February 18, 2020

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

The Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZOB) advised West Low that they had information about an Air Canada Airbus A319-211 (C-GAQL/ACA715) from New York/LaGuardia, NY (KLGA) to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) losing one wheel on departure from KLGA. ACA715 conducted a fly-by the CYYZ tower and one wheel was confirmed missing on the right-hand (R/H) main gear. ACA715 landed on Runway 23 at 2055Z without further incident (WOFI), and stopped on the runway. Passengers will be deplaned on the runway into buses for transport to the terminal. Once the passengers are off, a determination will be made as to whether the aircraft can taxi or be towed off the runway. Operational impact involved a "Ground Stop" issued at 2125Z due to ACA715 disabled on Runway 23.
Update TSB Report #A20O0020: C-GAQL an Airbus A319-100 aircraft AC715 operated by Air Canada was taking off from New York, LaGuardia (KLGA) NY to Toronto Lester B Pearson (CYYZ), ON, when the #4 wheel assembly separated from the landing gear. ATC informed the flight crew and the flight continued to CYYZ. On arrival at CYYZ the aircraft did a fly-by the tower which confirmed the #4 wheel was missing. The crew declared an emergency and the aircraft landed uneventfully with ARFF standing by. The aircraft stopped on the runway and damaged was assessed before the aircraft moved to the operators maintenance facility. All Passengers were deplaned on the runway and transported by bus to the terminal. Photos taken of the landing gear showed that the outer bearing appears to have failed allowing the wheel assembly to slip out of the axle. The axle nut remained secure and safetied to axle. Subsequent reports from the FAA and NTSB stated the wheel had been found and retrieved fully inflated. The operator was notified that the wheel was available for further examination.

December 9, 2019

Incident at In the vicinity of: Hartford/Bradley Intl, CT (KBDL)

TSB Report #A19F0313: C-GNON, a DHC 8-301 was being operated by Jazz Aviation as flight JZA842 from Montréal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl. (CYUL), QC to Hartford/Springfield/Bradley Intl. (KBDL), CT. While enroute the flight crew observed smoke/fire emanating from the upper left corner of the first officers windshield. The fire was extinguished and an emergency was declared. The aircraft landed uneventfully at KBDL. There were no injuries and the aircraft sustained minor damage. The NTSB is investigating (ENG20IA006).

July 29, 2019

Accident at Roundup (KRPX)

TSAB #A19F0209: a Cessna150M collided with terrain under unknown circumstances when the airplane struck trees in the vicinity of Roundup Airport, Roundup, MT (KRPX). The pilot, the sole occupant, was hospitalized with unknown injuries; the aircraft was substantially damaged. The NTSB is doing a limited investigation.

September 6, 2018

Accident at 1 NM WSW Port Huron (KPHN)

C-GLKX, a Cessna 340A operated by Flex Air Services, was conducting a private flight from St. Thomas Muni, ON (CYQS) to Port Huron/St. Clair County Intl, MI (KPHN) with a single pilot on board. The pilot reported a right engine (Teledyne Continental TSIO-520-NB) power loss before radio communications and radar contact were lost. The wreckage of the aircraft was later found near a baseball field, in the vicinity of KPHN. The pilot was fatally injured, and the aircraft was destroyed. The NTSB is investigating (Ref: CEN18FA371).

July 30, 2018

Accident at .25NM NW Greenville (Diversion, Declared emergency/priority, Collision with terrain)

TSB #A18F0172: A privately operated PA-60-602P aircraft, departed from Pembroke, ON (CYTA) to Charlottetown, PE (CYYG). During cruise flight, the pilot declared an emergency. A diversion to Greenville Municipal, ME (3B1) was initiated, and the aircraft impacted terrain during the approach, 0.25 nm from the threshold of Runway 14. The pilot and the 2 passengers were fatally injured; the aircraft was destroyed. The NTSB is investigating.

May 5, 2018


TSB Report #A18F0097: A privately registered Belair Raven Amateur Built aircraft, was conducting a flight from Sault Ste. Marie Municipal/Sanderson Field, MI (KANJ) with 2 persons on board. Shortly after becoming airborne, the aircraft was observed departing controlled flight, and nose-dived into the ground next to the runway. The 2 occupants were fatally injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged. The NTSB is investigating.

January 17, 2018


TSB Report#A18F0010: C-FESG, a privately operated Beech Duke B60 was on a cross-country flight from Canada to Scottsdale, Arizona (KSDL), with only the pilot onboard. As the aircraft was approaching its destination behind a jet, the aircraft kept the airspeed 5 to 10 knots faster than normal on the final approach. During the rollout, the left main landing gear tire blew out and directional control was lost. The aircraft veered left and exited the left side of the runway and came to in the gravel. The nose landing gear collapsed. The pilot was not injured; the aircraft sustained substantial damage. This occurrence is a data collection case for the NTSB (GAA18CA109).

May 3, 2017

Accident at Dans les environs de: MONTRÉAL / ST-HUBERT QC (CYHU)

UPDATE: TSB REPORT#A17F0103: C-GQAM, a Piper PA-31 aircraft operated by Strait Air, was conducting a cargo flight from Quebec/Jean-Lesage Intl, QC (CYQB) to Montreal/St-Hubert, QC (CYHU) with only the pilot on board. As the flight approached CYHU, ATC tried to establish contact with the pilot without success. The aircraft crossed the control zone at an altitude of 2100 feet ASL on a heading of 240°M, and continued on to penetrated US airspace within Boston ARTCC, still without communication. Subsequently, the aircraft collided with terrain approximately 10 nautical miles South of Potsdam Municipal, NY (KPTD) under unknown circumstances. The pilot, the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries. The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating.
A Strait Air Piper PA-31 (C-GQAM), from Québec/Jean-Lesage, QC (CYQB), to Montréal/St-Hubert, QC (CYHU), entered the CYHU control zone without establishing radio communication. Attempts to contact the aircraft on 126.7 were unsuccessful. The aircraft flew over the airport at 2 100 ft on a heading of 240°. Impact: A VFR departure and a VFR arrival were delayed. The aircraft then maintained a heading of 240° at 2 100 ft and entered US airspace; communications still had been not established at this point. The Boston air route traffic control centre (ARTCC) then advised that the aircraft had crashed 10 NM south of Potsdam, NY (KPTD). The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), aviation operations centre, Transportation Safety Board (TSB) and National Operations Centre (NOC) were notified.

September 30, 2017

Accident at 6137N / 04723W (FOD (foreign object debris), Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

UPDATE: TSB Report#A17A0063: F-HPJE, an Airbus 380-800 aircraft operated by Air France, was conducting flight AFR066 from Paris/Charles de Gaulle, France (LFPG) to Los Angeles Intl, CA (KLAX) with 24 crew members and 497 passengers on board. At 1349 UTC while in cruise at FL370, the flight crew declared a MAYDAY when fan and inlet components of the number 4 engine (Engine Alliance GP7270) separated from the engine. The flight crew shut the engine down and diverted to Goose Bay, NL (CYYR) where a landing was carried out without further incident on Runway 26 at 1543 UTC with ARFF standing by. Substantial damage to the number 4 engine inlet section was visible, as well as visible damage to slats and fairings inboard and outboard of the number 4 engine. A runway inspection discovered debris on the arrival runway, which needed to be removed before the runway could be reopened. The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada, Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA) of France, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the USA deployed investigators to CYYR. Advisors from Air France, Airbus and Engine Alliance (specialists from Pratt & Whitney USA and General Electric) also travelled to CYYR to assist. The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) information was used to confirm the area of the engine fan separation to be approximately 150 kilometers southeast of Paamiut, Greenland (territory of Denmark). Danish authorities delegated the investigation to the BEA.
An Air France Airbus A380-800 (FHPJE/AFR066) on a flight from Paris, France (LFPG) to Los Angeles, CA (KLAX) reported fire in the number 4 engine. The engine was shut down. The aircraft offset 15 miles left and descended to FL310. The flight was re-cleared to FL270 direct to Goose Bay, NL (CYYR). The aircraft landed without incident at 1543Z.

