August 19, 2022

Incident at In the vicinity of: Saint-Stanislas (Weather balloon, meteor, rocket, CIRVIS/UFO)

A series of 17 orange circular objects at an altitude of approximately 6,000 to 10,000 ft were observed at the height of Lac Saint-François, near Saint-Stanislas. Size of a jet. Equidistant. Easterly direction. Silent. The Quebec Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unit in Montréal (ZUL) was notified.

July 11, 2022

Incident at ROUYN-NORANDA QC (CYUY)

Emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal in excess of five seconds heard outside of reporting hours. Quebec RCMP and air traffic service (ATS) unit notified. No impact on operations.

June 10, 2022

Incident at Kelowna

Aviation Incident Report #17709: Passengers and Flight Attendants on a WestJet Encore Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-402 (WEN3255) from Edmonton, AB (CYEG) to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) reported that a passenger appeared intoxicated. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were requested to meet the aircraft. RCMP met the aircraft upon arrival in CYWL and evaluated the passenger before clearing them.

November 3, 2022

Incident at Kelowna

A Beech 76 on final for Runway 34 at Kelowna, BC (CYLW) reported multiple laser strikes. Reported to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

October 25, 2022

Incident at 4903N / 12252W

A Skylink Express Inc. Beech 1900C (SLQ7824) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) reported a blue laser strike while flying at 14000 ft. The Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unit was advised.

August 26, 2022

Incident at In the vicinity of: NANAIMO AIRPORT (CYCD)

Aviation Incident Report #17865: An intoxicated passenger boarded an aircraft (flight 3026) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Nanaimo, BC (CYCD) and, during the flight, became unruly towards the Flight Attendants. Upon landing in CYCD, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) escorted the passenger from the aircraft.

September 12, 2022

Incident at Kelowna

Aviation Incident Report #17891: The pilot of a WestJet aircraft (WJA3326) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) contacted Calgary Operations advising of a passenger vaping in their seat for the entire flight. Calgary Operations advised CYLW staff and requested authorities meet the aircraft. CYLW Airport Authority advised. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) met the aircraft and arrested the passenger.

October 10, 2022

Incident at 4NM VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

A Westjet Encore Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-402 (WEN3203) from Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) advised that they were targeted by a green laser near Kits Beach at 7000 feet. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) notified.

March 17, 2022

Incident at In the vicinity of: VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

Aviation Incident Report: An RCMP Air Services Branch Helicopter (AIR1) was conducting an urban patrol in the area of King George Blvd. and 108 Ave. in Surrey, BC, when they received multiple green laser strikes from the vicinity of Brownsville Park and the Patullo Bridge. The illumination entered the cockpit from the right-side window at a 30-degree angle from the aircraft. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) ground members were dispatched via Air1 and directed towards two people walking in the area of Old Yale Road in Surrey. Two people were detained pending further investigation. One green laser was confiscated.

March 31, 2022

Incident at COMOX BC (CYQQ)

Aviation Incident Report #17600: A passenger on a WestJet aircraft (WJA3339) from Edmonton, AB (CYEG) to Comox, BC (CYQQ) was vaping on board the aircraft while en route to CYQQ. An Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) message was sent requesting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) meet the aircraft. RCMP met the aircraft, talked to the passenger, and released them.

March 16, 2022

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

Aviation Incident Report #17574: A passenger on a WestJet aircraft on a flight from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) was mask non-compliant once they boarded the aircraft and challenged WestJets mask policy. The passenger would not exit the aircraft, so the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were called. The passenger eventually exited the aircraft voluntarily and their baggage was removed from the aircraft prior to departure.

February 4, 2022

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

Aviation Incident Report #17512: Approximately 90 minutes prior to arrival, a passenger on a WestJet Boeing 737-8CT (C-FUJR/WJA837) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) advised a cabin crew member they were fleeing from a human traffic situation and believed they were in danger from another passenger on board the aircraft. The passenger requested police be called. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) met the aircraft and assisted the passenger.

