September 22, 2016


A Kississing Lake Lodge Beech 200 (C-GFOL) from Fond-du-Lac, SK (CZFD) to Stony Rapids, SK (CYSF) coasted off radar landing on Runway 24. No down or clear call was received. The flight service station (FSS) was unable to contact the aircraft via radio. Staff at the Transwest hanger checked and did not see the aircraft. There was no answer on Airport Manager (APM) line. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were called at 1828Z to due a check. A Transwest Air de Havilland DHC-6 series (C-FSCA) was given a decision altitude (DA) at 1835Z and reported the missing aircraft on the apron. The RCMP were called off.

October 5, 2016

Incident at STONY RAPIDS SK (Water) (CKW5)

A Transwest Air de Havilland DHC-6 series 100 (C-FSCA) inbound from Selwyn Lake to Stony Rapids, SK (Water)(CKW5) with an estimated time of arrival (ETA) of 1802Z did not report down. The Company was contacted at 1807Z and a representative confirmed the safe arrival of the aircraft at 1809Z. No impact on operations.

March 21, 2015

Accident at 50NM east of La Ronge, SK (545736N 1035085W)

Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton reported a 406 emergency locator transmitter (ELT) activation on a privately registered Cessna 180 from Nipawin, SK (CYBU). La Ronge, SK (CYVC) flight service station (FSS) had no contact with the aircraft. At 1907Z, exact coordinates were received from JRCC Trenton. A Transwest Air de Havilland DHC-6 Series 100 (C-FSCA) was in the vicinity and advised diverting to the area to search. At 1944Z, C-FSCA advised via relay through Winnipeg area control centre (ACC) that they were able to land and pick up the 2 persons on board (POB) and were en route to CYVC. No injuries. The extent of damage to the Cessna 180 was not confirmed. JRCC Trenton and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) were advised. No impact to operations.
JRCC Trenton SARSUM Report#[T2015-00289]: (545736N 1035085W - 50NM East of La Ronge, SK). Search and rescue satellite aided tracking (SARSAT) detected an unregistered 406 emergency locator transmitter (ELT) decoded to an aircraft based out of Nipawin, SK. The position was away from airports and population so 435 Squadron Hercules R334 and 417 Squadron Griffon R415 tasked (through AOC). Air traffic in the area was asked to attempt to make contact. A Twin Otter located the plane that had landed on the ice with its 2 occupants appearing to be safe and sound. The aircraft had incurred landing gear damage due to rough ice conditions on the lake. 406 Beacon was activated by the pilot. The Twin Otter landed and evacuated both Persons on Board (POBs) to safety in La Ronge. Hercules and Griffon were released.

February 10, 2015


A West Wind Aviation Beech 1900 (WEW600) from Île-à-la-Crosse, SK (CJF3) to La Ronge, SK (CYVC) landed at 2335Z. A Transwest Air de Havilland DHC-6 Series 100 (C-FSCA) from Southend, SK (CKA9) to La Ronge, SK (CYVC) was on a 2 mile right base for an unpublished ski strip parallel to Runway 36. A Transwest Air Beech 350 Super King Air (TW503) from La Ronge, SK (CYVC) to Prince Albert, SK (CYPA) having received an advisory and traffic began taxing for Taxiway C to await clearance to depart off Runway 18. WEW600 said they would clear at intersection for Runway 11/29 so that TW503 could continue their taxi. As WEW600 was clearing onto Runway 11/29, and while C-FSCA was on short final for the ski strip, flight service station (FSS) advised TW503 of traffic on short final for ski strip and clearance when they were ready. TW503 continued their taxi from Taxiway C onto Runway 18 to begin back track. At 2337Z C-FSCA reported in the go around and advised they would come in for the ski strip parallel to Runway 18, after TW503 had departed. TW503 then received their clearance and departed at 2339Z. C-FSCA landed on the ski strip at 2342Z. Impact on operations: C-FSCA was delayed in landing by 5 minutes.

June 15, 2013

Incident at STONY RAPIDS SK (Water) (CKW5)

A Transwest Air de Havilland DHC 6 Series 100 (C-FSCA) departed from Stony Rapids, SK (CKW5) to Selwyn Lake at 2328Z. At 2336Z, the pilot reported returning to CKW5 due precautionary shut down of right engine. Assistance offered but declined. Aircraft landed safely at 2342Z.
UPDATE: TSB Report#A13C0065: A Transwest Air float-equipped DHC-6-100 (C-FSCA), had taken off from the Stoney Rapids water base when the crew noticed the right engine fire-warning light illuminate during climb. The crew conducted a precautionary shutdown of the right engine (PT6A-20) and returned to the water base and landed safely. The fire indication was traced to a short in the fire indication Cannon plug, caused by oil contamination. The short triggered a false warning alert. The Cannon plug was cleaned and a functional test carried out.

September 5, 2012


UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that on a routine flight from La Ronge to Highrock Lake SK. at about 30 nm north of La Ronge a right engine fire indication light illuminated. The light was dim compared to the indication in test mode. The engine parameters were all confirmed normal and a visual inspection by the co-pilot showed no signs of fire. The decision was made to keep the engine running and return to La Ronge. Maintenance was notified and met the aircraft on the dock. During inspection a canon plug was found contaminated with moisture. The canon plug was cleaned, reconnected, and the system tested serviceable.
C-FSCA, a DHC6, operated by Transwest reported an indication problem and were returning to the La Ronge waterbase. Assistance was offered and declined. The aircraft landed without further incident at 1805 z.

February 14, 2012


C-FSCA departed runway 36 ski trip. Aircraft holding short for runway 18 noticed aircraft leaking fuel, informed C-FSCA. C-FSCA executed a 180 and landed runway18 ski trip.

June 1, 2011


The crew of C-FSCA, a Transwest Air DHC-6, conducted a missed approach at La Ronge due to an earlier arriving aircraft still on the runway.

April 15, 2011


C-FSCA, a Transwest Air DHC-6 Twin Otter, entered the Stony Rapids MF area and the aircraft went off radar and the flight crew left the frequency. Nav Canada initiated a search and the RCMP and company staff later advised the aircraft had landed safely.

December 5, 2005

Incident at STONY RAPIDS SK (CYSF) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

C-FSCA, a DHC-6 Twin Otter, was inbound to Stony Rapids and the crew had to divert to Font-du-Lac due to the failure of the Stony airport runway lights. An airport staff person NOTAM'd the light status.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the Notam for the runway light's remains in effect however an electrician for the Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation Ministry is enroute to Stony Rapids to trouble shoot and repair the electrical fault. It was reported that there is an open circuit in the lighting system which is preventing the ARCAL activation.

February 23, 2005


The crew of C-FSCA, a ski equipped DHC-6 Twin Otter, intentionally landed on the snow on the east side of Runway 18 at La Ronge at 0216Z, when evening twilight was 0101Z. The area where the a/c landed is not published as a ski strip. The aircraft landed safely and there was no impact on airport operations. There were Runway 18/36 edge lights on one side of where the a/c landed and no lights on the other side (CAR 602.40).

February 3, 2003

Incident at LA RONGE (BARBER FIELD) SK (CYVC) (ATS operating irregularity)

The crew of C-FSCA, a DHC-6 Twin Otter, departed La Ronge without SVFR authorization when weather was METAR 06007KTS 15SM-SN OVC009. The FSS Specialist forgot to pass weather during the airport departure advisory while he busy removing a vehicle from the runway. No other aircraft or vehicles were involved. The FSS Manager will conduct an internal investigation into the incident.