December 2, 2019

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

An Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-102 (C-FDLG/AIE821) on a flight from Kuujjuaq (CYVP), QC, to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) declared an emergency due to a nose wheel indication, and returned from CYKL. The aircraft landed Runway 25 at 2313Z. Runway 07/25 was closed from 2313Z until 2326Z for runway inspection.
Aviation incident report #16465: Kuujjuaq airport emergency response plan was activated by Kuujjuaq flight service station (FSS) when notified by Montreal centre that an Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-102 (C-FDLG/AIE821) declared a PAN PAN PAN on approach into Schefferville, QC (CYKL). There was a nose gear indicator and they were returning back to Kuujjuaq. The Kuujjuaq emergency coordination centre (ECC) was opened with NAV Canada FSS, Fire Department, Ambulances, Health Centre, Air Inuit representatives, KRPF and the Kativik Regional Government Transportation Department responding. The aircraft landed safely and was towed off the runway; no injuries reported. Debriefing session was held on December 3rd, 2019.

October 18, 2019

Incident at KUUJJUAQ QC (CYVP)

An Air Inuit Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-314 (C-FYAI/AIE821) from Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) that was going onto Runway 07 for its departure notified the flight service specialist (FSS) that it was returning to the terminal to perform checks. Air traffic control (ATC) was notified and the IFR clearance was cancelled. No impact on operations.

September 26, 2019

Incident at KUUJJUAQ QC (CYVP)

An Air Inuit Ltd. de Havilland DHC-6-300 (C-GNDO/AIE653T) from Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) to Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) reported that it had been targeted by a green-coloured laser above the village of Kuujjuaq several times while it was overshooting Runway 07, on final for Runway 31 and on final for Runway 25. An Air Inuit Ltd. Beech B300 (C-GRJZ/AIE591) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) reported that it had been targeted by a laser on final for Runway 25, between 2349Z and 0017Z below (BLO) A015. The attacks seemed intentional. No known impact on operations.

August 22, 2019

Incident at SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV)

A Chrono Aviation Beech 1900D (C-GXCA/NDL191) from Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) taxied on Taxiway C from the QCM hangar up to Runway 09 without contacting the flight service station (FSS). No impact.

August 16, 2019

Incident at SCHEFFERVILLE QC (CYKL)

A communications search was launched for a British-registered Vickers-Armstrong Spitfire MK IX (GIRTY) on a flight from Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) with an estimated time of arrival (ETA) of 1602Z.

Incident at SCHEFFERVILLE QC (CYKL)

A communication search was launched for a Danish-registered Pilatus PC-12/47E (OYTHP) on a flight from Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) with an estimated time of arrival (ETA) of 1620Z.

August 15, 2019

Incident at SCHEFFERVILLE QC (CYKL)

Information request (INREQ) phase was initiated for a privately registered Mooney M20M from Kingston, ON (CYGK) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL). The aircraft landed at 2056Z. Information received at 2108Z.

August 12, 2019

Incident at SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV)

A Chrono Aviation Pilatus PC-12/45 (C-FCVD/NDL543) from Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) left from AVJET and taxied on Taxiway C without establishing contact with the flight service station (FSS).

July 14, 2019

Incident at 5502N / 06822W

An American Airlines Boeing 777-222 (N768AA/AAL71) from Frankfurt, Germany (EDDF) to Dallas, TX (KDFW) declared a medical emergency due to the illness of a crew member and changed its destination from KDFW to Montreal/Trudeau, QC (CYUL). The aircraft landed without incident at 1626Z. No impact on operations.
TSB Update #A19Q0114: N768AA, an American Airlines Boeing 777-200, was on instrument flight rules (IFR) flight AAL71 from Frankfurt/Rhein-Main, Germany (EDDF) to Dallas-Fort Worth Intl, TX (KDFW) with 13 crew members and 271 passengers on board. While the aircraft was approximately 185 miles northeast of Schefferville, QC (CYKL), a member of the cabin crew had a medical problem and was not able to continue working. The crew declared a medical emergency and requested to divert to Montreal/Pierre Elliot Trudeau Intl, QC (CYUL), where the aircraft landed without any problems.

June 23, 2019

Incident at SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV)

An Air Inuit Beech A100 (C-FAIO/AIE529) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) conducted a missed approach for Runway 31.
UPDATE: AOR-251027-V2: No operational impact.