September 5, 2022

Incident at 5925N / 12606W

An American, privately registered Stinson 108-3 on a VFR flight plan from Fort Nelson, BC (CYYE) to Watson Lake, YT (CYQH) declared an emergency with an engine failure. The aircraft landed safely on the Alaskan Highway near Liard Hot Springs Lodge. No damage to the aircraft and no injuries. The aircraft safely got off the highway.
UPDATE: Aviation Incident Report: An American, privately registered Stinson 108-3 from Fort Nelson, BC (CYYE) to Watson Lake, YT (CYQH) conducted an emergency landing when the engine began to stop outputting enough power to maintain its altitude. The aircraft began to descend so the pilot found the Alaska Highway and landed successfully on the highway. The pilot taxied the aircraft to the Liard Hot Springs Lodge, where they contacted the high altitude air traffic tower in Edmonton, AB, and they contacted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). There were no injuries and no damage to the aircraft. There was no plan about getting the aircraft out, but they were working with the aircrafts owner to formulate a plan. Photos available.

Incident at Kelowna

A Flair Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 (C-FLUT/FLE551) from Kelowna, BC (CYLW) to Calgary, AB (CYYC), at the gate, requested the presence of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unit in order to deal with a passenger who was boarding the aircraft. Ground control passed instruction to the Fire Hall to make a 911 call.

September 1, 2022

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ)

A Flair Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 (FLE514) from Edmonton, AB (CYEG) to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) reported unruly passengers in flight and requested the presence of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The Aircraft Recue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit responded as well.

August 22, 2022

Incident at PORT HARDY BC (CYZT) (Security acts, Incursion - manoeuvring area, Incursion - runway - pedestrian)

An individual gained unauthorized access to the airside, ran across the apron onto Taxiway B and Runway 11/29, onto the grass adjacent to the 200 mark of Runway 11. An Alkan Air Ltd. Beech 1900D (C-GNAJ/AKN147) from Port Hardy, BC (CYZT) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR), on departure, was delayed by 5 minutes. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unit was advised and attended.

August 19, 2022

Incident at BEVAG intersection

A Government Of Canada, Department Of Transport Beech C90A (TGO998) from Campbell River, BC (CYBL) to Port Hardy, BC (CYZT) reported observing a drone at approximately 1,000ft over Staples Island. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Area Control Centre (ACC) shift manager (SM) were notified.

August 15, 2022

Incident at QUALICUM BEACH BC (CAT4)

A Sealand Flight Ltd. Cesssna 172N (C-FOFL) from Qualicum Beach, BC (CAT4) to Qualicum Beach, BC (CAT4) went into the information request (INREQ) phase at 0530Z. Multiple messages were left for the pilot. The search and rescue (SAR) contact was not answering outside of business hours. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria was notified and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) went to do a ramp check. The JRCC made contact with the pilot and the pilot called to close their flight plan (FP) at 0609Z.

August 9, 2022

Incident at QUALICUM BEACH BC (CAT4)

The Pilot-in-Command (PIC) of an Ascent Helicopters Ltd. McDonnell Douglas MD900 (C-GWXP) on a flight to Qualicum Beach, BC (CAT4) reported a drone flying at 1200 feet above sea level (ASL) while on approach for Runway 29 at CAT4, in the vicinity of Northwest Bay. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Shift Manager were advised.

August 8, 2022

Incident at 4911N / 12359W

A Nanaimo Flying Club Cessna 172I (C-GVBA) from Nanaimo, BC (CYCD) to Nanaimo, BC (CYCD) reported an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) encounter at an altitude 2000 feet, between Westwood Lake and Long lake. The UAV was bright yellow and metallic. Emergency Communications (ECOMM) and local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) notified.

August 13, 2022

Incident at 5012N / 11924W

A WestJet Encore Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-FENU/WEN3330) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) reported a laser strike on approach to Runway 16, over Vernon, BC. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) notified.

