June 21, 2012

Accident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

UPDATE TSB: A12A0065: The Maritime Air Charter Piper PA31 aircraft (C-FYKQ) was landing on runway 32 at Halifax (CYHZ). The crew selected the landing gear down and received three green lights, and visually confirmed that the nose landing gear was down. Upon landing the nose gear collapsed. The propellers contacted the runway surface and the aircraft skid on its nose for about 100 feet before coming to rest. The passengers and crew exited the aircraft without injury. ERS responded. Company maintenance found the nose landing gear actuating push rod had failed at the lower rod end fitting.
UPDATE Airworthiness: The nose gear idler link failed. The TSB had determined that the damage to the failed rod end is consistent with an overload failure. There was no indication of any pre-existing damage.
After landing on Runway 32, C-FYKQ, Piper PA31, enroute from Matane (CYME) to Halifax (CYHZ), experienced a nose gear collapse. No injuries were reported. The extent of the damage is unknown. During this time Runway 05 was closed due to construction. Several aircraft were put in a hold and re-sequenced when Runway 05 was reopened. Runway 05 reopened at 20:40Z. TSB Case Closed.

February 14, 2012

Incident at 15 Miles Southeast of Saint John (CYSJ)

C-FYKQ, Piper PA31, enroute from Saint John (CYSJ) to Halifax (CYHZ), was cleared to 5,000 feet Saint John direct to Halifax and continued to climb to 6,300 feet before requesting clearance for a higher altitude. There was no other traffic in the area at the time. The aircraft was re-cleared to 7,000 feet without further incident. There was no impact on operations.

September 3, 2011

Incident at 60NM au sud de Port-Menier (CYPN)

C-FYKQ, a Piper Navajo operated by Maritime Air Charter that was on an IFR flight from Halifax (CYHZ) to Port-Menier (CYPN), left its cleared altitude (7 000 ft) without authorization. No impact on ATC operations.

July 25, 2011


C-FYKQ, Piper PA31, aborted the takeoff from Halifax (CYHZ) for a flight to Moncton (CYQM) because the pitot tube cover had not been removed. There was no impact on operations.

July 4, 2011


ACA1108, Embraer ERJ 170, enroute from Montreal (CYUL) to Halifax (CYHZ), was instructed to execute missed approach due to C-FYKQ, Piper PA31 being slow clearing the runway due to high winds.

March 3, 2010


Immediately following departure from Halifax (CYHZ), enroute to Yarmouth (CYQI), the pilot of C-FYKQ, Piper PA31, advised the tower that they were returning due to an open door. The IFR flight plan was cancelled and the aircraft landed on Runway 05 without further incident at 19:38Z. The aircraft departed several minutes later and again returned for the same reason. The aircraft arrived safely the second time on Runway 05 at 19:47Z.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: After departure from Halifax (CYHZ), an oil access door opened. The aircraft returned to Halifax, the door closed and then it happened a second time. This time the door was secured with metal tape without further incident. Upon return from Yarmouth (CYQI), repairs were carried out to the door hinge in accordance with applicable standards.

December 17, 2009


UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The prop control was exercised several times to free it up and the aircraft was flown back to Halifax where the cables were dried out in the hanger. No further problems were encountered.
C-FYKQ, Piper PA31, enroute from Charlottetown (CYYG) to Halifax (CYHZ), returned to Charlottetown due to a frozen prop lever. The aircraft landed without further incident.

December 4, 2009

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (Overshoot/missed approach)

CME 502, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Saint John (CYSJ) to Halifax (CYHZ), was instructed to overshoot due to C-FYKQ, Piper PA31, still being on Runway 23. The aircraft landed at 00:35Z.

September 8, 2006


C-FYKQ, Piper PA31, enroute from Charlottetown (CYYG) to Halifax (CYHZ) departed Runway 21 at 19:57Z. At 20:00Z the pilot advised that they were returning due to an open door. QMACC was advised and the IFR clearance was cancelled. C-GXUG was on runway 21 preparing for departure and taxied clear of the runway at C-FYKQ's request to allow priority landing. C-FYKQ landed safely at 20:01Z. Nil TSB.

June 5, 2006


C-FYKQ (Maritime Air Charter) Piper PA-31, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Fredericton (CYFC) departed at 02:57Z and reported a rough running engine. The aircraft returned to Halifax. CFR was on standby. The aircraft landed safely at 03:11Z. Nil TSB.

