September 20, 2003

Accident at Natuashish Labrador (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

TSB - Update - A03A0108: C-GMHX, a Piper PA31 Navajo was on a sight-seeing flight from Goose Bay to Natuashish. While on approach to runway 12, the pilot was preoccupied with pointing out local landmarks and explaining the function of the PAPI lights to the passengers. The aircraft was inadvertently landed with the gear up. There were no injuries and the aircraft sustained damage to both propellers, the underside of the fuselage, and the trailing edge of the wing flaps.
Update - Maintenance and Manufacturing - 2003-09-24 - On Tuesday, September 23, 2003, the pilot explained that he had been showing his passengers some sites while he was doing his approach to the runway, he also stated he normally landed from the other end of the runway. Being distracted from his normal landing routine, he said he forgot to select the gear down. Besides damage to the props, the engine nacelles and belly further damage was done when the airport operator was removing the aircraft from the runway. During the time he was giving his statement to the RCMP, the RCMP received a call from the TSB stating the aircraft could be removed from the runway, and this message was passed on to the airport operator. The Aerodrome Operator connected a tow rope to the tie down ring on the tail of the aircraft and pulled, this tore away from the aircraft, he then put a strap around the tail fwd of the horizontal stabilizer and pulled from the rear this caused more damage to the tail and the horizontal stabilizer.
At approximately 1555Z Halifax FIC received a telephone call from the Airport Operator at Natuashish, Labrador to advise that the aircraft CGMHX a PA31 had executed a hard landing, causing the nose gear to collapse. A Notam was issued advising the runway is closed, as the disabled aircraft is still on the runway. TSB - Case Closed - More to Follow

December 30, 1993

Incident at HALIFAX

PA31 NAVAJO SPR501 C-GMHX LOST ALL NAVAIDS EXCEPT FOR ADF ENROUTE SAINT JOHN FROM HALIFAX. HALIFAX TERMINAL VECTORED A/C FOR LANDING AT HALIFAX. ERS ON STANDBY. A/C LANDED SAFELY AT 1131Z. TIME = 1130Z. ACTION = MAB. UPDATE (94/01/12): ALL NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT CHECKED SERVICEABLE AFTER THE A/C LANDED. MAINTENANCE CHECKED ALL STATIC WICKS FOR RESISTANCE. CLEANED CONTACT SURFACES. REPLACED BONDING STRAPS ON FLAPS ELEVATOR AND RUDDER.

February 9, 1993

Incident at HALIFAX

PA31 CHIEFTAIN SPR501 C-GMHX - TOWER CONTROLLER OBSERVED THE A/C ENROUTE HALIFAX TO SAINT JOHN RETURNING TO THE AIRPORT. THERE WAS NO RADAR CONTACT. THE A/C LANDED ON RWY 06 AT 1023Z AND CONTACTED THE TOWER AND EXPLAINED THERE WAS AN ELECTRICAL FIRE IN THE COCKPIT. TIME = 1016Z. ACTION = MAH-HZ.