June 7, 2019

Incident at QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB)

A Kudlik Aviation Pilatus PC-12/47 (C-GODE/KUK707) from Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) left apron 3 and taxied on Charlie without clearance to taxi on the ground. No impact on operations.

May 13, 2019

Incident at CHARLEVOIX QC NDB (ML)

A Chrono Aviation Beech 1900D (NDL191) from Quebec, QC (CYQB) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) did not follow the filed flight plan route. The aircraft followed ML ARAME rather than ML J555 YBC J561 YWK. No impact on operations.

April 23, 2019

Incident at 4802N / 06942W (Flight plan – information)

A Chrono Aviation Beech 1900D (C-GXCA/NDL191) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Quebec, QC (CYQB) was seen 10 NM from the route expected by air traffic services (ATS). NDL191 confirmed that it had received route YBC-SIMTO-SIMTO4, even though the route in the Canadian Automated Air Traffic System (CAATS) was YBC-MIVAX-SIMTO-SIMTO4. ATS had forgotten to update the route in CAATS when the clearance was given. No impact on operations.

March 7, 2019

Incident at SCHEFFERVILLE QC (CYKL)

A Héli-Boréal Aérospatiale AS-350 B-2 (C-GMHC), which was following a VFR flight plan, went into information request (INREQ) stage at 2300Z. The aircraft was located at 2319Z in Schefferville, QC (CYKL). The flight plan was closed by the aircrafts corporate owner.

February 25, 2019

Incident at SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV) (Incursion - manoeuvring area, Communication error)

At the Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) aerodrome, a vehicle (TK86+1) went onto Taxiway D, while an Air Inuit Beech A100 (C-FAIP/AIE532) from Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) taxied on Taxiway C towards Taxiway D. The flight service station (FSS) asked the vehicle twice to head to Runway 13/31, with no response. A third call was made to the vehicle, which finally called back and turned around on Taxiway D towards Runway 13/31. There was no delay for the aircraft.

March 23, 2019

Incident at SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV) (Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition)

A Pascan Pilatus PC-12/45 (C-GAWP) from Sept-Iles, QC (CYZV) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) aborted its takeoff because the runway was too slippery and returned to the fixed base operator (FBO).

February 7, 2019

Incident at QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB)

An Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-314 (C-FEAI/AIE833) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) was hit by a vehicle at its gate. No assistance requested.

Incident at ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE QC (CYGR) (ATM - operations)

Opening of the station at 0723Z for the arrival of a Government of Quebec Canadair CL600 2B16 (604)(QUE20) on a MEDEVAC flight from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Îles-de-la-Madeleine, QC (CYGR) at 0859Z. The aircraft took off at 0952Z.

October 23, 2019

Incident at 25NM S WABUSH NL (CYWK)

A de Havilland DHC-8-314 (C-FYAI/AIE850) from Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) received a traffic alert and collision avoidance system resolution advisory (TCAS RA) concerning a Provincial Airlines de Havilland DHC-8-311 (C-GVPA/PVL1901) from Wabush, NL (CYWL) to Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV). Traffic information was exchanged. No impact on operations.

August 13, 2019

Incident at 30NM N WABUSH NL (CYWK)

En route to Wabush, NL (CYWK), an Air Inuit Beech B300 (C-GRJZ/AIE533) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Wabush, NL (CYWK) reported a cracked windshield. No emergency was declared. The aircraft aircraft landed without incident at CYWK at 1538Z. No impact on operations.

May 31, 2019

Incident at 105NM WABUSH NL (CYWK)

An Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-314 (C-FIAI/AIE820) from Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) reported a pressurization problem at FL250 and asked to descend to 13 000 ft. No impact on operations.

March 26, 2019

Incident at DEER LAKE NL (CYDF)

A Provincial Airlines Beech 1900D (C-GPBG/PVL3054) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Deer Lake, NL (CYDF) conducted a missed approach due to a "No lock nose gear" indication. The air crew resolved the issue and arrived safely. No impact to operations.

November 20, 2018

Incident at LERET intersection

A de Havilland DHC-8-314 (C-GIAB/AIE833) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) did not head towards NOSIL after LERET. No impact on operations.