September 12, 2017

Accident at LAX - Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX)

TSB Report#A17F0214: A United Airlines B737-900 operating as flight 447 was taxing west on Taxiway C at Los Angeles Intl (KLAX) and scraped their RH winglet against a stationary Air Canada B767-300 (C-GHOZ) waiting for a tow to their gate. C-GHOZ received substantial damage to its RH elevator's lower right stabilizer control surface. There were no injuries. The NTSB is investigating.

July 8, 2017


UPDATE: FAA Report: The following information was reported by FAA Washington Operations Centre: On July 7 at 23:56 PST (July 8 2017 at 02:56 EDT) Air Canada flight 759, an Airbus 320 from Toronto (CYYZ) to San Francisco (KSFO) US was cleared to land runway 28R and instead line up for Taxiway C which is parallel to the runway. The aircraft overflew United 1 and Philippine Airlines 115 by 100 feet, United 863 by 200 feet and United 118 by 300 feet before being issued a go around by Air Traffic Control.
TSB Report#A17F0159: C-FKCK, an Airbus 320-200 aircraft operated by Air Canada, was conducting flight ACA759 from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl, ON (CYYZ) to San Francisco Intl, CA (KSFO). As the aircraft was on a visual approach to Runway 28R at KSFO, ATC cleared ACA759 to land. Approximately 0.6 nautical mile from the runway threshold, the flight crew asked ATC to confirm the landing clearance for Runway 28R because they were seeing lights. ATC responded in the affirmative, and re-cleared ACA759 to land on Runway 28R. The controller was coordinating with another facility when a flight crew member from another airline taxiing on Taxiway C queried ATC as to where ACA759 was going, then stated that ACA759 appeared to be lined up with Taxiway C which parallels Runway 28R. ACA759 had overflown Taxiway C for approximately 0.25 miles when ATC instructed the aircraft to go around. Four aircraft were positioned on Taxiway C at the time of the event. It is estimated that ACA759 overflew the first two aircraft by 100 feet, the third one by 200 feet and the last one by 300 feet. The closest lateral proximity between ACA759 and one of the four aircraft on Taxiway C was 29 feet. The NTSB is investigating.

January 11, 2017

Accident at Green Bay International Airport, WI (KGRB)

UPDATE; Aviation Incident Report#14646: A Falconair Ltd Cessna 182T experienced heavy icing requiring a diversion to Green Bay, WI (KGRB). The windshield frontal vision was obliterated. Hard landing on runway 18 due to a loss of lift at 30 feet over the runway resulting in damage to the aircraft. Aircraft is being repaired in Green Bay.
TSB Report#A17F0005: C-GTBI, a Cessna 182T aircraft operated by Falconair LTD, was conducting a flight from Marquette/Sawyer International Airport, MI (KSAW) to Falls International-Einarson Field, MN (KINL). During cruise the aircraft accumulated ice and diverted to Green Bay-Austin Straubel Intl Airport, WI (KGRB). The aircraft sustained substantial damage during landing when the nose landing gear strut and one of the main landing gear wheels separated from the airplane. The NTSB is conducting a limited investigation.

May 15, 2016

Accident at ST. GEORGE, UT (KGSU)

TSB#A16F0079: C-GBLK, a Cessna 180H, departed Jerome County Airport, ID (KJER) for St. George Regional, UT (KSGU). During the landing in crosswind conditions, the aircraft departed RWY 01 and experienced a runway excursion. There were no injuries to the three people on board, however the aircraft was substantially damaged. The NTSB is investigating. (GAA16CA233)

April 24, 2016

Accident at BRENHAM, TEXAS

TSB#A16F0068: a Zenair 601XL amateur built aircraft, departed Houston/David Wayne Hooks Memorial, TX (KDWH) for Brenham Municipal, TX (FAA designator 11R). During the landing phase, the aircraft lost engine power and impacted an obstacle. There were no injuries to the pilot, the sole occupant; however the aircraft was substantially damaged. The NTSB is investigating. (CEN16LA167)

July 15, 2015

Accident at 5 NM S GRAND FORKS BC (CZGF)

UPDATE: JRCC SARSUM Victoria Report#[V2015-01794]: (485990N 1181337W - Avey Field State Airfield, WA). A Canadian 406 emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was activated with both satellite positions outside the search and rescue region (SRR). However one position was very close to Grand Forks, BC. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Kelowna called to say the pilot had called them and had crashed. The pilot had received minor injuries and was trapped in the aircraft. When the Fire and Ambulance arrived on scene the pilot was extracted and taken for treatment.
UPDATE: TSB#A15F0076 - The PIPER, PA-28-151 departed Lethbridge, Alberta for Victoria, BC. It diverted to Avey Field, landed long and went off the end of the runway. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The aircraft was substantially damaged. The NTSB investigated (WPR15CA214).
UPDATE: FAA Report sent July 15, 2015: The pilot of a Piper PA28 enroute from Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) became lost and decided to land at Laurier-Avey Field, WA (69S). The pilot overshot the runway went off the south end of the runway and hit a tree then went into an embankment. The pilot was taken to a Canadian Hospital.
UPDATE: Report received from the owner: The Pilot of a Piper PA-28 reported that he/she had been involved in an incident when being ?too long? on landing at Avey field State Airport in Laurier, Washington, USA. The aircraft went off the runway and was destroyed. The pilot was able to get out of the aircraft without help and with minor injuries. Transportation Safety Board (TSB) was advised by the pilot.
Update from Aviation Enforcement: This incident has been reviewed by Civil Aviation Enforcement and the appropriate action has been taken.
Pilot reports of emergency locator transmitter (ELT) in the vicinity of Castlegar, BC (CYCG) passed to Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria, who advised receiving a 409 ELT from a privately registered Piper PA-28-151 from Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) to Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) near Grand Forks, BC (CZGF). Subsequent investigation found that the aircraft had crashed during a forced landing immediately south of the Canada-US border. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were given approval to attend and pilot was extracted from aircraft with minor injuries.

October 4, 2015


TSB#A15F0124 - The Canadian registered amateur built Super Bushmaster LS1 made a hard landing in gusty wind conditions at the Cliff Dwellers Airport, AZ (AZ03). The aircraft slid a few hundred feet before coming to a stop on the runway surface. The main landing gear broke off and the aircraft received substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The NTSB is investigating.

October 26, 2015


TSB#A15F0137 - The AS 350 B-2 helicopter (C-GSLY) had departed a remote camp near Deadhorse, AK to pick up a working crew. While conducting an approach in flat light conditions with decreasing visibility and in a turn, the right skid impacted terrain. The helicopter came to rest on its side and the pilot egressed. The pilot was uninjured; the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The NTSB is investigating.

