IFR flight CRQ906 from Waskaganish, QC (CYKQ) to Val dOr, QC (CYVO) with 3 crew members and 20 passengers on board. Just after the rotation while taking off on Runway 24 at CYKQ, the right engine surged to a high torque, before going down to zero torque. The flight crew shut the affected engine (Pratt & Whitney Canada PW120A) down and carried out a VFR circuit to return to land at CYKQ without further incident. None of the occupants was injured. The aircraft sustained no damage.

October 6, 2018

Incident at ST-JEAN QC (CYJN)

Six hot-air balloons?two Cameron Balloons Z-210 (C-GGTF and C-GGTY), a Lindstrand Balloons LBL 150A (C-FROH), a Cameron Balloons Z-105 (C-GGTW), a Fantasy Sky Promotions Fantasy Eight (C-GJAQ), and a Sundance SBA90 (C-FBFA)?were in the Saint-Jean, QC (CYJN) control zone between 1136Z and 1155Z without the prerequisite communication. No impact on operations.

June 11, 2018

Incident at ST-JEAN QC (CYJN)

A truck (ST1) and 4 lawn tractors were authorized to access Taxiway D, away from Runways 06 and 11. The authorization was correctly re-read by all the vehicles. During the visual scan, air traffic control (ATC) noted that the truck was within the runway protected area and asked the vehicle to leave immediately. The operational impact involved an Air Cadet League of Canada (Quebec) Schweizer SGS 2-33A (C-FARD) glider on a flight from St. Jean, QC (CYJN) and landing at St. Jean, QC (CYJN) being redirected to land on the grassed area parallel to Runway 06 to avoid conflict with the vehicle.

August 8, 2018

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

The pilot of a Verbisky Enterprises Ltd. Cessna 180J (C-GHXO) on a flight from Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) and landing at Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) reported feeling sick and light headed while conducting a survey flight 20 miles Northeast, possibly due to forest fire smoke. No emergency was declared but the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit was requested and responded. No impact to operations.
Update TSB Report # A18W0121: C-GHXO, a Cessna 180J aircraft operated by Trek Aerial Surveys, was conducting pipeline patrols approximately 30 nm East of Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) with one pilot and one observer on board. The area of inspection features a significant amount of oil and gas production infrastructure. After flying for about 3 hours, the amount of forest fire smoke had increased significantly. Coincidentally, the pilot and the observer began to feel out of sorts; cognition was reduced. The pilot decided to head back to CYXJ out of precaution and while en route, the ability to concentrate became more difficult for both the pilot and the observer. ARFF was on standby for the landing, which was uneventful. Both the pilot and observer were met by EMS for observation and nothing significant was noted. The aircraft exhaust system was checked for leaks, and none were found.

June 26, 2018

Incident at 4835N / 12333W (Controlled airspace - unauthorized entry)

CYA 110 (H) activated as per normal procedure from 1900Z until 2200Z to 2500 feet. At 2215Z, hang gliders still operating in the area were visually observed from the Victoria Int'l, BC (CYYJ) tower. Though none were affected, IFR aircraft from the south would have been unable to conduct unrestricted visual should they have requested it.

January 3, 2018

Incident at VANCOUVER HARBOUR BC (Water) (CYHC) (Weather balloon, meteor, rocket, CIRVIS/UFO)

Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre (VHFC) staff telephoned the control tower to advise that a group of people were lighting sky lanterns on a dock at Harbour Green Park adjacent to the float plane docks. The lanterns were airborne and drifting upwards, potentially towards the eastbound approach for the water landing Area A. An additional concern was that the sky lanterns could drift over the fuelled aircraft at the float plane docks and the aircraft fuelling facilities.Tower contacted 911, the Port of Vancouver Harbourmaster's Office, and the Vancouver Park Board (owners of the dock). The Harbourmaster's workboat was first on the scene and they convinced the people to stop launching their sky lanterns. The tower observed that approximately a dozen lanterns were launched. The tower had switched to a westbound landing operation and no aircraft operations were affected, largely due to the fact that sunset was at 0026Z and the float plane operators had ceased operations for the day. The aircraft were being serviced at the float plane docks and personnel there were alerted to observe the sky lantern activity to ensure that none landed on or near any aircraft.

