July 8, 2017

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

A Canadian Helicopters Sikorsky S-76A (C-GIMN) on a flight from Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) to Greenwood, NS (CYZX) departed Runway 05 after being cleared to depart Runway 23. No impact to operations.

November 20, 2016

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

A Canadian Helicopters Limited Sikorsky S-76A (C-GIMN) from Yarmouth, NS (CYQI) to Halifax, NS (CYHZ) initiated an overshoot for Runway 14 at 3 miles final due to not being configured for a vectored area navigation (RNAV) approach. The aircraft landed Runway 23 at 1953Z. No impact on operations.

October 19, 2016

Incident at In the vicinity of: DARTMOUTH NS

A Canadian Helicopters Limited Sikorsky S-76A (C-GIMN) from Charlottetown, PE (CYYG) reported a green laser strike. The strike occurred at approximately 0120Z, as they entered the CFB Shearwater, NS (CYAW) zone (near the Mic Mac Mall) from the north inbound to Point Pleasant Park. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Halifax, NS (YHZ) Tower were advised. No injuries reported.

August 19, 2016

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

A Sky Regional Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200 SU (C-FEJB / SKV7566) from Montreal, QC (CYUL) to Halifax, NS (CYHZ) was on approach to Runway 32 with a VFR Canadian Helicopters Sikorsky S-76A (C-GIMN) medevac helicopter NE bound. Both aircraft had each other in sight. As SKV7566 passed below the helicopter they reported a traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS). The pilot didn't specify an alert or resolution. SKV7566 continued the approach and landed safely. No impact on the operation.

June 4, 2016

Incident at In the vicinity of: HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

A Canadian Helicopters Sikorsky S-76A (C-GIMN) heading to Halifax, NS (CYHZ), returning from Windsor Park, reported a laser attack in the vicinity of Fairview. Halifax police were notified. No injuries reported.

October 22, 2015

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

Update from Commercial & Business Aviation: WEN3482 departed Halifax, Runway 14 at 0000Z. After checking in with Halifax, NS departure control, the crew was given a left turn direct bridg. They did not get a traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) resolution advisory (RA).
UPDATE: TSB#A15A0086: The Canadian Helicopters S76 (C-GIMN) MEDEVAC helicopter was departing Halifax/Stanfield Intl (CYHZ) for Trenton, NS (CYTN). A WestJet Encore DHC-8 (C-FENY) aeroplane departed Halifax Runway 14 for Gander Intl (CYQX). In the climb, the WestJet aircraft passed within 2.8 NM laterally and 200 feet vertically of the departing helicopter when 3.0 NM or 1000 feet are required. An LOS occurred with no risk of collision.
A Canadian Helicopters Sikorsky S-76A (C-GIMN) from Halifax, NS (CYHZ) to Trenton, NS (CYTN), at 7NM SE of CYHZ at 3000 conflicted with a WestJet Encore de Havilland DHC-8-400 (WEN3482) from Halifax, NS (CYHZ) to Gander, NL (CYQX), departing Runway 14. At the time of the confliction, WEN3482 was 2.8NM and 200 feet from C-GIMN.

September 14, 2014

Incident at 5 SE WATERVILLE / KINGS CO MUNI NS (CCW3)

UPDATE: TSB Report#A14A0080: The Canadian Helicopters Sikorsky S-76A, C-GIMN, was enroute from Halifax to Waterville airport, NS. Approaching Waterville, the #2 engine chip light illuminated. The crew declared an emergency and returned to Halifax with the #2 engine at idle power (Allison C250-C30S). The helicopter landed without further incident with Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) standing by. Maintenance found metal pieces and replaced the engine.
A Canadian Helicopters Sikorsky S-76A (C-GIMN) from Halifax, NS (CYHZ) to Waterville, NS (CCW3) declared an emergency and indicated an engine issue. Returned to Halifax, NS, landed at 1716Z. No impact on operations.

October 21, 2013

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

A Canadian Helicopters Sikorsky S-76A (C-GIMN) on a local flight from Halifax, NS (CYHZ) was issued a clearance to enter taxiway A and instructed to contact Tower for departure off Taxiway A. The aircraft departed off taxiway A without clearance. Communication was reestablished when the aircraft was 2nm SW of the airport. No impact on the operation.

July 6, 2013

Incident at In the vicinity of: Oyster Pond

A Canadian Helicopters LTD Sikorsky S-76A (C-GIMN) was enroute to a scene call in Oyster Pond, on Nova Scotia's eastern shore, and cruising at 1300 feet MSL (1000 AGL), when the non-flying pilot (NFP) observed a helicopter fly below them in an opposite direction at very close range (100 - 150'). The helicopter was an R44, with which Halifax Tower was in contact with. The R44 was advised by Tower of the Sikorsky's position (5 miles N) and altitude. The Sikorsky pilots were then advised by the Tower that there was no conflict with traffic. Next the R44 pilot was heard saying that he was descending below the Sikorsky helicopter. That is when the R44 was spotted passing below.