July 21, 2022

Incident at PENTICTON BC (CYYF) (Incursion - runway - pedestrian)

At approximately 1725Z, while on final for Runway 34, a BP Aviation Ltd. Cessna 172N (C-GCAW) on a flight to Penticton, BC (CYYF) initiated an overshoot due to an unauthorized pedestrian on the runway. Airport maintenance was notified and the pedestrian was picked up near the main apron and removed from the maneuvering area. The flight service station (FSS) also notified the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

July 17, 2022

Accident at In the vicinity of: LILLOOET BC (CYLI)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) called the Kamloops (YKA) flight information centre (FIC) with information on a floatplane, a Tyax Air Service Ltd. de Havilland DHC-2 MK. I (C-GIYV), who had crashed in the vicinity of Lillooet, BC (CYLI). The FIC had no contact with the aircraft. Information was passed to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria and the Area Control Centre (ACC) shift manager.

July 14, 2022

Incident at POWELL RIVER BC (CYPW)

A privately registered Cessna R182 on a flight from Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) to Powell River, BC (CYPW) reached the information request (INREQ) stage at 1608Z. Search and rescue actions were initiated by the Kamloops (YKA) flight information centre (FIC), the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unit of Powell River. The pilot of the aircraft eventually called the FIC back to close their flight plan at CYPW at 1652Z.

July 13, 2022

Incident at 4909N / 12254W

An Air Canada Boeing 787-9 (ACA123) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) advised that they were targeted by a green laser on final for Runway 26L, at 3700 feet. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were notified. No impact on operations.

Incident at 4909N / 12254W

A United Airlines Boeing 737-700 (UAL1580) from Chicago/OHare, IL (KORD) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) advised that they were targeted by a green laser on final for Runway 26L at 3200 feet. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were notified. No impact on operations.

Incident at 4916N / 12313W

A Carson Air Ltd Beech B350 (CRN711) from Bella Coola, BC (CYBD) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) advised that they were targeted by a green intermittent laser at 7000 feet coming from the Arbutus Ridge area. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) advised. No impact on operations.

June 26, 2022

Incident at PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

At 1918Z, a Mount Royal University Cessna 172S (C-FSTP) from Penticton, BC (CYYF) to Castlegar/West Kootenay, BC (CYCG) reported a remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) in the area of Skaha Marina. There was no approved RPAS flight for this location/time. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Area Control Centre Shift Manager (CSM) advised. No impact to operations.

June 10, 2022

Incident at Kelowna

An unauthorized drone was working 1NM off the end of Runway 16. Multiple commercial aircraft were observed departing under the drone. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and airport security were advised.

May 24, 2022

Incident at PENTICTON BC (CYYF) (Other operational incident)

A kite surfer penetrated the approach for Runway 34 at Penticton, BC (CYYF). Reported to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), who attended. No operational impact.

May 23, 2022

Incident at PENTICTON BC (CYYF) (Weather balloon, meteor, rocket, CIRVIS/UFO)

At 0445Z, unplanned fireworks went off at Wrights Campground, adjacent to approach 34 at Penticton, BC (CYYF). Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) informed. No impact to operations.

March 4, 2022

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

Aviation Incident Report #17563: The Captain of a WestJet Boeing 737-7CT (C-FLWJ/WJA131) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) called WestJet Operation Control Centre mid-flight on the satellite phone regarding an unruly passenger who had been showing erratic behaviour from the time the aircraft was in the de-ice bay. The Captain indicated the passenger was running up and down the aisle causing a disturbance. The Flight Crew managed to de-escalate the passengers behaviours and they were in agreement that the passenger would not pose a safety issue to other passengers on the aircraft. The Captain noted that while in the air, the passengers erratic behaviour became more frequent and the Flight Crew had to move adjacent passengers to other seats in order to ensure their safety. The Captain requested the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) meet the aircraft upon arrival at CYVR and advised WestJet Operations that the passenger may be dealing with possible mental health issues.