August 6, 2018


A Swiss Red Wings AG Robinson R66 on a trans border flight from Municipal Airport Sanderson Field, MI (KANJ) to Sault Ste. Marie, ON (CYAM) called to close a flight plan (FP). There was none on file, and it claimed to have filed online. The records indicate a delay was received, as well as a departure, but there was no FP from Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN) address EDDMKSTX.

August 9, 2018


A Canadian Space Agency (CSA) MMINUS Stratospheric Balloon launched from Timmins at 0955Z. The onboard transponder failed. No return on radar received.

July 13, 2018

Incident at HAMILTON ON (CYHM)

Controller initiated missed approach for an American privately owned PIK PIK 20B from Akron-Canton Airport, OH (KCAK) to Hamilton, ON (CYHM) off Runway 12. Preceding aircraft (WSW110) landed long and required backtrack to closest exit "G Taxiway".

May 30, 2018


UPDATE: TSB Report#A18C0038: C-FVPC, a Pilatus PC12/45 aircraft operated by North Star Air, was conducting flight BF705 from Big Trout Lake, ON (CYTL) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT). Approximately 30 nm North of CYQT, the flight crew received an engine fire annunciator illumination. The flight crew was unable to visually confirm the presence of fire and carried out the associated checklist items. ATC was notified, and the power was reduced on the engine (PT6A-67B). The flight crew continued the approach into CYQT and landed without further incident. No emergency was declared and, after the landing, ARFF was notified and followed the aircraft to the apron. The operator's maintenance inspected the aircraft for evidence of a fire; none was found. The engine fire detection system was inspected, and no faults were found. The aircraft was then returned to service.
A North Star Air Ltd. Pilatus PC-12/45 (C-FVPC/BF705) from Big Trout Lake, ON (CYTL) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) reported an engine fire indication while on 4 final, but did not declare an emergency. The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit was notified, and responded. The aircraft landed safely with no obvious fire. They taxied to the hanger with the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit following. No impact on operations.

Incident at HAMILTON ON (CYHM) (ELT)

At the Hamilton, ON (CYHM) aerodrome at 1744Z, an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on the 243 frequency for 2 to 3 minutes. Aircraft were canvassed for receipt and none heard. The signal stopped, then re-activated from 1749Z to 1751Z, then stopped. The Toronto/Pearson International, ON (CYYZ) area control centre (ACC) shift manager was notified at 1749Z. At 1755Z, the Trenton Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) called and closed the case when notified that the signal had stopped.

August 9, 2018

Incident at 2.5 NM SE KINSMEN PARK

A Sundance Balloons International Colt Balloons 240A (C-GDQP) was reported airborne in the control zone. There was no prior coordination with air traffic controller (ATC). Radio calls from tower were unanswered. The balloon was passed as traffic. A WestJet Encore de Havilland DHC-8-402 (WEN3275) landing at Saskatoon/John G. Diefenbaker Int'l, SK (CYXE), on final 27 was provided the traffic and reported the balloon in sight 1NM South of the approach path. No other impact.

August 4, 2018


An Aurora Helicopters Ltd. Aerospatiale AS 350 B-2 (C-GYWB) on a flight to Peace River, AB (CYPE) arrived without prior contact with the CYPE radio on the mandatory frequency (MF). The pilot advised they were making calls but none had been heard at CYPE. No operational impact.

July 19, 2018


An Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) was heard for approximately one minute at CYLL. The local operators were contacted, none claimed responsibility. No impact to operations.

June 26, 2018


Intermittent Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on 121.5 from 1738Z until 1741Z. None of the aircrafts operating in the zone heard it. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. QF Avionics called to say it was an 875507 Alberta Ltd. Sukhoi SU-26MX (C-GSUK). Trenton and ATOS were advised.

June 14, 2018


A strong emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was received on 121.5 at 2025Z. It lasted approximately 1 minute. ELT was last heard at 2026Z. Checked with local agencies and none reported any accidental activations. Shift manager and Air traffic control operations (ATOS) advised.

May 30, 2018


An Edmonton Flying Club Cessna 172S (C-GEFK) on a flight from Gowganda/Gowganda Lake, ON (Water) (CPL6) to Red Deer Regional, AB (CYQF) inbound North-Northeast via SLG. The aircraft was observed 3 nautical miles Southeast (SE) heading northwest. When queried, the pilot advised they were conducting deviation exercises. The flight service station (FSS) then informed the pilot to advise the flight service station (FSS) in advance the next time they would be doing such exercises in the zone for traffic. There was 1 departure to the East and another aircraft over the city at the time. None were on radar.