November 19, 2018

Incident at KUUJJUAQ QC (CYVP)

At 5000 feet and 7 NM south of Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP), a Max Aviation Beech B100 (C-GYPA/MAX190) from Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) notified the flight service station (FSS) that it was going back to Runway 25 and landing due to the presence of smoke in the cockpit. Emergency services notified. The aircraft landed without incident at 2000Z and made it to the apron on its own. No impact on operations.

November 11, 2018

Incident at SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV)

An Air Inuit Ltd. Beech B300 (C-GRJZ/AIE529) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) entered the CYZV control zone and landed at CYZV without establishing communication with the flight service station (FSS).

September 12, 2018

Incident at SCHEFFERVILLE QC (CYKL) (Aerodrome - other)

An Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-314 (C-FYAI/AIE821) from Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) reported that it was going to reject its approach due to a vehicle near the runway. No notification from the air traffic controller (ATC), nor the flight information centre (FIC). No NOTAM issued on the work at the airport. No impact on operations.

August 25, 2018

Incident at SCHEFFERVILLE QC (CYKL) (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

HNTR04 was unreadable on remote communications outlet (RCO) 123.475 in Schefferville, QC (YKL). A check was completed with SKIER, with the same result.

September 2, 2018

Incident at SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV) (FOD (foreign object debris))

An Air Inuit Beech A100 (C-FAIO/AIE529) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) reported having probably experienced a bird strike while landing on Runway 13. Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) was notified. A young seagull was on the runway.

August 19, 2018

Incident at KUUJJUAQ QC (CYVP)

TBS update #A18Q0133: C-FAIO, a Beech A100 operated by Air Inuit Ltd. as AIE529, was conducting a VFR flight from Kuujjuaq (CYVP), QC, to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) with 2 crew members and no passengers on board. During initial take off from Runway 25, at approximately 600 feet, the crew smelled burnt oil and saw smoke in the cockpit. The crew completed the emergency checklist and reported an emergency to the flight service station (FSS) at CYVP. C-FAIO landed on Runway 25 without incident. No injuries.
An Air Inuit Beech A100 (C-FAIO/AIE529) from Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) declared an emergency after its takeoff on Runway 25 due to the presence of smoke in the cockpit. It then joined the left downwind leg on Runway 25. It landed at 1704Z without a problem and taxied to the apron. No impact on operations.

August 9, 2018

Incident at 4647N / 07111W

While on route, an Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-314 (AIE832) headed from Quebec City/Jean-Lesage (CYQB), QC to Schefferville (CYKL), QC reported hydraulic issues and requested to be diverted to Kuujjuaq (CYVP), QC. No emergency was declared. AIE832 landed without incident. No impact on operations.

August 3, 2018

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

A de Havilland DHC-8-402 operated by Porter Airlines Inc. (POE468), from Montreal/Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Intl (CYUL), QC, to Toronto/Billy Bishop(CYTZ), ON, reported seeing debris on Runway 24L upon take-off. Tire debris reported upon inspection; and Runway 24L was closed from 1749Z to 1905Z. At 1840Z, a de Havilland DHC-8-314 operated by Air Inuit Ltd. (AIE855), from Schefferville (CYKL), QC, to Montreal/Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Intl (CYUL), QC, experienced a locked brake upon landing and a tire deflated. Nothing was found upon inspection; and Runway 24R was closed from1840Z to 1849Z.

July 20, 2018

Incident at SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV)

Un Beech A100 exploité par Air Inuit (C-FAIP/AIE531) de Schefferville, QC (CYKL) à Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) et un Bristish Aerospace Jetstream Model 3212 (C-FPSC/PSC824) de Wabush, NL (CYWK) à Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) estiment la piste 13 à CYZV en même temps. AIE531 se déplace pour la piste 09. PSC824 demande s?il devrait rester à l'écart de la piste 09/27 car AIE531 est en final, confirmé par la station d?information de vol (FSS). PSC824 continue sa traversé vers la piste 09/27 et force AIE531 à remettre les gaz. Aucun autre impact à l'exploitation.

July 16, 2018

Incident at SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV)

An Air Inuit Ltd. Beech B300 (C-GRJZ/AIE571) from Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) taxied on Taxiway C without contacting the flight service station (FSS).

July 17, 2018

Incident at 4947N / 06624W

A Provincial Airlines de Havilland DHC-8-102 (C-FDND/PVL3054) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Charlo, NB (CYCL) flew direct ALREB, while it had been cleared for direct CYCL. When questioned, PVL3054 requested to fly direct ALREB. No impact on operations.