January 29, 2013

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

An ELT signal was heard by the Halifax tower staff on frequency 121.5 at strength 5. The Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) was advised. The RCC confirmed that the source of the ELT was C-GIMN, a Sikorsky S76A helicopter and that it was safe and on the ground.

June 27, 2011

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

C-GIMN, Sikorsky S76, enroute from the IWK Heath Centre (CIW2) to Halifax (CYHZ), executed a missed approach after being cleared to land due an unspecified problem. The flight landed safely at 15:35Z. There was no impact on operations.

March 23, 2011

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

After being instructed to fly heading 050 from Alpha Taxiway, C-GIMN, Sikorsky S76A, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Amherst (CCB3), turned to the northwest without authorization. The tower advised that C-GRTO was northwest of the field. C-GIMN reported the traffic in sight. There was no other impact on operations and no loss of separation.

October 19, 2010

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The number one engine forward chip plug was found to be the source of the chip light indication. No particles were found on the chip plug but there was a small quantity of paste found. There was nothing on the bottom chip plug. Both chip plugs were thoroughly cleaned and reinstalled and a ground run at 100% on the number one engine was conducted for 30 minutes without any problems. Both chip plugs were removed after the ground run of 30 minutes and no particles or contamination was found. The engine oil was changed as a precautionary measure. The aircraft returned to service.
UPDATE TSB: A10A0112: C-GIMN, a Canadian Helicopters, Sikorsky S76, was en route from Yarmouth to Halifax when at approximately eight miles from the airport, the flight crew declared a PAN, PAN, PAN due to an engine chip light. The crew advised that they did not require assistance and landed safely without further incident. Maintenance inspection did not reveal a cause for the illumination of the chip light. The aircraft has been returned to service.
C-GIMN, Sikorsky S76A, was inbound to Halifax (CYHZ) from Sydney (CYQI) when the flight declared PAN on the initial contact eight miles out with no assistance required. The problem was an engine chip light on. The helicopter landed safely on Runway 23 instead of the usual practice of landing on Taxiway A. There was no other impact on operations.

July 21, 2010

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (TCAS alert)

C-GIMN, Sikorsky S76A, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Sydney (CYQY), departed on assigned heading 234 with reported traffic WJA621 departing from Runway 23, enroute from Halifax to Calgary (CYYC). WJA621 was passed helicopter traffic with the take-off clearance. WJA621 reported a Traffic Collision Avoidance System Resolution Advisory (TCAS RA) after departure.

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

C-GIMN, Sikorsky S76A, inbound to Halifax (CYHZ) from the hospital reported that there were four deliberate attempts made to illuminate the cockpit with a ground sourced green laser. The local police were advised.

July 8, 2010

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (TCAS alert)

C-GIMN-M, Sikorsky S76A, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Thunder Bay (CYQT), departed A with a restriction to remain north of Runway 23 due to the departure of JZA862, RJ100, enroute from Halifax to Gander (CYQX). JZA862 was passed traffic regarding C-GIMN-M. JZA862 reported a Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System Resolution Advisory (TCAS RA) after departure. JZA862 reported GIMN-M was in sight prior to the RA. Nil TSB.

May 17, 2010

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

C-GIMN, Sikorsky S76A helicopter, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Kentville, NS, departed as a MEDEVAC flight with an unserviceable transponder. The Moncton Area Control Centre (ACC) approved the flight in the Terminal Control Area.

March 20, 2010

Incident at SYDNEY (CAPE BRETON REGIONAL HOSP) NS (Heli) (CSY9)

C-GIMM (Medivac), Sikorsky S76A, enroute from Sydney (CSY9) to Halifax (CHQE), departed at 01:36Z. At 01:38Z, the pilot reported a green laser directed at the aircraft. The crew believed it was intentional. It lasted for about 20 seconds during the climb out. TSB Case Closed.
UPDATE TSB: A10A0029: The flight crew of C-GIMN, a Canadian Helicopters Sikorsky S76 departing the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Heliport for the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre Heliport, reported a green-colored laser being directed at the aircraft for approximately 20 seconds. There were no injuries reported and the flight continued without further incident.

November 18, 2009

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

UPDATE TSB: The incident involved the #2 engine chip light. There was no emergency declared and there was no engine shutdown.
C-GIMN, Sikorsky S76A, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Kentville (Valley Regional Hospital) (CKV8), returned to Halifax due to a warning indication. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) was on standby. The aircraft landed safely. Nil TSB.