April 24, 2014


UPDATE: Report provided by Wasaya Airways Limited Partnership. The Wasaya Airways Limited Partnership Beech 1900D aircraft (C-FWXL/WSG985) was departing from Sachigo Lake Airport (CZPB) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) and was climbing through 400 feet when the flight crew heard a rush of air and observed the passenger door annunciator light illuminated. The Captain took control so the First Officer could reach around and confirm that it was not merely a loose handle and that the door was properly secured. However, before the First Officer could get to the door handle, the door opened one to two inches (measured from the top of the door to the door frame). The Captain reduced power, declared an emergency and made an air turnback to Sachigo Lake Airport. The flight crew declared an emergency and used the cabin public address system as well as yelling at the passengers (due to excessive cabin noise) to stay seated and buckle up. Flaps and landing gear were lowered as late as possible (to reduce any changes to the air flow around the partially-open cabin door). A smooth landing was conducted and as the speed lowered, so did the cabin door. The aircraft taxied back to the ramp and was shut down. One passenger (who had undergone ear surgery within the past month) complained that her ears hurt.
TSB Report#A14C0061: C-FWXL (a Beech 1900, operating as Wasaya 985) had departed Sachigo Lake, ON for Sioux Lookout. Shortly after takeoff the crew heard a wind noise. The crew checked the caution panel but no warning lights were observed. A crew member was about to check the main cabin door to ensure that it was latched, when it popped open approximately 6 inches, and a door warning light illuminated. QRH items were carried out, the passengers were briefed, and the flight declared an emergency on the local frequency and diverted back to the Sachigo Lake airport. While the door was open approximately 6 inches the door restraining cable struck the left propeller. As the aircraft slowed on approach, the door opened further to point where it was approximately 90 degrees to the fuselage. When the aircraft touched down, the door opened fully and contacted the runway surface. The aircraft was taxied clear of the runway and the passengers were deplaned. There were no reported injuries. The aircraft sustained damage to its left propeller and main cabin door. The aircraft has been removed from service for inspection and clearance to ferry to a repair facility. Previously there were 2 similar NTSB occurrences NTSB FIles C)425201412000 and DEN031A147.

November 23, 2014

Incident at Palm Springs International Airport (KPSP)

TSB Report#A14F0146: The Hawkeye Aviation Embraer EMB-505 (C-GJOL) departed Palm Springs (KPSP), CA for Springbank (CYBW), AB. It was reported that immediately after take-off there was an un-commanded, severe right yaw. The flight requested a return to KPSP. On final approach, the pilot had to use differential thrust to keep airplane aligned with runway. During the landing, the left wing incurred minor damage. There were no injuries. The NTSB is conducting a limited investigation with the assistance of the FAA.

April 29, 2014

Accident at Rexburg, ID (KRXE)

UPDATE: TSB Report# A14F0054: A privately operated, amateur-built Elmendorf 1002 ran off the end of the runway 35 at Rexburg-Madison Country Airport (KRXE) during an aborted take-off roll on runway 35. The aircraft was substantially damaged. The pilot and flight instructor received minor injuries. The NTSB (FAA) is investigating this accident.
FAA Report sent April 29/14: REXBURG, ID (KRXE): A privately-registered model 1002 attempted to abort takeoff. The aircraft applied brakes and skidded approximately 400 feet off the end of the runway. Two passengers on board were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

October 29, 2013

Accident at Nashville International Airport (KBNA)

FAA Daily Alert Bulletin October 30: 1 fatal when Canadian registered C-GRJH, Cessna C172, crashed and burned under unknown circumstances right side of runway 2L in Nashville, TN. No ATC services. Weather: wind calm, visibility .25 fog, Rwy 2L visual range 800, vertical visibility 100.
Update: Follow-up information received from Flight Operations ? West [2013/12/02]: A team of two Civil Aviation Safety Inspectors (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The CASIs contacted the operator for additional information and were provided with a corrective action plan which, after review and additional input, was accepted. The CASIs subsequently advised that no further action was required at this time.
TSB Report#A13F0136: The Cessna 172R, registration C-GRJH, crashed at Nashville Airport (KBNA), TN, sometime during the night of 28/29 Oct. The aircraft wreckage was discovered in the morning of 29 Oct by another aircraft as it was taxiing. Apparently, there was no communication from C-GRJH to air traffic control at Nashville. The NTSB is investigating this occurrence and the TSB has appointed an Accredited Representative to the US investigation.

December 15, 2012

Accident at Near Beluga, AK

A Prism Helicopters Ltd Aerospatiale 350 (C-GYPH) crashed under unknown circumstances into the trees near Beluga, AK.
UPDATE from TSB: A12F0159: The pilot of the Eurocopter AS350-B3, C-GYPH, operated by Prism Helicopters on drill support operations was in cruise flight at about 630 feet ASL when he radioed that he was going down. The company dispatched a second helicopter (AS350-B2) to the site; they confirmed the helicopter had crashed, and the pilot was severely injured. A US Air Force Search and Rescue Team rappelled from a Sikorsky AH-60 helicopter down to the site in a heavilly forested area. The pilot was initially taken to hospital in Anchorage Alaska and subsequently transfered to Seattle, Washington. The NTSB is investigating and have requested that Prism Helicopters arrange for the retrieval of the wreckage for further examination. It will be moved to a location near Wasilla, Alaska.

October 17, 2012

Accident at private heliport, Erwinna, PA

The privately-registered Memento Mori Investments Limited Aerospatiale AS-355-F2 helicopter (C-FXGM) was departing on a [type of flight rules flight unknown] flight from a private helipad near Uhlerstown Hill Road in Erwinna, PA (U.S.A.). The helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances shortly after take-off, seven (7)NM north of Van Sant Airport, PA (U.S.A.) (9N1). The pilot (the sole occupant) was fatally injured in the crash and the helicopter was destroyed by fire. There were no air traffic control services available. Weather -- not reported.
UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Daily Notification [#A12F0129]: The Aerospatiale AS-355-F2 helicopter (Canadian registration C-FXGM) had just departed from Erwinna, PA. Shortly after take-off and while en-route, the helicopter struck a steep slope. The pilot, the only person on board, was fatally injured. There was a post-impact fire and the helicopter was consumed. The NTSB is investigating this accident. Transport Canada (Ottawa) has appointed a Technical Observer for this accident investigation.

July 6, 2012

Accident at vicinity of Banner Elk, NC

The privately-registered, amateur-built Piel Emeraude CP-305 aircraft was on a VFR flight from Ashe County Airport, NC (U.S.A.) (KGEV) to Asheville Regional Airport, NC (U.S.A.) (KAVL). The aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances near Boone, NC (U.S.A.) and was substantially damaged. The pilot was not injured. Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board staff are investigating.
UPDATE Supplemental information received from N.T.S.B. Accident Investigation Report #ERA12LA432: 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation Accident occurred Friday, July 06, 2012 in Banner Elk, NC Aircraft: PIEL Emeraude, registration: C-FBZZ Injuries: 1 Minor. This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report. On July 6, 2012, about 1900 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Piel Emeraude CP-305 was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain near Banner Elk, North Carolina. The Canadian certificated commercial pilot incurred minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the flight, from Johnson County Airport (6A4), Mountain City, Tennessee, to Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), Asheville, North Carolina. The personal flight was conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. According to the pilot, he was navigating along a river when he encountered a 90-degree bend. He decided to climb the airplane over a mountain rather than continue to follow the river, as it provided a more direct course to his destination. As the airplane began to climb, the pilot noted that the engine began to lose power. The pilot directed the airplane toward a low point among the trees, but the airplane descended, and made a "controlled crash" into the trees.

March 21, 2011

Accident at Seattle Boeing Field/King Country Int'l, WA (KBFI) (Collision with object, Collision on ground)

Update #1: According to information from the NTSB: the event took place while a maintenance team was on board. There was no intent to fly.
At the Seattle Boeing Field/King Country Int'l airport, WA (KBFI), C-GNRL, a Convair operated by Nolinor Aviation, went over the wheel chocks during the engine run and collided with a fence, a container loader and a UAS Transervices Inc. Piper Navajo, registered N27579. Aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) services were dispatched to the scene. No one was injured.

June 30, 2011

Incident at Kansas City International Airport, MO (KMCI)

Initial information received from T.S.B. Daily Notification [#A11F0135]: The Jazz Air Limited Partnership Bombardier CL-600-2B19 (RJ100) Regional Jet aircraft (C-FWRR, operating as Air Canada Express flight JZA8028) was preparing to depart on a scheduled IFR flight from Kansas City International Airport, MO (U.S.A.) (KMCI) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). Just before departing Kansas City International Airport, the left pack temperature went to 110º. The flight crew smelled and saw smoke in the flight deck. The flight crew turned off the pack and the smoke/smell went away. There was no smell/smoke in the passenger cabin. The aircraft has been returned to service. The NTSB is not taking any action at this time.