June 12, 2018

Incident at 48NM WABUSH NL (CYWK)

A Provincial Airlines de Havilland DHC-8-102 (C-GZPA/PVL3055) from Wabush, NL (CYWK) to Shefferville, QC (CYKL) was observed entering class B restricted airspace at 13000 feet without authorization. No impact on operations.

June 11, 2018

Incident at 33NM QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB)

An Exact Air Inc. Beech 100 (ET824) from Quebec City/Jean Lesage International, QC (CYQB) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL), after take-off, requested to be re-routed to CYQB without specifying the reason. No urgency. ET824 landed on CYQB Runway 06 at 1128Z without issue. No operational impact.

June 16, 2018

Incident at KUUJJUAQ QC (CYVP)

A U.S. Department of Interior Quest Kodiak 100 (N723) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) entered the mandatory frequency (MF) without contacting the CYVP flight service station (FSS). Two other aircraft were in the zone at that time. No action required. No operational impact.

June 7, 2018

Incident at KUUJJUAQ QC (CYVP)

After its takeoff, an Air Inuit Ltd. Beech A100 (C-FAIP/AIE560) from Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) reported to the flight services station (FSS) that it was returning to CYVP for reasons related to maintenance. No emergency was declared. The aircraft landed at 1425Z. No impact on operations.

June 4, 2018

Incident at QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB) (ATM - NAVAIDS/radar)

The radar at Quebec/Jean-Lesage, QC (CYQB) was out of service from 2051Z to 2109Z and from 2336Z to 2349Z. Impact on operations: a delayed arrival of a Sky Jet M.G. aircraft (VSL447) and an Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-301 (AIE821) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Quebec/Jean-Lesage, QC (CYQB) during the first outage. During the second outage: an RCMP Air Services aircraft (SST268), a Pascan Aviation British Aerospace BAE Jetstream 31 (PSC478) from Bonaventure, QC (CYVB) to Quebec/Jean-Lesage, QC (CYQB), a Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-102 (JZA8748) from Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier, ON (CYOW) to Quebec/Jean-Lesage, QC (CYQB), and a Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-400 (JZA8920) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ).

May 27, 2018

Incident at KUUJJUAQ QC (CYVP)

A Canadian Helicopters Limited Aerospatiale AS 350 B-2 (C-FPER) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Kuujjuaq, QC (CYVP) entered CYVP mandatory frequency (MF) without communications until 6NM S 2100 ft. Advisory was given and flight landed without incident. No impact on operations.

April 21, 2018

Incident at 2NM NW SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV)

UPDATE: TSB#A18Q0071: C-GJBQ, a Strait Air Beech A100, was on flight NUK105T for training in the circuit at Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) with just 2 crew members on board. C-FAIP, an Air Inuit Beech A100, was on instrument flight rules flight AIE527 from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to CYZV with 3 passengers and 2 crew members on board. During initial contact on CYZV?s mandatory frequency, AIE527 stated that it was heading north from its position for a contact approach on the left for Runway 09, behind a DHC-8 also on approach for Runway 09. When NUK105T was on the downwind for Runway 09 at 1 200 ft ASL, the crew announced its intention to follow the DHC-8 that was about to land. At that moment, AIE527 was on the extended left base for Runway 09. Attempts to reconcile traffic with the aim of establishing the order of landing did not work. AIE527 climbed to 1 800 ft ASL and saw NUK105T for a few seconds before crossing it on a path that was almost perpendicular, approximately 300 ft below. The 2 aircraft landed without incident, without damage, and without injuries. NAV CANADA is conducting an internal investigation.
A Beech A100 operated by Strait Air (C-GJBQ/NUK105T), from Sept-Îles (CYZV), QC, to Sept-Îles (CYZV), QC, was training on runway 09. The aircraft was performing a circuit on the left, and when it arrived mid-downwind, it received the position of an Air Inuit Beech A100 (C-FAIP/AIE527), from Schefferville (CYKL), QC, to Sept-Îles (CYZV), QC, 10 miles NW inbound runway 09. The two aircraft passed close to each other. The NUK105T pilot telephoned after his flight and confirmed that the two aircraft had passed close to each other.