January 10, 2006


UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: Pilots were not sure if they had a prop problem but returned and used another aircraft for the flight. Maintenance was not able to find any problems. Due to heavy turbulence the props may have seemed to be surging.
C-FYKQ Piper PA31, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Yarmouth (CYQI) departed on Runway 23 at 0559Z. The aircraft advised returning due to surging prop. No assistance was required. ADM advised. Aircraft landed safely at 0611Z on Runway 23. Nil TSB.

December 17, 2005


C-FYKQ, Piper PA 31, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Toronto (CYKZ), rejected takeoff on Runway 32 due to loose oil cap. Aircraft taxied to IMP to fix problem. Departed 1624Z. Nil TSB.

August 4, 2004

Incident at Vicinity of Charlo airport/NDB (ATS operating irregularity)

Skylink (SL)226 SW3 was on an IFR flight from Bonaventure to Rivière du Loup with a flight planned altitude of FL200. Montreal ACC contacted Moncton ACC prior to departure to coordinate an altitude as the flight entered Moncton FIR shortly after departure. Moncton and Montreal coordinated an altitude of 8000 feet while in controlled airspace. (Airspace vicinity Bonaventure and Charlo is uncontrolled below 12,500). Montreal ACC issued clearance at 8000 WICA, due other traffic vicinity CL NDB at 9000B10,000 WICA. On departure, SL226 climbed to 11,500 feet in uncontrolled airspace before radio communication and radar identification were established. Montreal ACC confirmed SL226 would remain at 11,000 feet before the aircraft contacted Moncton ACC for radar identification. Traffic was passed to both aircraft. As this event occurred in uncontrolled airspace, there was no loss of IFR separation. SL226 potentially conflicted with both C-FYKQ (9000B10,000 WICA) and APO280 (CYQB CYVB FL190 descending to FL130) overhead the Charlo NDB. APO226 reported visual passage with SL226. Nil TSB

April 17, 2001

Incident at FREDERICTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (Flight instrument failure)

TSB Update : A01A0035 C-GENG, a Cessna 414 aircraft was on an IFR flight from Fredericton to Halifax at 7,000 feet. C-FYKQ, a Piper PA-31 aircraft was on an IFR flight from Halifax to Fredericton at 6,000 feet. Traffic was passed when the two aircraft were approximately 8 NM apart and the aircraft passed showing 7,000 and 6,000 feet respectively on radar with one mile of lateral separation (the required separation was 1,000 feet or 5 miles). The pilot of C-GENG reported that he observed that C-FYKQ was actually slightly below him when they passed, he then checked the other altimeter and found that it was showing 6,000 feet, and after verifying that both altimeters were set to the correct barometric pressure setting, he tapped the glass of the primary altimeter and it spooled down to 6,000 feet. The pilot then queried QM ACC as to what altitude he was being displayed at and was advised that he was now being displayed at 6,000 feet. After arriving in Halifax, an avionics technician examined the altimeter (Aircraft Radio Company {ARC} Model EA-401A. P/N 42540-6128, S/N8584) and the related systems and could not find any faults, nor could the snag be duplicated on subsequent test flights. Another avionics company was consulted but they had never encountered the same problem either; they advised that from their experience this model altimeter has been problematic. This model altimeter is no longer being manufactured nor are replacement parts, for units already in service, being manufactured. The aircraft operator has order a replacement altimeter.
CGENG C414 IFR ENROUTE FREDERICTON TO HALIFAX REPORTED LEVEL 7000 FT. CFYKQ PA31 IFR ENROUTE HALIFAX TO FREDERICTON LEVEL 6000 FT. Traffic passed when aircraft were approx. 8 NM apart. Aircraft passed at 1218Z showing 7000 and 6000 FT respectively on radar. Approximately 5 minutes later the pilot of C-GENG queried ATC as to what altitude was being displayed and at this time the mode C was showing 6000 FT and the pilot advised that he had actually passed under C-FYKQ. Moncton radar information indicated the aircraft were at there cleared altitudes. TSB Case Closed with more to follow.

June 3, 1999

Incident at Sydney

C-FYKQ PA-31 shutdown # 1 engine due to a bird strike on a visual approach to runway 19 in Sydney. Aircraft landed safely at 1706z. NIL TSB Update: Aircraft advised he required ERS and landed safely 1706z. Inspection of aircraft found spinner cover had come off right engine, disabling the engine and putting a hole in the body of the aircraft.

June 10, 1997


C-FYKQ PA31 was departing runway 33 in Halifax on a flight to Quebec City. Immediately after take-off the pilot advised ATC that he suspected that he had an oil leak and requested clearance back to the airport. ATC cleared the aircraft to land on runway 15 and the aircraft landed at 1342z without incident. The aircraft was inspected after landing and no indications of an oil leak could be found. The aircraft subsequently departed for Quebec City without incident.