March 7, 2011

Accident at 46 45.4N 069 53W

UPDATE TSB: A11F0038: The DA40 aircraft, was en route from Halifax (CYHZ) to Québec City (CYQB). While flying in US airspace over Maine, the aircraft encountered icing conditions and the pilot declared an emergency. The aircraft eventually descended below Minimum Vector Altitude. After losing communications, Montreal Centre attempted to reach the pilot via relay, with no success. Canadian and American Search and Rescue centres were then notified. The aircraft was located at 46 45.4N 069 53W (Maine, USA) 2 miles from the Quebec border. The aircraft was destroyed when it struck a hill. One occupant was fatally injured and the other had serious injuries. The US NTSB is investigating and an Accredited Representative from the TSB has been appointed.
Montreal Area Control Centre and the FAA have reported that , a privately registered Diamond DA40 aircraft, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Quebec City (CYQB) had lost communication with Air Traffic Control. The aircraft's last reported coordinates were 46 31N / 69 43W, which is in northern Maine, near the Quebec Border. The aircraft had encountered icing conditions and the pilot declared an emergency, eventually descending below Minimum Vector Altitude. After losing communications, Montreal Centre attempted to reach the pilot via relay, with no success. Canadian and American Search and Rescue centres have been notified and are in communication with each other. The aircraft was located at 46 45.4N 069 53W (Maine, USA) 2 miles from the Quebec border. 1 injured occupant was transported to Quebec hospital, extent of injuries unknown and the other occupant is deceased. TSB Case Closed.

December 1, 2010


Update According to the TSB Final Report A10Q0213 authorized for release on 5 November 2013. The American Airlines Incorporated Boeing 737-823 (registration N901AN, serial number 29503) departed Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, United States, as flight AAL802 on a scheduled flight to Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Quebec. At 1953 Eastern Standard Time, after touching down on Runway 24R in light rain during the hours of darkness, the aircraft gradually veered left of centerline. It departed the runway surface and stopped in the grass and mud, approximately 90 feet from the runway edge and 6600 feet from the threshold. None of the 106 passengers, 6 crew members, or 1 off-duty crew member were injured. Evacuation was not deemed necessary; all passengers and cabin crew deplaned via an air stair and were transported by bus to the terminal. Damage to the aircraft was minor.
Update #1: TSB investigation number and class were added. Aircraft registration added. Modification of the occurence type for "incident". According to TSB report #A10Q0213: The Boeing 737-800, flight AAL802, operating from KDFW Dallas Fortworth, Texas to CYUL Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Int'l landed runway 24R. Approximately 6600 ft down the runway the aircraft departed to the left of the intended runway surface stopping on the grass. ARFF was called. Passengers were deplaned via airstair. No one was injured. The NTSB has assigned an accredited representative in accordance with ICAO Annex 13.
AAL802, a Boeing 737-800 operated by American Airlines, was on an IFR flight from Dallas (KDFW) to Montréal/Trudeau (CYUL). Upon landing on Runway 24R, the aircraft exited the runway on the south side between Taxiway BRAVO 2 and Taxiway ECHO. The aircraft's three wheels ended up in the grass and the mud. There was no damage and no injuries. The passengers evacuated the aircraft and were transported to the terminal by bus. The aircraft was travelling at approximately 70 kt when it exited the runway. Weather conditions at that time were 15 kt winds from the south-southeast with 20 kt gusts and heavy rains.

July 25, 2010

Accident at Galesgurg, Illinois

Mise à jour #1: Selon le rapport du BST #A10F0129: The examination of the engine and its components concluded the followings:The engine displayed contact signatures to its internal components characteristic of the propeller being out of feather and the engine being un-powered and spooling down from high power, or being powered in a sub-idle roll-back condition, at the time of impact.There were no indications of any pre-impact anomalies or dysfunction to any of the engine components, or any other conditions observed that would contribute to a loss of power.
An Air Tractor AT-602, registered N8521L, operated by South Delta Aviation, sustained substantial damage when it impacted the terrain after a loss of engine power (PWC PT6A-60AG, S/N RG0103) while maneuvering at low altitude near Galesburg, Illinois. The 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 Agricultural Flight was spraying a field when the airplane experienced the loss of power. The commercial pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. No flight plan was filed. The NTSB is investigating and has requested TSB assistance.

June 2, 2010

Accident at 3NM sud-ouest de Midlothian, Texas

Mise à jour #1: Selon le rapport du NTSB #CEN10FA291: The helicopter was on a postmaintenance flight when it experienced an in-flight breakup about 8 minutes after departure, collided with the ground, and exploded into flames. Several witnesses reported seeing the tail boom, main rotor hub, main rotor blades, and other debris separate from the helicopter. One witness heard a "loud crack" sound. A postaccident examination revealed that the helicopter's swashplate A-side drive pin had failed in flight, which resulted in the helicopter's in-flight breakup and uncontrolled descent. The separated head of the drive pin remained in the interior of the swashplate. The fractured drive pin hole exhibited mechanical damage, with the markings of increased amplitude and spacing progressing outward, which suggests that the fractured drive pin oscillated and then ejected from its hole. The fracture of a swashplate drive pin as a result of hydrogen embrittlement due to an unknown source, which resulted in an in-flight breakup of the main rotor system during cruise flight.
Bell Helicopter 222U, registered N515MK, operated by Careflite, was in a cruise flight at approximately 600 FT AGL when the tail boom and the main rotor separated from the helicopter. The fuselage impacted the terrain and there was an immediate post-impact fire. Both occupants were fatally injured.

May 25, 2010


UAL935, un Boeing 777-200 exploité par United Air Lines, effectuait un vol selon les règles de vol aux instruments (IFR) depuis Londres/Heathrow (EGLL) à destination de Los Angeles (KLAX). Approximativement aux coordonnées 61N / 061W, l'équipage a rapporté avoir rencontré de la turbulence modérée à sévère et a déclaré une urgence médicale en raison des blessures subies par un agent de bord et deux passagers. L'équipage a demandé à être réacheminé à Montréal/Trudeau (CYUL) où l'appareil s'est posé sans encombre à 1620Z. Un agent de bord a subi une fracture du tibia et du péroné, un passager a subi une blessure à la cheville et un autre souffre de douleurs aux côtes. Un enquêteur du Bureau de la sécurité des transports (BST) a été dépêché sur les lieux et a rencontré l'équipage.*** ** *** UAL935, a Boeing 777-200 operated by United Air Lines, was on an IFR flight from London/Heathrow (EGLL) to Los Angeles (KLAX). When the aircraft was at approximately 61N / 061W, the crew reported having encountered moderate to severe turbulence and declared a medical emergency due to the injuries suffered by a flight attendant and two passengers. The crew requested a diversion to Montréal/Trudeau (CYUL), where it landed without incident at 1620Z. A flight attendant suffered a broken tibia and fibula, one passenger injured an ankle and another had pain in the ribs. A Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigator was sent to the scene and met with the crew.
Update #1: The TSB occurrence number was added. The class of investigation is under evaluation. The aircraft registration was added. According to the TSB #A10Q0073: Flight UAL935, a Boeing 777, registration N794UA, operated by United Airlines, departed London Heathrow, UK for Los Angeles, USA with 3 pilots, 12 flight attendants and 196 passengers on board. At FL330, over the west cost of Greenland (40 nm E of 62N 050W), the flight experienced moderate to severe clear air turbulence. One passenger and one flight attendant sustained serious injuries. Four passengers sustained minor injuries. During the event, three overspeed conditions were recorded. The flight diverted to Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport where an uneventful landing was carried out.
Mise à jour #1: Selon rapport de Nav Canada 119314-V1: L'aéronef était en vol entre les coordonnées 62N/050W et 61N/060W, au niveau de vol 330, approximativement 40 milles nautiques à l'est de 62N/050W lorsqu'il a rencontré de la turbulence modérée à sévère.*** ** *** Update #1: According to NAV CANADA report 119314-V1: The aircraft was flying between the coordinates 62N/050W and 61N/060W at FL330, and was approximately 40 NM east of 62N/050W when it encountered moderate to severe turbulence.
Update TSB report# A10Q0073 has changed to A10F0068: Flight UA935, a Boeing 777, registration N794UA, operated by United Airlines, departed London Heathrow, UK for Los Angeles, USA with 3 pilots, 12 flight attendants and 196 passengers on board. At FL330, over the west cost of Greenland (40 nm E of 62N 050W), the flight experienced moderate to severe clear air turbulence. One passenger and one flight attendant sustained serious injuries. Four passengers sustained minor injuries. During the event, three overspeed conditions were recorded. The flight diverted to Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport where an uneventful landing was carried out. In accordance with Annex 13, the investigation has been delegated to the NTSB.

