December 20, 2008

Incident at IQALUIT NU (CYFB)

UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that B727 C-FUFA returned to base due to an intermittent gyro flag. Maintenance replaced the #1 vertical gyro and the aircraft was returned to service.
FAB 5093, a B727 operated by First Air, departed Iqaluit for Val-d`Or and the crew subsequently requested to return to YFB due to an unspecified mechanical issue. They did not declare an emergency and the flight landed uneventfully 20 minutes later at 1156z.

October 11, 2006

Incident at VAL-D'OR QC (CYVO) (Navigation error, Conflict - loss of separation, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

The Boeing 727 registered C-FUFA and operated by First Air as flight number FAB266, had just taken off from Val d'Or (CYVO) and was bound for Iqaluit (CYFB). Since the flight was being conducted in a non-radar environment, the separation between aircraft was ensured by the separation standard, called OMNI, which consists of using radials and distances in relation to the VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) in order to ensure separation between aircraft. The pilot of the Boeing 727 had received and correctly readback the instruction to cross 20 distance measuring equipment (DME) north of the Val d'Or VOR, at 5 000 ft or lower. A loss of separation occurred when the pilot of the Boeing 727 continued to climb once he had passed the VOR, and crossed the altitude of another aircraft, a Beech 100 registered C-GJLJ and operated by Propair as flight number PRO104, which was at 6 000 ft, inbound from Chibougamau/Chapais (CYMT) and bound for Val-d'Or.

September 8, 2006

Incident at VAL-D'OR QC (CYVO)

The aircraft registered C-FUFA struck a seagull during takeoff from Val D'Or (CYVO).

August 13, 2006

Incident at VAL-D'OR QC (CYVO)

First Air Boeing 727-200 C-FUFA, flight number FAB266, hit some birds on takeoff from rwy 36 at Val d'Or (CYVO) heading for Iqaluit (CYFB). One complete seagull carcass and another partial carcass were retrieved by airport personnel.

April 20, 2005


Follow-up information received from Maintenance & Manufacturing [2005/04/22]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) contacted the operator for more information on this occurrence. The CASI was advised that the #1 engine anti-ice thermostatic valve failed resulting in valve parts entering the anti-ice duct and jamming the anti-ice valve in an in transit position. The thermostatic and anti-ice valve were replaced and the duct checked for debris.
The Bradley Air Services Ltd. Boeing 727-233 aircraft (C-FUFA, operating as FAB266) was on an IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Val-d'Or Airport (CYVO). Following a mechanical breakdown (which would have prevented FAB266 to depart from Val-d'Or Airport), the aircraft diverted to return to Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) where it landed without incident. Ops. impact -- none.

September 5, 2004

Incident at 40NM NE of Ottawa

The First Air Boeing 727 turbojet aircraft (C-FUFA, operating as FAB5266) departed on a scheduled IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit (CYFB). After departure, the flight crew reported a slat problem and requested to return to Ottawa. Fuel dumping occurred on the 040ยบ radial of the Ottawa VORTAC between 40NM and 82NM at an altitude of 9,000 feet (between 1632Z and 1644Z). The aircraft returned to land at 1718Z without further incident (without an emergency declared or priority requested). Ops. impact -- none. A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) from Maintenance & Manufacturing spoke with the company about this occurrence. The CASI was provided with the aircraft's registration and was informed that the #5 slat actuator threads failed resulting in it remaining deployed in flight.

December 28, 2004

Incident at IQALUIT NU (CYFB) (Hydraulic problem, Declared emergency/priority, Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that the nose gear down lock actuator on C-FUFA separated/failed at the actuator attachment, damaging the hydraulic lines associated with the actuator. The 'A' hydraulic system was then inoperative because of the resulting fluid loss. The actuator was replaced along with the damaged hydraulic lines. System failure checks were accomplished and the aircraft was returned to service. An interim SDR concerning the actuator failure will be submitted by the operator.
FAB 268, a B727, was en route from Kuujjuaq to Iqaluit when the crew advised Montreal ACC that they had mechanical problems which would not enable them to steer on the ground after landing. They subsequently declared an emergency. The flight landed safely at 2217Z and the runway remained closed for an hour until 2217z because of the cleaning required by the presence of fluid on the runway surface. One inbound aircraft, C-FMPN, a Pilatus PC-12, was required to hold during this time before being able to land. TSB Montreal will contact the company.

August 10, 2003

Incident at IQALUIT NU (CYFB)

UPDATE TSB advised that the Boeing 727 registration C-FUFA from First Air, operating as FAB 266 was on approach for Iqaluit Airport from Val d'Or, Quebec, when the flight crew noticed that the flaps were not in the selected position. A hold was requested in order to conduct the applicable check list. When the flight crew was notified that they would be number 2 for the approach, the crew declared a minimum low fuel situation. The crew was then authorized for the approach and landed without problem with partial flaps. Company maintenance staff inspected the aircraft prior to return to service.
FAB 266, a B727, was inbound to Iqaluit when the crew advised that they had a problem with the flaps. They circled to the south of the airfield before continuing inbound and landed uneventfully.

January 28, 2003

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG) (Dangerous goods/hazardous materials)

The First Air B727-200F, C-FUFA, was taxiing to the ramp at Winnipeg, MB, when the crew noticed a solvent odour from the cargo bay. The ground handling crew off-loaded the problem cargo canister and verified the cause of the odour. A liquid container was found to have cracked and spilled solvent within the cargo container. A precautionary inspection of the upper deck and pits was completed without any further sign of contamination.

July 29, 1997

Incident at Calgary, AB

C-FUFA, a B727 cargo flight operated by Bradley Air, departed Calgary for Dayton, OH with a crew of three. Shortly after takeoff, the crew got an asymmetrical flap indication which they were unable to correct in the air. They remained in the area to dump fuel and returned to YYC without further incident. Maintenance determined that the problem was caused by a faulty cannon plug on the right flap position transmitter.