March 31, 2005

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ) (Conflict - potential, ATS operating irregularity)

The Comair Airlines Canadair Regional Jet aircraft (N989CA, operating as COM1900) was departing on a scheduled IFR flight from Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) to Covington-Cincinnati (Northern Kentucky) International Airport, KY (U.S.A.) (KCVG). The Continental Express Airlines Inc. Embraer EMB-145XR aircraft (N14158, operating as BTA3417) was departing on a scheduled IFR flight from Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) to Cleveland International Airport, OH (U.S.A.) (KCLE). The Air France Airbus A-340-300 series aircraft (F-GNIG, operating as AFR359) was departing on a scheduled IFR flight from Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) International Airport, France (LFPG). COM1900 departed runway 23 assigned to a heading of 245º as per parallel departure operations; BTA3417 was departed off of runway 23 behind COM1900 with the same heading but was observed to be overtaking COM1900 (COM1900 was climbing very well, out of 4,000 feet but only indicating 200 knots, told to increase to 250 knots by departure) and BTA3417 was drifting slightly south. BTA3417 was stopped at 3,000 feet by the Tower Controller and then turned right to a heading of 260º by the Departure Controller while AFR359 (who had departed runway 24R and was turned early to the left heading 180º by the Departure Controller). No loss of separation occurred.

August 10, 2004

Incident at 25 NM au sud de l'intersection REDOO (Conflict - loss of separation, ATS operating irregularity)

MXA880, a Mexicana Airbus 319, was at FL330 when it was cleared to descend. The aircraft initiated a larger deviation than predicted due to weather conditions, and converged towards AFR359, an Air France Airbus 340, which was in cruise flight at FL310. AFR359 was on the Boston frequency in the Montréal area control centre airspace, near the boarder. The Montréal radar controller coordinated a climb for Air France with Boston, and attempted to have Mexicana deviate to separate. The two aircraft passed within 600 ft and 3 NM.

July 2, 2003

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

TSB - Update - 2003-07-03 - A03A0079: The Airbus 340 operating as AFR359 was en route Toronto to Paris and when approximately 120 NM NE of Sydney declared a PAN due to an electrical problem. The flight diverted to Halifax and landed safely at 0231Z. Maintenance advised that the number two door floor heater thermostat had become unserviceable and was generating an increasing amount of heat. The heater system was deactivated and collared. The aircraft continued to destination under a MEL.
An Air France Airbus A340 (AFR359) en route from Toronto to Charles de Gaulle Declared `PAN' 121 Nautical Miles North East of Sydney NS and requested to divert to Halifax due to an electrical problem. The aircraft landed safely in Halifax at 0231Z. TSB - Case Closed - More to Follow

August 19, 2002

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ) (Other operational incident, Conflict - potential, Conflict - loss of separation, Communication error, ATS operating irregularity)

Supplemental information from T.S.B. Initial Notification (#A02O0269): The Air France Airbus A340 (flight #AFR359) aircraft departed runway 23 at Toronto/LBPIA, Ontario, established communications with the Departure Controller and was issued a heading of 090 degrees. The Air Canada Boeing 767 (flight #ACA145) aircraft departed runway 23 approximately one (1) minute later and quickly accelerated to 250 knots. The ACA145 flight crew did not contact the Departure Controller until the aircraft had passed through 4,300 feet, and was approximately five (5) NM from the airport, at which time the Departure Controller issued an immediate turn to 330 degrees. Radar data analysis indicated that spacing between the aircraft was reduced to 2.3 miles laterally, 500 feet vertically in airspace which requires 3 NM lateral or 1,000 feet vertical. NavCanada is conducting an Operations Safety Investigation.
The Air France aircraft (operating as AFR359) was departing on an IFR flight from Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, France (LFPG). The Air Canada aircraft (operating as ACA145) was departing on an IFR flight from Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) to Vancouver International Airport (CYVR). AFR359 departed runway 23 at 2355Z, established communications with the Departure Controller and was issued a heading of 090 degrees. ACA145 departed runway 23 approximately one (1) minute later and quickly accelerated to 250 kts. ACA145 did not contact the Departure Controller until the aircraft had passed 4,300 feet, and was approximately five (5) miles from the airport, at which time the Departure Controller issued an immediate turn to 330 degrees. Radar data indicated that spacing between the aircraft had reduced to 2.3 miles laterally, 500 feet vertically with ACA145 above AFR359, and ACA145 indicated a ground speed of 260 knots while AFR359 indicated 200 knots.

December 19, 2000

Incident at vicinity of Toronto

UPDATE Follow-up information received from Maintenance & Manufacturing [2000/12/21]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) spoke with an Air France Maintenance person about this occurrence. The CASI was advised that during take-off, the flight crew received a Reverser Unlock Light on the #4 engine. The flight crew dumped fuel and returned back to Toronto (LBPIA). Maintenance staff de-activated and locked out the thrust reverser system and dispatched the aircraft under MEL 78-30-00.
The Air France Airbus A-340 aircraft (F-GLZL, operating as AFR359) was on an IFR flight from Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) International Airport (France) (LFPG). The flight crew reported that the aircraft had an engine fail and dumped fuel over Lake Ontario before returning to land uneventfully at Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) at 0130Z. Ops. impact -- unknown. The Air France Toronto Operations Supervisor advised that the #4 engine thrust reverser had opened and that 25,000 Kg of fuel was dumped. No emergency was declared for the landing and local maintenance staff repaired the problem before the aircraft departed without further incident.

August 28, 1997

Incident at 10 miles south of LBPIA

AFR359: B747 N535WM: MU-2 AFR359 departed LBPIA from runway 24R, bound for Paris. N535WM departed Oshawa, bound for Port Huron, Michigan. AFR359 was climbing to 7000 feet, eastbound, when it conflicted with N535WM, who was level at 6000 feet, westbound. They came within 500 feet, and 1 mile of each other, when 1000 feet vertical or three miles horizontally is required. Both flight crews had each other in sight. See TSB file # A97O0181.