February 20, 2018

Incident at QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown, Aerodrome - other)

A vehicle that was spraying chemicals experienced a mechanical failure on Taxiway Golf (in the bend) while a Jazz de Havilland DHC8D (JZA) was taxiing on it. This aircraft went through the de-icing area and was also on a departure slot. The aircraft was cleared to taxi the wrong way from the intersection of the 2 runways, but to do this, it was imperative that the terminal extended the circuit of an Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-314 (C-GIAB/AIE833) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) before clearing it for an approach.

Incident at 3NM QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB)

The Quebec terminal asked the tower if a Chrono Aviation Pilatus PC-12/45 (C-GVDG/NDL321) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) could reject its approach to avoid wake turbulence from a Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-GGMQ/JZA8722), from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) to Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB), that was ahead of it. No impact on operations.

February 9, 2018

Incident at QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB) (Incursion - runway - vehicle)

A group of runway sweepers (C94 + 2) had been cleared to work on runway 24 and stay clear of runway 29. The restriction was re-read by the driver. At 1351Z, C94+2 began crossing runway 29 at the intersection of runway 24 while a de Havilland DHC-8-314, operated by Air Inuit (C-FIAI/AIE820), flying from Quebec/Jean-Lesage (CYQB), QC, to Schefferville (CYKL), QC, lined up at the threshold of runway 29 but had not yet been cleared for take-off. C94+2 was instructed to leave runway 29. No impact on operations.

February 5, 2018

Incident at 58NM NE SCHEFFERVILLE QC (CYKL)

An automatic dependent surveillance - contract (ADS-C) report indicated that an LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 (SPLRB/LOT45) from Warsaw, Poland (EPWA) to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) followed route MT YXI IMEBA IMEBA3, while the Canadian Automated Air Traffic System (CAATS) displayed MT IMEBA IMEBA3. The flight was cleared again to follow MT YXI IMEBA IMEBA3. No impact on operations.

January 18, 2018

Incident at 111NM SCHEFFERVILLE QC (CYKL)

A Government of Canada Department of National Defence Lockheed C-130 (CFC3801) from Greenwood, NS (CYZX) to Thule Air Base, Greenland (BGTL) declared an emergency due to a possible fuel leak and requested to be diverted to Goose Bay, NL (CYYR). The aircraft landed without incident. No impact on operations.

April 12, 2018

Incident at 5430N / 06643W

An Air Inuit de Havilland DHC-8-301 (AIE832) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) reported that it had received, in uncontrolled airspace, a traffic alert and collision avoidance system resolution advisory (TCAS RA) concerning a Chrono Aviation Pilatus PC-12 (NDL876) from Quebec/Jean Lesage Intl, QC (CYQB) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL). Air traffic information was exchanged. No impact on operations.

September 18, 2018

Incident at DEER LAKE NL (CYDF) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A Provincial Airlines de Havilland DHC-8-311 (C-GPAR / PVL3501) from Deer Lake, NL (CYDF) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) advised of a possible bird strike on departure. Remains recovered after runway inspection. No operational impact.

July 24, 2018

Incident at 13NM Wabush, NL, VOR/DME (YWK)

A Provincial Airlines de Havilland DHC-8-102 (C-FDND/PVL3054) from Schefferville, QC (CYKL) to Charlo, NB (CYCL) was seen 7 NM west of the cleared route. When questioned, the crew said that it was following CYKL-YWK-CYCL instead of the cleared route CYKL-CYCL. No impact on operations.

December 19, 2017

Incident at BAIE-COMEAU QC (CYBC)

A Beech A100 operated by Air Inuit (C-FAIO/AIE553), flying from Quebec City (CYQB), QC, to Baie-Comeau (CYBC), QC, reported an emergency because of smoke in the cockpit at 1910Z. It landed at CYBC at 1930Z on runway 10 without further problems.
UPDATE: TSB#A17Q0193: C-FAIO, an Air Inuit Beech A100 King Air, was on instrument flight rules flight AIE553 from Quebec/Jean Lesage Intl, QC (CYQB) to Schefferville, QC (CYKL) with 2 crew members on board. While the aircraft was halfway towards its destination in cruise flight, sparks were coming from the control column and smoke could be smelled in the cockpit. The crew used oxygen masks, declared an emergency, and initiated a diversion to Baie-Comeau, QC (CYBC) where the aircraft landed without incident, with aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) services on alert. There were no injuries and the aircraft was not damaged.

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