November 17, 2009

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

C-GIMN, Sikorsky S76A, enroute from the Queen Elizabeth 2 Hospital (CHQE) to Halifax (CYHZ), experienced a single engine outage and safely landed in Halifax. Nil TSB.
UPDATE TSB: The incident involved the #2 engine chip light. There was no emergency declared and there was no engine shutdown.

October 17, 2005

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

TSB Update: The Canadian Helicopters Sikorski S76, C-GIMN, serial number 760110, was inbound on a Medevac flight to CQHE (Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Halifax). When abeam Halifax Intl. Airport, the crew informed tower they were declaring an emergency due to the number two engine oil temperature running high. The helicopter diverted to Halifax Intl. and landed safely at 14:53 ADT while AFF crews were in standby position. Maintenance reported that the oil cooler blower driveshaft had failed. The resulting increase of oil temperature exceeded the recommended maximum engine oil temperature parameters. The engine has been removed for teardown and inspection. An SDR will be submitted to Transport Canada.
C-GIMN, Sikorsky S76, on medevac enroute Antigonish (CDY5) to Halifax (CHQE) declared emergency with ?Hot Oil? indication on engine #2. Aircraft diverted to Halifax (CYHZ). All agencies advised. ERS in standby positions. Landed safely at 1753Z. Patient taken by ground transport to QEII. TSB Case Closed.

August 19, 2005

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

C-GIMN, Sikorsky S76A, Medevac enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Bathurst (CZBF). At 7 miles north of Halifax reported returning due to a mechanical problem, no assistance required. C-GIMN landed safely at 1525Z. Nil TSB

May 19, 2005

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (Conflict - loss of separation)

TSB Upadte: A05A0058: The Sobey's Group Inc. Astra SPX, mark C-GBSW, was IFR and had been vectored for the back-course localizer approach to RWY 33. Once the aircraft was on the localizer the aircraft was switched to Halifax tower control. A Canadian Helicopters Sikorski 61, mark C-GIMN, was IFR and on a right hand downwind being vectored for the same approach. The terminal controller observed the Astra SPX making a right turn away from the localizer toward the S61. The terminal controller contacted the tower controller to question what the Astra was doing. At about the same time the tower controller had contacted the Astra crew and informed the terminal controller that the Astra SPX was now turning back to the approach path. During the sequence the terminal controller had issued an immediate left turn to the S61. Separation had deteriorated to 2.8 NM laterally and 100 feet vertically. When tower called the Astra crew they had broken though cloud and could see the runway clearly for a visual approach; an overshoot was not carried out. The company reported that they operate two Astra aircraft which are configured differently with regard to avionics switching and the FMS. At the initial stages of intercepting the ILS for Runway 33 a crewmember had pressed the approach button as opposed to the back course button. This initiated a sharp left turn instead of a slight right turn to track the localizer on the approach. The other company aircraft does not feature a back course button; configuring for a back course in that aircraft is done by manipulating a different series of buttons. The company will highlight this issue during their next safety meeting
CGBSW was vectored and cleared for a back course localizer for runway 33 at Halifax and was changed to tower frequency when observed on the localizer. CGIMN was on a right hand downwind being vectored for the same approach. Terminal controller observed CGBSW making a right turn off the localizer toward CGIMN. He immediately asked tower what the aircraft was doing and was advised that CGBSE was now turning back towards the airport. The terminal controller issued CGIMN an immediate left turn to a heading of 150 degrees. Separation deteriorated to 2.8 NM and 100ft vertical.

February 16, 2005

Incident at Trenton Area

TSB Update A05A0021: The Canadian Helicopters, Sikorsky S76, was on an operational flight with two aircraft crew and three medical staff. While en route to St. Martha's Regional Hospital the crew observed the #2 engine (Allison 250-C30S) T5 (turbine temperature) was increasing; a few seconds later the engine chip light illuminated. The crew intentionally shut down the engine and diverted to Trenton Airport, Nova Scotia (CYTN) where they landed uneventfully. Maintenance discovered a split in the outer combustion can however, no other physical damage was visible and the engine rotated freely. The engine will be removed and shipped to an overhaul facility for teardown and inspection.
The Canadian Helicopters Sikorsky S76 Medivac Flight (C-GIMN) was enroute Halifax to Antigonish when the pilot shut down an engine due to a T5 indication at limits. The helicopter diverted to New Glasgow and landed without further incident.
Update 17 February 2005: Canadian Helicopters will be changing the #2 engine and the helicopter is expected to be back in service on Friday 18 February 2005

September 18, 2004

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

At 1942Z Moncton ACC advised that C-GIMN Medivac was returning to Halifax due to unspecified problems. No assistance required. The helicopter landed without incident at 1959Z. Nil TSB

May 25, 2004

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

An approximate 10 second ELT burst was received on 121.5 between 1106 and 1107z. Halifax tower reported that the source was C-GIMN. Nil TSB

April 23, 2004

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (ATS operating irregularity)

N757CE Beech 400 taxiing west on Alpha taxiway in Halifax when C-GIMN S76 was cleared for take-off eastbound on Alpha taxiway. No control action was taken to resolve situation. TSB Case Closed
ANS& Airspace update: NAV CANADA is conducting an OSI on this incident.