May 13, 2018


TSB Report#A18W0065: C-FRWI, a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter operated by Synergy Aviation, had completed the days flying and was enroute to a fuel cache before returning to base. At approximately 1500 feet AGL while at cruising speed, the pilot experienced a yaw to the right, followed by a low rotor warning horn. The collective was lowered to regain rotor and engine speed. However, when power was brought back, a severe vibration developed, accompanied with a loud clacking noise. The pilot initiated an autorotation approach into a well site and, when power was brought back on short final, the vibrations increased. A full auto rotational landing was conducted. After the landing, the pilot visually inspected the aircraft for damage; none was found. The operator?s maintenance determined that an exhaust valve had failed on the Avco Lycoming IO-540-AE1A5 engine.

May 27, 2018

Accident at CHIPMAN AB (CFU3)

An Edmonton Soaring Club Blanik L-23 glider (C-GKDX) from Chipman Airport, AB (CFU3) to Chipman Airport, AB (CFU3) landed long on Runway 10 and impacted the road embankment. The aircraft was damaged. The pilot appeared OK but was sent to hospital as a precaution. Transportation Safety Board (TSB) was notified by the glider operator.
UPDATE: TSB Report#A18W0074: C-GKDX, an L-23 Super Blanik glider operated by Edmonton Soaring Club, was doing a solo training flight at Chipman, AB (CFU3). Since the aircraft was high on the downwind leg, the student-pilot activated the spoilers to assist the descent. However, the aircraft remained above the desired approach path throughout the approach, leading to a landing that was well above optimal landing speed. The aircraft touched down well down the runway, rolled off the end through a ditch, then over a road and finally came to rest in a field. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.

April 26, 2018

Incident at 12NM NW CAMROSE AB (CEQ3)

TSB Report #A18W0055: A privately registered Piper PA-28-160 aircraft, was on a VFR flight plan from Wetaskiwin Regional, AB (CEX3) to Bonnyville, AB (CYBF). While in cruise flight in the vicinity of Hay Lakes, AB (12 nm NW of Camrose, CEQ3), the engine (Avco Lycoming O-320-B2B) lost a significant amount of power. The pilot attempted to regain power by selecting a different fuel tank, selecting different magnetos, applying carb heat and adjusting the mixture, however none of these efforts were effective. The pilot performed a precautionary landing with partial power on secondary Highway 617, just East of Hay Lakes, AB. There was no damage to the aircraft or injuries to the pilot who was the lone occupant. A maintenance examination determined that the number 3 cylinder exhaust valve had failed.
UPDATE AOR 231488-V2: a privately registered Piper PA-28-160 on a flight from Wetaskiwin Regional, AB (CEX3) to Bonnyville, AB (CYBF) called the Edmonton flight information centre (FIC) and reported a forced landing in the vicinity of Hay Lakes due to an engine issue. No emergency declared. Trenton Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) and Transportation Safety Board (TSB) advised. No impact to the operation.

May 6, 2018

Incident at CHIPMAN AB (CFU3)

During take-off, the front seat pilot of an Allstar PZL Glider SZD-54-2 "Perkoz" (C-GPKZ) on a flight from Chipman, AB (CFU3) and landing at Chipman, AB (CFU3), lost elevator control. The rear pilot was able to assume control of aircraft and landed safely 4 minutes later. No impact to operations.
UPDATE TSB Report #A18W0057: C-GPKZ, an Allstar PZL SZD-54-2 "Perkoz" glider operated by the Edmonton Soaring Club, was conducting a local check flight from Chipman, AB (CFU3) with a pilot receiving instruction (front seat) and a check pilot (rear seat) on board. Prior to the take off roll, a control check was completed and all flight controls were found to be free and correct. As the glider was gaining speed during the take-off roll, the pilot in the front seat had difficulty raising the front wheel off the ground. The check pilot then took control and rotated the aircraft into a climb attitude. Throughout the tow, the front seat pilot had no elevator control. At an altitude of approximately 800' AGL, the glider was released from the tow aircraft and the check pilot executed an immediate landing. There were no injuries or damage to the aircraft. An examination of the aircraft after the landing revealed that a "plain" type nut had been installed and had completely backed off from the bolt that connects the front control stick to the elevator control rod. This resulted in the bolt vibrating out, and the front control stick becoming disconnected from the elevator control system.