June 7, 2010

Incident at San Juan Island, Washington, USA

The Helijet International Sikorsky S76A (C-GHJP), VFR Victoria Harbour (CYWH) to Vancouver (CYVR), en route at 5500 ft declared a MAY DAY with an electrical fire and safely landed the aircraft in a field on San Juan Island. Only 2 crew members were on board with no injuries. The Rescue Coordination Centre was notified. There was no other impact to operations.
UPDATE from Maintenance & Manufacturing: The Helijet Sikorsky S76A (C-GHJP), a non-ambulance aircraft, performed a controlled landing due to smoke in the cockpit. Aircraft Maintenance Engineers were dispatched to the site in the San Juan Islands, WA. The reason for the smoke was determined to be 2 Alternating Current (AC) system wires chaffing on a structure in the AC circuit breaker panel. The panel was removed and brought to Vancouver for repairs. The wires were repaired and the wire exiting hole protected with a grommet to prevent further occurrences.
UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A10F0074 - The Helijet International Sikorsky S-76A helicopter (C-GHJP) was on a VFR ferry flight with only the two pilots onboard from Victoria Harbour to Vancouver International Airport in day Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC). About 10 minutes after take-off, they observed sparks and flames coming from the overhead AFCS circuit breaker panel. The pilot declared a MAYDAY and made a precautionary landing in a field on San Juan Island, USA, at 1650 PDT without further event. The flames were brief and self-extinguished. There was no injury or further damage. NTSB and FAA were alerted and investigated. Company maintenance found that a hole grommet protecting two wires (C5802A14 and C5800A14) had deteriorated allowing the wires to arc against the AFCS CB panel box. They removed and replaced the box, wires, and grommet. The helicopter returned to service.

November 17, 2010

Accident at near Payson, UT

UPDATE Supplemental information received from the TSB [A10F0175]: The Diamond DA20 N978CT, operated by the Utah Valley University, was on a training flight with an instructor and student on board. The aircraft was observed descending in a spin and impacted the ground in an urban area. The aircraft was substantially damaged and both occupants were fatally injured. The NTSB is investigating.
The Utah Valley University Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. DA-20-C1 aircraft (N978CT) was on a [type of flight rules flight not reported] dual instruction training flight from Provo, UT (U.S.A.). (aerodrome identifier not reported]. The National Transportation Safety Board (N.T.S.B.) reported that the aircraft was observed descending in a spin/spiral until it impacted terrain (40º02.247'N 111º44.383'W) in a residential area (Payson, UT). Two (2) S.O.B. (1 - certified flight instructor; 1 - student) -- both fatally injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged. Weather (1847) was reported as wind calm, visibility 15SM, scattered cloud at 16,000 feet, temperature 7º, dew point -3º, altimeter setting 30.33" Hg.

October 29, 2010

Incident at Fort Lauderdale, FL (Aerodrome - other)

TSB reported that a lavatory serving truck impacted the aft side of WestJet Boeing 737-700, C-FWAQ parked at Fort Lauderdale. The aircraft sustained torn skin and damaged structure. The incident took place during the last few passengers disembarking the aircraft at the gate. The NTSB is not investigating.

June 10, 2009

Accident at Santa Fe Baldy Mtn, 20NM NE Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Agusta A109E, registered N606SP, operated by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (State Police), with two crew on board, was into a rescue operation approximately 20NM north-east of Santa Fe, NM. Preliminary information indicated that after rescuing a hiker, the pilot reported to the dispatch that they had hit the mountain. That was their last communication. The following day whith the "ELT" emitting the search was able to locate a survivor and later the helicopter with the two deceised persons. NTSB is investigating the occurence. The TSB is granted accredited representation on.

April 27, 2009

Accident at 3NM à l'ouest de Hamilton, NY (KVGC)

C-IOFL, un appareil Ultraléger de type évolué Explorer Ecoflyer de Explorer Aéronautique, effectuait un vol selon les règles de vol à vue (VFR) depuis Syracuse, NY à destination de Trois-Rivières (CYRQ). Le centre d'opérations de contingence de l'aviation civile (CACO) a informé le centre de recherche et sauvetage de Trenton (RCC TR) que l'appareil a été porté disparu. Le pilote n'a pas déposé de plan de vol et avait quitté Syracuse dans la soirée du 27 avril 2009. Le centre de recherche et sauvetage a débuté les recherches à 1030Z. L'appareil a été retrouvé écrasé près de Syracuse à Madison Conty et le pilote seul à bord est décédé. Une enquête du National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sera effectuée.**** ** **** C-IOFL, an Explorer Aéronautique Explorer Ecoflyer advanced ultralight aircraft, was conducting a visual flight rules (VFR) flight from Syracuse, N.Y., to Trois-Rivières (CYRQ). The Civil Aviation Contingency Operations (CACO) informed the Trenton rescue coordination centre (TR RCC) that the aircraft had been reported missing. The pilot did not file a flight plan and had left Syracuse in the evening of April 27, 2009. The RCC initiated the search at 1030Z. The aircraft was found crashed near Syracuse, in Madison County. The pilot, alone on board, had died. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate.
Mise à jour #3 : Le numéro et la classe d'enquête du BST ont été ajoutés. Précision du lieu de l'accident. Selon le rapport du BST #A09F0074: Un ultraléger de type évolué Explorer Ecoflyer de propriété privée s'est écrasé dans des circonstances inconnues. Le pilote, seul occupant, a subi des blessures mortelles. L'enquête du National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) est en cours. Update #3: The TSB occurrence number and class of investigation were added. Precision of the occurrence location. According to the TSB #A09F0074: A privately owned Explorer Ecoflyer Advanced Ultralight crashed under unknown circumstances. The sole occupant sustained fatal injuries. The NTSB is investigation is ongoing.
Mise à jour #1: Selon les informations obtenues de Nav Canada, la conjointe du pilote a communiqué avec le centre d'information de vol (FIC) de Québec CYQB) à 0928Z, afin de signaler que l'appareil n'était pas arrivé à Trois-Rivièrs (CYRQ) comme prévu. Le pilote effectuait le vol sur un itinéraire de vol selon les règles de vol à vue (VFR) et sa conjointe était la personne responsable. L'information a été transmise au centre de recherche et sauvetage de Trenton (RCC TR) et les recherches ont été entreprises. À 2015Z, l'appareil a été localisé par l'unité américaine.**** ** **** Update #1: According to information from NAV CANADA, the pilot?s spouse contacted the Québec (CYQB) flight information centre (FIC) at 0928Z to report that the aircraft had not arrived at Trois-Rivièrs (CYRQ) as expected. The pilot was conducting the flight on a visual flight rules (VFR) flight itinerary, and his spouse was the responsible person. The information was sent to the Trenton rescue coordination centre (TR RCC) and a search was initiated. At 2015Z, the aircraft was found by an American unit.
Update #4: The date of the incident was changed from 2009/04/28 to 2009/04/27. The time of the incident was changed from 1030Z to 2045Z. The location of the incident was changed. The "Airframe failure" category was added. According to the NTSB final report # ERA09FA273, the left wing probably separated in flight, causing the airplane to crash.
Update #2: The occurrence location was changed to Hatch Lake, Madison near Syracuse, NY.