February 11, 2022

Incident at Revelstoke, BC

Aviation Incident Report #17535: A Bell 212 aircraft (N212KA) from Revelstoke, BC to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) was struck by a green laser during daylight hours at an altitude of 3200 feet above sea level (ASL). The aircraft was in a climb approximately 2NM south of the CMH Heli Skiing hangar in a southbound heading, west of the Columbia River. The aircraft had three pilots on board. The two non-flying pilots were making reference to an area to be avoided, pointing out an "Avoid House" to the flying pilot when the attack occurred. The non-flying, left-seat pilot received the full intensity of the laser to the face and eyes, the pilot in the aft cabin saw the flash as the laser was lowered. The flying pilot was unaffected by the laser. The laser attack emanated from the "Avoid House" area. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were immediately notified and starting a file and an investigation.

February 16, 2022

Incident at Kelowna

Aviation Incident Report #17533: Operations received an Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) from a WestJet Encore aircraft on a flight to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) requesting authorities meet the aircraft upon arrival in CYLW for a passenger who threw water on a flight attendant. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) met the aircraft and arrested the passenger as they were being belligerent on the aircraft.

April 27, 2022

Incident at Kelowna

At Kelowna, BC (CYLW), a drone was reported 1/4NM off the end of Runway 16 at approximately 800 feet above ground level (AGL). The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Airport Operations unit were notified, as well as the Shift Manager. No operational impact.

April 20, 2022

Incident at PRINCE GEORGE BC (CYXS)

An ambulance was dispatched to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) hangar for a medical emergency, as requested by a Government Of Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cessna 208 (C-GMPR) from Terrace BC, (CYXT) to Prince George, BC (CYXS).

April 6, 2022

Accident at 25NM ESE PORT McNEILL BC (CAT5)

The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal of a Kestrel Helicopters Ltd. Hughes 369D (C-GJLC) was detected at 1453Z. Helicopter was found "down". Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were onsite.
UPDATE TSB Report #A22P0023: C-GJLC, a McDonnell Douglas 369D (Hughes 500D), operated by Kestrel Helicopters Limited, was conducting heli-slinging operations 25 NM ESE of Port McNeil (CAT5), BC with only the pilot on board. After releasing a bundle of cedar shake blocks, the pilot declared a Mayday on the FM radio to his ground crew. The groundcrew arrived at the helicopter shortly thereafter. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The pilot was fatally injured. The ELT activated and the signal information was relayed to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria, BC. A search and rescue helicopter was dispatched to the site and the RCMP responded.

April 7, 2022

Incident at White Rock, BC

A Zulu Airways Cessna 172M (C-FDLH) from Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) to Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) called to close their flight plan (FP) and report a laser strike. The pilot reported a blue laser strike around the White Rock area at the crossing of 154 St and 14th Avenue. The aircraft was flying at 2000ft at approximately 0600Z. The pilot noted that the same laser strike occurred 2 weeks prior. A message was left with the shift manager and the Emergency Communications (ECOMM) unit and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were notified.

March 31, 2022

Incident at PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

The pilot of a BP Aviation Ltd. Beech C23 (C-FQPP) from Penticton, BC (CYYF) to Penticton, BC (CYYF) advised that when downwind for Runway 34 and abeam the threshold, a laser at Skaha Beach was deliberately shone into the cockpit. The aircraft landed safely. No operational impact. Shift Manager and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) advised.

March 7, 2022

Incident at PITT MEADOWS BC (CYPK)

A Canadian Flight Centre Cessna 172R (C-GZPK) from Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) to Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) departed CYPK at 0646Z on a return flight plan (FP) back to CYPK, with an estimated time of arrival (ETA) of 0746Z. After a communications search, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was dispatched to CYPK for a ramp check, where the aircraft was located at 0943Z. The FP was closed.

Incident at 4909N / 12347W (Weather balloon, meteor, rocket, CIRVIS/UFO)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) relayed a report of 12 fast moving objects flying above Gabriola Island. The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) Mission Crew Commander was notified. No operational impact.