March 22, 2018


A Montair Aviation Cessna 172S (C-GFYI) on a flight from Red Deer Regional, AB (CYQF) and landing at Red Deer Regional, AB (CYQF) and a Montair Aviation Cessna 172S (C-GXJB) on a flight from Red Deer Regional, AB (CYQF) and landing at Red Deer Regional, AB (CYQF) were doing circuits on Runway 35. A Montair Aviation Cessna 172R (C-GGPQ) on a flight from Red Deer Regional, AB (CYQF) and landing at Red Deer Regional, AB (CYQF) was inbound from Lacombe, AB (CEG3) to cross overhead and join Runway 35 for circuits. At approximately 0438Z, a Montair Aviation Cessna 172R (C-GDMK) on a flight from Red Deer Regional, AB (CYQF) and landing at Red Deer Regional, AB (CYQF) reported inbound for circuits from CEG3 at 3NM E of the airport and unable to see the runway. At 0439Z, C-GGPQ also reported unable to see airport and appeared to have flown by the airport and was now SE of CYQF. Ground visibility was 8SM with no cloud below A100. None of the aircraft were on radar and all were solo student pilots. The flight service station (FSS) requested that C-GFYI and C-GXJB make full stop landing due to dropping in-flight visibility. The FSS was unable to clearly see C-GDMK or C-GGPQ. Both aircraft were given direction finder (DF) headings to the airport. At 0442Z, both aircraft had field in sight and followed each other to cross overhead. At 0445Z, C-GGPQ was late downwind Runway 35, following 2 C172s, and was observed to turn north. The pilot reported losing sight of airport and was given another DF heading to join downwind. An Air Georgian Beech 1900D (C-GAAR/GGN7204) on a flight from Calgary Int'l, AB (CYYC) to Red Deer Regional, AB (CYQF)was requested to reduce speed on approach to allow all 4 C172s to land. Edmonton Center was notified as a Regional 1 Airlines de Havilland DHC-8-104 (C-GWRI/TSH310) on a flight from Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) to Red Deer Regional, AB (CYQF) was following GGN7204 on approach. C-GGPQ conducted an overshoot at 0449Z as GGN7204 reported reduced in-flight visibility at A040. The FSS requested that C-GGPQ to make a tight-circuit and remain below A040 to keep runway in sight. All aircraft landed safely by 0454Z.

March 14, 2018


UPDATE: TSB Report#A18C0013: C-FHMA, a Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 aircraft operated by Skynorth Air Ltd, was conducting a local flight from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson Intl., MB (CYWG). While on final approach to Runway 31, the landing gear down was selected followed by a loud bang. The flight crew did not receive a landing gear down-and-locked indication. The approach was continued to perform a low and-over fly-past during which ATC confirmed that the landing gear was not visible. The crew flew out to a hold and performed an emergency gear extension. The landing gear extended and the crew received a 3 green indication. The crew requested ARFF on standby and the subsequent landing was uneventful. The operator's maintenance replaced the safety shear pin, reset the emergency extension system and adjusted the forward actuator striker plate on the right hand door. Landing gear swings were carried out satisfactorily.
A Skynorth Air Ltd. Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 (C-FHMA) on a flight from Winnipeg / James Armstrong Richardson Intl., MB (CYWG) and landing at Winnipeg / James Armstrong Richardson Intl., MB (CYWG) requested a flyby at approximately 3 miles final to Runway 31 due to a gear issue. None of the gear appeared down. The aircraft went and held in order to work on the issue and received 3 green but still requested that the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit be on standby. The aircraft landed safely at 2218Z. No other impact to operations.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. Safety shear pin replaced, emergency system reset and forward doors reset. Forward doors rigged as required. Gear swung several times and found satisfactory.

February 20, 2018


A First Air Boeing 737-406 (C-FFNC/FAB702) from Winnipeg / James Armstrong Richardson Intl., MB (CYWG) to Rankin Inlet, NU (CYRT) initiated a missed approach while on final for Runway 31. A reason was requested but none was given. The aircraft landed at 0006Z. No impact on other aircraft or operations.