September 21, 2009

Accident at KRTS Reno Stead Airport, USA

From TSB A09F0133: While flying during the Reno Air Races, an amateur built Cassutt 3M had an engine power loss and made a forced landing short of the runway. There were no injuries; there was substantial damage to the fuselage. The NTSB is investigating.

December 4, 2009

Accident at 4 NM south of Carmi, U.S.A.

From TSB Daily Notification Log 09-12-2009 Occurrence Summary A09F0173: The privately owned Cessna 182Q aircraft, was enroute when the engine (Teledyne Continental O-470-U) began to lose power. The pilot made a forced landing in a field and the aircraft flipped over. The aircraft was substantially damaged but there were no injuries to the pilot and passenger. TSB was notified by the NTSB Chicago, Illinois office. A TSB Accredited Representative was assigned to this occurrence.

March 17, 2009

Incident at Casper, WY (KCPR) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that the aircraft was attempting a takeoff in Casper, Wyoming when tower alerted the crew that they saw a puff of smoke, so the crew immediately aborted the takeoff roll. They then taxied back to the threshold and carried out power runs to the engine. They found that all engine parameters were normal and then decided to carry on with their flight. They made a second takeoff attempt and upon reaching over 100 knots, the aircraft started to pull to the right. Again they applied the brakes and proceeded to abort the takeoff roll. When they came to a stop, they shut the engines and opened the cabin door. They initially noticed smoke and shortly thereafter, fire emerged from the L/H gear area. They immediately called the fire department which responded within 3 minutes of being called and put out the fire. The aircraft and incident is currently under review with the NTSB, including analyzing the CVR in Washington. The aircraft sustained substantial damage and is not in service.
A Lear 55 with 2 crew and 2 passengers and operated by Sunwest Aviation, was taking off from Runway 03 at Casper, WY when the crew rejected the takeoff due to blown tires. A fire started in the gear assembly and emergency vehicles responded and put out the fire. The occupants evacuated the aircraft on a taxiway and were not injured. The runway was closed for a period of time to clean up tire debris. TSB reported that the initial takeoff of the Sunwest Learjet 55, C-GCIL, was rejected at Casper, Wyoming and the aircraft taxied back for a second attempt to depart. The second takeoff was also rejected and the aircraft stopped on the runway using thrust reverser and brakes. After the aircraft came to a stop it was discovered that all 4 tires had burst and the LH tires were on fire. The aircraft was evacuated and ARFF extinguished the fire. There was minor damage to the aircraft and the 2 crew and 2 passengers were uninjured. TSB is awaiting further information.

December 21, 2008

Accident at Great Falls, MT

The pilot of the private Red Deer based Cessna 180 lost directional control during landing at the Great Falls airport in Montana, USA. The aircraft ground-looped, damaging the left wing and spar. The pilot was not injured. (REF: NTSB WPR09CA063)

July 23, 2008

Incident at Denver International (KDEN)

From TSB Daily Notification Log 05-08-2008 Occurrence Summary A08F0118: The Air Canada Airbus A319-114 aircraft (Flight 1042) was on the take-off run when the starboard inboard tire failed. Subsequently the flight crew received a flap locked message. The flight crew decided to return to the airport and declared an emergency. When the landing gear was extended the flight crew received a landing gear disagree ECAM message. A go-around was performed and maintenance was contacted to assist in determining the consequences of the landing gear disagree message. It was determined that one of the landing gear sensors was at fault but that the second gear indication sensor was showing the gear down and locked. On the second approach the aircraft performed an uneventful landing with ARFF standing by. During the landing roll there was severe vibration from the failed tire. Maintenance found skin damage to the right inboard flap and after checking the SRM it was determined that the aircraft could continue service but repairs had to be performed within 200 flight hours. Air Canada contacted the FAA and NTSB to report the event but neither agency was going to investigate. Air Canada removed the tire and will send it to the manufacturer to determine cause of failure.

March 16, 2008

Accident at vicinity of Marion, WV

UPDATE from National Transportation Safety Board NTSB Identification: NYC08FA139 Accident occurred Sunday, March 16, 2008 in Atkins, VA, Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/19/2009 After receiving a weather briefing that indicated a probability of en route icing conditions, the pilot, who was not instrument rated, filed an instrument flight rules flight plan through those conditions. The airplane was not approved for known icing conditions. While en route, the pilot advised air traffic control that the airplane had encountered icing, and requested a lower altitude. The controller approved a descent to the lowest altitude permitted by terrain clearance requirements. After contacting the next en route controller, the pilot again noted icing, and again requested a lower altitude; however, the controller could not approve a further descent due to the same terrain clearance requirements, but authorized a turn. Subsequently, based upon information from another pilot, the controller advised the pilot that he could climb to try to exit the top of the clouds, which the pilot accepted. The airplane began a climb, but the pilot then radioed, "we're going down." When requested by the controller, the pilot confirmed that the airplane was again accumulating ice. Postcrash examination of the airplane revealed no mechanical anomalies, and its trajectory through the trees was consistent with a stall/spin. The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows: The pilot's improper decision to takeoff in conditions conducive to icing, and his inability to maintain control of the airplane during an in-flight accumulation of structural ice. Full narrative available http://www.ntsb.gov/NTSB/brief2.asp?ev_id=20080321X00348&ntsbno=NYC08FA139&akey=1
Initial information received from T.S.B. Initial Notification [#A08F0050]: The privately-operated Aeries Technologies Inc. Mooney M-20C aircraft was en-route from Charleston (Yeager) Airport, WV (U.S.A.) (KCRW) to Jacksonville (Craig Municipal) Airport, FL (U.S.A.) (KCRG) with two (2) persons on board when severe icing was encountered. The aircraft crashed in mountainous terrain. The pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged. N.T.S.B. staff are investigating.

March 15, 2008

Accident at vicinity of Lake Panasoffkee (near Wildwood), FL

Initial information received from T.S.B. Initial Notification [#A08F0049]: The privately-registered Cessna 182B Skylane aircraft, with two (2) persons on board, was en-route from Lake Wales Municipal Airport, FL (U.S.A.) (X07) to Abingdon (Virginia Highlands) Airport, VA (U.S.A.) (KVJI) when it impacted the ground under unknown circumstances in the vicinity of Wildwood, FL (U.S.A.). The two (2) persons on board sustained fatal injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged. N.T.S.B. staff are investigating.
UPDATE from National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB Identification: MIA08FA080. Accident occurred Sunday, March 16, 2008 in Wildwood, FL. Probable Cause Approval Date: 8/28/2008 The noninstrument rated pilot departed on a visual flight rules cross country flight at night without obtaining a weather briefing. Review of the pilot's logbook revealed he flew 11.3 total night hours in 2007, and that he logged .2 hours of night 5 days prior to the accident. The pilot's last instrument dual instructional flight was on March 6, 1981, and the last simulated instrument flight was on December 1, 2003. The closest weather reporting facility located 7.5 miles from the accident site reported an overcast ceiling of 1,000 feet. At the time of the accident, the moon and sun were more than 11 degrees below the horizon. Review of radar data revealed the flight altitude varied from 800 feet to a high of 2,400 feet. The airplane was observed on radar to turn to the left, and back to the right four different times. The last radar contact with the airplane was 20 statute miles from the accident site. A witness who lived 10 statute miles from the accident site stated he was at his home, and heard an airplane approaching. He looked out the window towards the west, the ceilings were between 800 to 1000 feet, and it was dark with very little ambient light. He observed the airplane flying from the west to the east, and the navigation and landing lights were on. The airplane appeared to be near the base of the clouds, and it passed north of his house, and started a turn to the north, where it disappeared from view. Examination of the crash site revealed the airplane collided with a swamp, and a tree-lined open field in a nose low, right wing down attitude on a heading of 360 degrees magnetic. The wreckage debris line extended 219 feet. Examination of the airframe, flight controls, engine assembly, and accessories, revealed no evidence of a precrash mechanical failure or malfunction. The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows: The noninstrument rated pilot's failure to maintain terrain clearance at night in marginal visual flight conditions. Contributing to the accident was the dark night, and low cloud ceilings. Full Narrative Available http://www.ntsb.gov/NTSB/brief2.asp?ev_id=20080320X00340&ntsbno=MIA08FA080&akey=1