February 7, 2022

Incident at NANAIMO AIRPORT

Aviation Incident Report #17520: A passenger on a WestJet Encore Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-GPWE/WEN3109) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Nanaimo, BC (CYCD) was mask non-compliant and they were issued a yellow card. The passenger also appeared intoxicated and was issued a red card and Notice from the Captain. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were requested and met the aircraft upon arrival. The passenger was arrested.

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

Aviation Incident Report #17518: During the pre-boarding process, a passenger on a WestJet Boeing 737-7CT (C-GWCN/WJA688) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Saskatoon/John G. Diefenbaker, SK (CYXE) was involved in an altercation with a cabin crew member and a gate agent. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested the passenger and took statements. No injuries reported.

January 10, 2022

Incident at ABBOTSFORD BC (CYXX)

Aviation Incident Report #17482: A passenger on a WestJet Encore de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-GPWE/WEN3233) on a flight to Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) was vaping in the lavatory, which triggered the fire alarm. The Operations Control Centre was notified and the CYXX Airport Service Agents contacted the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unit, who escorted the passenger off of the aircraft.

February 21, 2022

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

At 1956Z, a Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-402 (JZA8087) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Prince Rupert, BC (CYPR), on departure from Runway 08R, reported sighting a remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) at 1000ft in the vicinity of 1NM southeast of CYVR. The Richmond Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unit was notified. No impact on operations.

January 22, 2022

Incident at CHILLIWACK BC (CYCW)

A Chilliwack Flight Centre Inc. Cessna 172M (C-GIJA) from Chilliwack, BC (CYCW) to Chilliwack, BC (CYCW) reported an intentional green laser strike lasting for one or two seconds. The laser was emanating from near the base of a tower on top of Mount Thom, in the Promontory Heights area. The pilot turned the aircraft away from the laser and left the area. The incident was reported to the Chilliwack (YCW) Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unit.

January 1, 2022

Incident at PRINCE GEORGE BC (CYXS)

A WestJet Encore Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-FWEZ/WEN3297) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Prince George, BC (CYXS), on descent into CYXS, reported that a passenger was refusing to wear their mask. The aircraft requested the presence of police upon its arrival, estimated at 0430Z (20h30 local). The CYXS tower was advised. The aircraft arrived at 0426Z (20h26 local) without further incident. No operational impact.
UPDATE: Aviation Incident Report #17474: A WestJet Encore de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-FWEZ/WEN3297) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Prince George, BC (CYXS), on descent into CYXS, advised Dispatch that they required the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to meet the aircraft due to an unruly passenger who refused to wear their mask and was mouthy with the flight attendants. Upon arrival in CYXS, RCMP escorted the passenger off the aircraft and into the baggage arrival area of the airport.

September 27, 2022

Incident at 22NM TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ)

A Swoop Inc. Boeing 737-8CT (C-FYPB/WSW361) from Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) was instructed to turn left heading 180 reported a traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) resolution advisory (RA). A VFR RCMP Air Services Branch Pilatus PC-12 (SST304) from London, ON (CYXU) to London, ON (CYXU) was in the vicinity. No impact to operations.

March 22, 2022

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

An Air Canada Airbus BD-500-1A11 (C-GUPK/ACA412) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl, ON (CYYZ) to Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl, QC (CYUL) reported a traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) resolution advisory (RA) with VFR traffic 500 above. Traffic was a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Air Services Branch Cessna 208B (C-FRPH/SST377) from London, ON (CYXU) to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl, ON (CYYZ).

November 19, 2022

Incident at 5752N / 11415W

A Summit Air Avro 146 RJ100 (SUT8192) from Yellowknife, NT (CYZF) to Edmonton, AB (CYEG) advised air traffic control (ATC) that they had an unruly passenger on board and requested Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) meet them upon landing. The aircraft landed 0631Z and the passenger was apprehended by RCMP. No impact to operations.

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