May 3, 2014

Accident at 50 NM SSE Bucaramanga, Colombia

TSB Report#A14F0056: The Piper 31-109 (C-GSVM) was scheduled to perform an aerial geophysics exploration near Bucaramanga (BGA), Colombia, with the pilot and one system operator on board. Authorities received a call from Area Control Centre (ACC) in Bogota, Columbia (BOG) reporting an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) activation. The aircraft had collided with a mountain about 50 nautical miles SSE of Bucaramanga. The Grupo de Investigación de Accidentes & Incidentes Aéreos (GRIAA) of the Colombia Civil Aviation Authority is investigating the accident.
Update: Follow-up information received from Flight Operations ? West [2014/10/17]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The CASI contacted the company and was provided with additional information by the operator and a corrective action plan (CAP) which was accepted by the CASI. The CASI advised that no further Transport Canada action was required at this time.

November 3, 2011

Incident at MOOSONEE ON (CYMO)

The 138883 Canada Inc. - Brucelandair International Piper PA-31 aircraft (C-GSVM) was concluding a VFR flight from [origin airport unknown] to Moosonee Airport (CYMO). NAV CANADA staff at Timmins F.S.S. advised that the aircraft was flown in a missed approach due to a faulty landing gear indication. The aircraft was then flown in a low approach to allow ground observers to confirm the position of the aircraft's landing gear (all appeared down and normal). The aircraft then returned for a routine landing. Ops. impact -- none.

October 14, 2010

Incident at LA GRANDE RIVIÈRE QC (CYGL) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

C-GSVM, a Piper PA31 operated by Oracle Géoscience International, was on an IFR flight from Cochrane (CYCN) to La Grande Rivière (CYGL). The pilot made initial radio contact with the flight service station (FSS) when he was 5 NM south-west, at 1 800 ft.

January 28, 2004

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (Precautionary landing, Overshoot/missed approach, Engine - malfunction, Diversion, Declared emergency/priority)

Maintenance & Manufacturing - One engine was fluctuating approximately 100 RPM. Subsequent ground runs could not simulate this condition. Discussed with AMO & considered insufficient warm-up may have caused problem. The Aircraft was coldsoaked on the apron all day. Upon return to home base the following day, further troubleshooting was carried out including prop governor swap. RPM fluctuation could not be repeated.
A PA31 C-GSVM advised the Halifax Tower after departure that he had a 'surging engine'. The Aircraft joined downwind for Runway 06 and requested a priority landing. The tower had ACA1184 (an A319) do an overshoot in order to make C-GSVM # 1 for landing. The PA31 then landed without incident at 2155Z.

June 11, 2003


Operator sent a proposed VFR flight plan for C-GSVM to Halifax FIC with a estimated departure time of 1400Z. Preliminary investigation shows that Saint John FSS sent a departure message at 1405z to an incorrect AFTN address. Aircraft landed at destination Halifax at 1441. Alerting service not assured. Nil TSB

October 8, 2002

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ) (Bird strike)

C-GSVM, PA 31, departed rwy 32 St-John for Halifax at 1113z. Once airborne, the pilot reported seeing a dead bird on runway during take-off roll. At this time C-FMFL, a Falcon 50, advised that he may have hit bird on arrival with nose gear. C-FMFL had landed runway 32 at 1110z. AFF was advised and discovered 2 dead birds, type unknown on centreline of runway 32. C-FMFL was advised of discovery thereafter. Nil TSB