March 16, 2004

Incident at Vicinity of Wreck Cove, NS

At 1311Z, FSS reported hearing an intermittent ELT signal. FSS reported signal to ZQM-ACC and signal was being reported to ACC from over-flying aircraft. At 1324Z, JZA8767 reported hearing strong signal on departure from Sydney. At 1328Z, C-GIMN inbound to SY9 at 1500 feet, indicated no signal at 30 nautical miles west. At 1332Z C-GIMN reported receiving strong signal at 25 nautical miles and weakening signals at 11.8 nautical miles from Sydney. At 1340Z,Team supervisor reported ELT locator equipment indicating an intermittent signal northwest of the airport. At 1343Z, FSS and TS contacted air operations to ascertain location of PRT07 Hughes 369. At 1346Z signal stopped and shortly after DNR air ops reported ELT was from PRT07, which had automatically activated during turbulence encountered at low level operations. Nil TSB

December 19, 2001

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (Incursion - runway - vehicle)

TSB UPDATE DEC 20, 2001. A01A0149: At Halifax, runway 06/24 was closed for snow removal. Blower 124 was working on Runway 06/24 with the instruction to hold short of Runway 15/33. C-GIMN, a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, was cleared to land on taxiway Alpha. When C-GIMN was approximately 3/4 mile final, B124 was observed entering taxiway Alpha. The blower was stopped. The helicopter was passed the traffic. It overflew the taxiway and landed on the apron
Runway 06/24 was closed for snow removal. Blower 124 was working on Runway 06/24 with the instruction to hold short of Runway 15/33. GIMN was cleared to land on taxiway Alpha and when GIMN was approx ¾ mile final, B124 was observed entering taxiway Alpha without a clearance. The blower was stopped and the helicopter was passed the traffic and overflew the taxiway and landed on their own apron. TSB Case Closed

November 10, 2001

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

CGIMN HS76 MEDIVAC enroute Antigonish NS to the Queen Elizabeith Hospital in Halifax when eight miles east of the Halifax airport enroute to the hospital informed the Halifax TCU that he was shutting down an engine(#2) and proceeding directly to the airport for a landing. The AFF vehicles were sent to standby positions. GIMN flew straight in and landed on runway 33. After landing GIMN advised that no further assistance was required. ATA 1833Z. TSB Case Closed with more to follow.
TSB Update Nov 14, 2001. A01A0138: The Sikorsky S-76A helicopter, C-GIMN, was on a medivac flight from Antigonish to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre in Halifax and was eight miles east of the Halifax International Airport when torque indication fluctuations and low oil pressure indications (in the yellow) were experienced on the # 2 engine (Allison 250-C30S). The crew informed the Halifax TCU that they were shutting down the #2 engine and proceeding directly to the airport. The helicopter landed on runway 33 eight minutes later with AFF vehicles in the standby position. An inspection of the #2 engine revealed oil in the exhaust collector and a defective oil seal in the turbine section is the suspected cause. The turbine section of the engine was replaced and the helicopter was returned to service.

April 27, 2001

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

C-GIMN S76 MEDEVAC enroute Queen Elizabeth II Hospital to Halifax Intl. Airport, reported oil rig approximately 600 feet high in the Halifax Harbour with no lighting. NIL TSB

July 7, 2000

Incident at Halifax

C-GIMN S76 departed Halifax for Charlottetown on a medivac VFR flight, returned to Halifax shortly after takeoff due to black smoke observed behind the helicopter by Halifax tower. C-GIMN landed safely without further incident ,or involvement with other aircraft. TSB Evaluating

May 14, 1997

Incident at Fredericton, N.B.

The S76 departed RWY32 on a Saint John Seven SID while ACA652, a CL65 registration C-FSKI, was on a straight-in ILS to RWY23. On initial contact the S76 was assigned a heading of 360 for radar vectors. The helicopter was observed turning to the east toward the arrival path of the CL65. When contacted the pilot of the S76 made an unintelligible reply. The heading of 360 was then re-assigned and the target was observed turning toward the asigned heading. The targets passed with 4.1 miles radar spacing. TSB no involvement.