December 21, 2008

Accident at Vicinity Stonewall, CO

A private pressurized Calgary-based Beech Baron with a pilot and one passenger was on an IFR flight from Pueblo, CO to Santa Fe, NM when the aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent and Denver Center lost radar contact. The last radar contact was 37 NM on the 106 radial of the Alamosa VOR. The crew of another aircraft observed a fire on the ground in the Stonewall, CO area where the Baron went down in rugged mountainous terrain. A SAR helicopter from the U.S. Air Force located the wreckage on the side of the 13,723-foot Vermejo Peak, not far from the Colorado - New Mexico border. Both occupants received fatal injuries. NTSB is investigating. This aircraft was involved in an air turnback to Springbank on December 18 due to problems with the airspeed indicator and the altimeter (CADORS 2008C4391 refers).
UPDATE A08F0188: On December 20, 2008, about 1951 mountain standard time, a twin-engine Beech 58P airplane, was destroyed when it impacted terrain following a loss of control near Stonewall, CO. The private pilot and single passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by Mauroil International Inc., of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an IFR flight plan was filed. The cross-country flight originated from the Pueblo, CO with Santa Fe, NM as the intended destination. Reportedly, the airplane was in cruise flight at 18,000 feet mean sea level (MSL) when it began an "uncontrolled" descent toward an area of rising mountainous terrain. The last known radar position placed the airplane at 12,800 feet MSL and one mile east of Vermejo Peak (13,367 feet MSL). A short time later a ground fire was reported by a passing airplane in the vicinity of the accident airplane's last known coordinates. The wreckage was located on December 21, 2008, at an elevation of approximately 12,000 feet MSL. A helicopter crew was able to approach the accident site and confirm that both occupants had sustained fatal injuries. The NTSB investigation is ongoing and recovery efforts will resume when weather conditions allow.

April 6, 2008

Incident at Nashville, TN

A private Canadian registered Beech Bonanza was landing at Cornelia Fort Airpark in Nashville, TN when the pilot lost control of the aircraft and exited the left side of the runway into the grass. The nose gear collapsed, but there were no injuries. The NTSB was advised and the pilot will get the aircraft repaired in the U.S.

December 7, 2007

Accident at Battle Mountain, Nevada (KBAM)

A Piaggio P-180 Avanti operated by Execaire was on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight from Reno, Nevada (KRNO) to Battle Mountain, Nevada (KBAM) with two pilots and three passengers on board. Upon landing, when the nose wheel touched the ground, the pilot lost control of the aircraft, which skidded 270 degrees to the left, ending its run off of the runway. None of the occupants was injured. The landing gear was torn off. The right wing and right engine were substantially damaged. *** *** *** Un Piaggio P-180 Avanti exploité par Execaire, effectuait un vol selon les règles de vol aux instruments (IFR) depuis Reno, Nevada (KRNO) à destination de Battle Mountain, Nevada (KBAM), avec à son bord deux pilotes et trois passagers. Lors de l'atterrissage, lorsque la roue de nez a touché le sol, le pilote a perdu le contrôle de l'appareil qui a effectué un dérapage de 270 degrés vers la gauche, terminant sa course hors piste. Aucun des occupants n'a été blessé. Le train d'atterrissage a été arraché. L'aile droite et le moteur droit ont été lourdement endommagés.
Update #2: The category "Roll-over" was removed. According to NTSB report #LAX08CA036: During the landing roll, the flight crew engaged the nose wheel steering just below 60 knots indicated airspeed, and the airplane made an abrupt left turn. The crew attempted to correct the turn, but were unsuccessful. The airplane completed a 180-degree turn, and slid backwards down the runway before it departed the left side of the pavement. The right main landing gear collapsed after sinking in soft mud. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, right aileron, and the fuselage. Examination of the nose gear steering system, hydraulics, brakes, and rudder system by an FAA airworthiness inspector, and a representative from the airplane's manufacturer, found no mechanical anomalies.
Update #1: The TSB occurrence number and class of investigation were added. Event category ?Roll over? added. According to TSB report #A07F0202: The Piaggio Avanti P-180 operated by Exécair was landing at the Battle Mountain airport in Nevada when the crew lost directional control of the aircraft, which swivelled 270 degrees before coming to a stop on the side of the runway. The aircraft sustained damage to the fuselage, the right wind and the right propeller. No one was injured. The NTSB was informed. Further information will follow shortly. *** *** *** Mise à jour #1: Le numéro et la classe d'enquête du BST ont été ajoutés. La catégorie "Basculement latéral" a été ajoutées. Selon le rapport du BST #A07F0202: L'avion Piaggio Avanti P-180, opéré par Exécair effectuait un atterrissage à l'aéroport Battle Mountain dans le Nevada lorsque l'équipage a perdu le contrôle directionnel de l'appareil qui a pivoté de 270 degrés avant de s'immobiliser sur le coté de la piste. L'appareil a subi des dommages au fuselage, à l'aile droite et à hélice droite. Personne n'a été blessé.Le NTSB a été informé d'autres informations suivront sous peu.

October 5, 2007

Accident at 55NM au nord-est de Matagami (502988N/764721W)

Mise à jour #2: Selon le rapport du BST #A07Q0198: Le démontage du moteur a Turbomeca USA, en présence du représentant du National Transportation Safety Board des États-Unis (NTSB), a révélé qu'une rupture du roulement no 1 au module 2 ( Gas generator thust bearing) avait été à l'origine de l'illumination du détecteur de particules. La détérioration du roulement a permis le déplacement avant du compresseur centrifuge produisant un frottement contre l'enveloppe du compresseur. Il en a résulté une résistance excessive qui a conduit à la réduction de la vitesse de rotation du compresseur et de la puissance produite par le moteur. Le roulement a été acheminé au laboratoire du manufacturier du moteur,Turbomeca, en France pour examen. Ceux-ci ont été faits en présence d'un représentant du Bureau d'Enquête et d'Analyse française (BEA). Le rapport de Turbomeca cite que la cause probable de la détérioration du roulement est l'écaillement microscopique des billes de l'anneau extérieur/surface de roulement. L'examen métallurgique de tous les éléments du roulement n'a pas exposé d'anomalie. Le peu d'heures d'opération indique un phénomène de pollution solide ou une déviation de qualité. Cependant, à cause du stage avancé de détérioration de tous les éléments du roulement, l'origine du dommage n'a pu être déterminée avec certitude.Afin de vérifier toute déviation à la qualité de ces roulements, un deuxième roulement appartenant au même lot de fabrication a été identifié et examiné en laboratoire. Au moment de l'examen, ce roulement totalisait 14.8 heures d'opération. Le compte rendu d'expertise de Turbomeca cite que des rayures ont été constatées sur certaines billes. Celles-ci se seraient causées par le fonctionnement sous l'action de très fines particules métalliques. Cependant comme l'examen métallurgique des éléments ne montre rien d'anormal, rien n'indique qu'il y ait eu des anomalies induites lors de la fabrication de ce lot de roulements. Le compte rendu d'expertise a été revu par le personnel du laboratoire du BST et a donné lieu au rapport LP049/2009. Le rapport conclut que les travaux effectués et les méthodes employées pour l'expertise sont en accord avec une bonne pratique de l'analyse des défaillances.
A privately-owned Eurocopter Colibri helicopter was conducting a visual flight rules (VFR) flight from an unknown departure point to an unknown destination. When it was at 502988N/764721W, the pilot declared an emergency following an engine failure and the aircraft landed in a field. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) was notified. *** ** *** Un hélicoptère Eurocopter Colibri de propriété privée, effectuait un vol selon les règles de vol à vue (VFR) entre un point de départ et une destination inconnue. À la position 502988N/764721W, le pilote a déclaré une urgence suite à une panne moteur et l'aéronef s'est posé dans un champ. Le Bureau de la sécurité du transport (BST) a été avisé.
Update #1: The TSB occurrence number and class of investigation were added. The type of event was changed to ?accident.? The event name was changed. According to the TSB report A07Q0198: The aircraft, an EC120B manufactured by Eurocopter, was in cruising flight when the engine (a Turbomeca Arius 2) chip detector light turned on. Since the aircraft was only two minutes away from its destination, the pilot continued the flight. A few seconds later, the low engine oil pressure light turned on, followed by the low main rotor rpm warning horn. The pilot conducted an autorotation toward an old logging road. During the flare, the vertical stabilizer under the enclosed tail rotor broke. The aircraft occupants were not injured. The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) did not go off. The pilot was able to reach the Trenton search and rescue unit via satellite telephone. The Griffon helicopter sent for the rescue was delayed because of refuelling delays at Matagami and only picked up the occupants five and a half hours later. The chip detector light had turned on three weeks prior to this incident. Believing that it was some particles (FUZZ), and following the manufacturer?s instructions, the pilot cleaned the detector and returned the aircraft to service. Approximately six flight hours after the first indication, the light turned on again. The pilot conducted a precautionary landing and continued the flight after confirming that it was still the particles. The light turned on again, leading to an emergency landing. After that landing, approximately a quarter-inch of iron and chrome filings had stuck to the magnetic detector. The aircraft had a total of 144 flight hours since it had been put in service. *** ** *** Mise à jour #1: Le numéro et la classe d'enquête du BST ont été ajoutés. Modification du type d'événement pour "Accident" Modification des catégories d'événements. Selon le rapport du BST #A07Q0198: L'appareil un EC120B fabriqué par Eurocopter était en croisière lorsque le voyant de détecteur de limaille du moteur Turbomeca modèle Arius 2 s'est allumé. Comme l'appareil n'était qu'à deux minutes de sa destination, le pilote a continué le vol. Quelques instants plus tard le voyant de basse pression d'huile moteur s'est allumé suivi du klaxon de basse révolution du rotor principal. Le pilote a effectué une autorotation vers une ancienne route de bois. Lors de l'arrondi la dérive verticale sous le fenestron s'est brisée. Les occupants n'ont pas été blessés. La balise d'urgence ne s'est pas déclenchée. Le pilote a pu rejoindre l'unité de recherche et sauvetage à Trenton par téléphone satellite. L'hélicoptère de type Griffon affecté au sauvetage a été retardé par des délais d'approvisionnement en essence à Matagami et a récupéré les occupants que cinq heures et demie plus tard. L'appareil avait eu une indication du détecteur magnétique de limaille trois semaines auparavant. Croyant qu'il s'agissait que de particules (FUZZ) et suite aux instructions du manufacturier, le pilote a nettoyé le détecteur et remis l'appareil en service. Environ six heures de vol après la première indication, le voyant s'est de nouveau allumé. Le pilote a effectué un atterrissage de précaution et continué le vol après avoir confirmé qu'il s'agissait toujours que de particules. Le voyant s'est rallumé amenant à l'atterrissage d'urgence. Suite à cet atterrissage, environ un quart de pouce de limaille de fer et de chrome était aggloméré sur le détecteur magnétique. L'appareil totalise 144 heures de vol depuis sa mise en service.

May 28, 2006

Accident at GOSHEN

Update #1: The event "Roll Over" was added. According to NTSB report #NYC06LA121: About 45 minutes into a cross-country flight, the helicopter experienced a hydraulic system failure. The pilot subsequently elected to perform a precautionary landing in a field. During the landing attempt, the pilot slowed the helicopter and it began to yaw left. The pilot attempted to correct the yaw, but was unable to overcome the "stiffness" of the right anti-torque pedal. The helicopter continued to yaw left, landed "hard," and rolled over. Examination of the helicopter's hydraulic system revealed that the hydraulic pump drive shaft splines and the attaching drive coupling splines were severely worn, to the point that they could no longer drive the hydraulic pump. The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this ACC as follows: Improper maintenance of the hydraulic pump/coupling, which resulted in a failure of the hydraulic flight control system. Factors included the substandard materials of the hydraulic pump drive shaft and coupling, and the pilot's failure to maintain an adequate airspeed during the landing.
L'hélicoptère immatriculé C-GGLM en vol croisière VFR de Fort Lauderdale (USA) à destination de Québec (CYQB) a subi une panne de la pompe du système hydraulique. Le pilote a essayé d'atterrir dans un champ. A, à peu près 30 pieds du sol, le pilote a perdu le contrôle de l'hélicoptère et a fait un atterrissage dur au cours duquel l'hélicoptère a subi des dommages substantiels. Les 2 occupants n'ont pas été blessés. Le NTSB (New York) effectue l'enquête et le Bureau de la sécurité des Transports (BST) a été accrédité comme observateur.

August 18, 2006

Accident at Red Bluff Municipal Airport (KRBL), California

Shortly after the privately-registered Cessna 150 (C-GOBC) took off from Runway 15 at the Red Bluff Airport in California, at about 200 feet above ground level the engine lost power. The pilot attempted to land, however the aircraft landed hard and came to rest inverted. Only the pilot was on board and he was not injured; however the aircraft was substantially damaged. The US NTSB is conducting an investigation and the TSB has accredited representative status i.a.w. ICAO Annex 13.
UPDATE from General Aviation: It is expected that the US NTSB and the TSB will conduct an appropriate investigation. No further action is required at this time.

August 22, 2006

Accident at Nuiqsut, Alaska

UPDATE from the TSB: The Eurocopter AS 350 B2 helicopter was performing sling-load operations from one remote camp to another in the North Slope area of Alaska. The helicopter did not arrive at destination and searchers found the wreckage the next day. The helicopter was partially submerged in a small lake and the pilot was fatally injured. The NTSB (Anchorage) is investigating the accident and the Canada (TSB) has been granted accredited representative status in accordance with ICAO Annex 13.
The Prism Helicopters Eurocopter AS 350 B2 helicopter (C-FYUN) was performing sling-load operations from one remote camp to another in the North Slope area of Alaska. The helicopter did not arrive at its destination, and searchers found the wreckage the next day. The helicopter was partially submerged in a small lake and the pilot was fatally injured. The NTSB (Anchorage) is investigating the accident, and the Canada (TSB) has been granted accredited representative status in accordance with ICAO Annex 13.
UPDATE from System Safety: The NTSB is the lead investigation organization for this occurrence. The TSB has appointed an Accredited Representative and Transport Canada has appointed a Technical Advisor, both from Pacific Region. At the time of the occurrence, the aircraft was operating under Prism Helicopter?s American operating certificate, with an American pilot.