February 28, 2020

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

At Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM), a McMurray Aviation Cessna 172S (C-FXVA) was instructed to follow a McMurray Aviation Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) in the circuit. Reported traffic in sight. C-FXVA was observed overtaking C-GYYE and was instructed to do a left 360 for spacing. C-GYYE reported risk of collision with C-FXVA while turning base. No operational impact.

April 9, 2019

Incident at 5 NM S Fort Mackay (CAL4)

TSB #C-GCNK, a Boeing 737-300 aircraft operated by Canadian North, was conducting flight MPE1525 from Fort Mackay/Albian (CAL4), AB to Calgary Intl (CYYC), AB with 5 crew members and 120 passengers on board. C-GYYE, a Cessna 172L aircraft operated by McMurray Aviation, was conducting a sightseeing flight from Fort McMurray (CYMM), AB, and was approximately 5 nm south of CAL4 at 3500 feet ASL. MPE1525 departed off Runway 13 at CAL4 and, at approximately 400 feet AGL, the flight crew initiated a right climbing turn to proceed direct to the ETMAR waypoint. As the aircraft was climbing through 3000 feet ASL, the flight crew received a TCAS target. The auto throttle was disengaged, the power levers were brought back to idle, and the flight crew initiated a descent in an attempt to maintain a 1000-foot vertical separation with CGYYE. During the process, the flight crew received several DON’T SINK Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) aural warnings. MPE1525 passed approximately 1200 feet below CGYYE. Both aircraft were operating in Class G airspace at the time of the occurrence. Although both aircraft were communicating on the North Oil Sands ATF 123.5 MHz frequency, direct communication between the 2 aircraft was not established by the pilots.

July 1, 2019

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (ELT)

A W.M.K. Holdings Ltd. Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) from Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) to La Loche, SK (CJL4) and a W.M.K. Holdings Ltd. Cessna 208B (C-FXCL) from Fort Chipewyan, AB (CYPY) to Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) reported hearing 10-15 second emergency locator transmitter (ELT) bursts on 121.5 at approximately 2307Z and 2314Z. A WestJet Encore de Havilland DHC-8-402 (WEN3158) from Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) reported hearing an ELT as well on departure through 1500ft above ground level (AGL) at approximately 2307Z. At 2356Z, Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA) airfield maintenance called to report an active ELT found in McMurray Aviation hangar.

November 27, 2018

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

A W.M.K. Holding Ltd. Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) from Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) to La Loche Airport, SK (CJL4), when 4NM East of the field, said they had zero visibility in the cloud and were under instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). The pilot of C-GYYE was not IFR rated. The pilot regained visual reference to the ground and returned to land safely at 2204Z at CYMM.

October 12, 2017

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

A W M K Holdings Ltd. Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) on a flight departing from Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) and landing at Fort McMurray, BC (CYMM) was performing circuits when the aircraft was observed on radar squawking 7600. Landing clearance was issued via light gun. No impact to operations.

August 23, 2017

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

At 1855Z, a W.M.K. Holdings Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) on a local flight from Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) reported a bird strike. The aircraft landed safely at 1859Z. Runway inspected at 1910Z and found no remains on the runway. The aircraft reported remains on propeller and wing. No operational impact.

August 22, 2017

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

Due to wake turbulence from a medium departure, a W.M.K. Holdings Ltd. Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) on a local flight from Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM), in the circuit, was cleared for a full stop landing on the runway with a delay. The aircraft was observed departing the runway without take-off clearance and was then instructed to make a left turn out as soon as safely able and given a wake turbulence cautionary.

May 9, 2017

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

A W.M.K. Holdings Ltd. Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) on a flight from Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) was instructed to fly runway heading until advised. The student pilot acknowledged the instruction. Shortly thereafter the aircraft was observed turning crosswind for the circuit. The aircraft was then instructed to fly westbound; there was no reply. The Controller then instructed the aircraft to continue southbound which was acknowledged and complied with. The Controller had to alter the plan for other traffic and as a result a Can-West Corporate Air Charters Ltd. flight (CW603) incurred a minimal delay: they had to fly runway heading for three miles before proceeding on course to Buffalo Narrows, SK (CYVT). C-GYYE's pilot instructor came to the Tower shortly after to apologize and explain the actions. The instructor stated having some issues with the headset.

May 12, 2017

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

A W.M.K. Holdings Ltd. Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) on a local flight from Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) was instructed to conduct the next circuit left hand and read back the clearance. The aircraft was observed in the right turn out. Spacing with an inbound helicopter was such that C-GYYE was allowed to continue the right hand circuit.

July 15, 2016

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

On landing, a W.M.K. Holdings Ltd. Cessna 208B (C-GHLI) from Grande, AB (CFA5) to Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) reported possible bird strike to the ground controller. Aircraft in the circuit, a W.M.K. Holdings Ltd. Cessna 208B (C-GWRK) was advised, no carcass seen in the runway protected area. Pilot opted to land rather than wait for inspection. Upon inspection no carcass was found. Departure of a W.M.K. Holdings Ltd. Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) was delayed approximately two minutes for inspection.

January 29, 2016

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

A local McMurray Aviation Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) at Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) was instructed to line up Runway 25 at East. C-GYYE read back the instruction correctly. Tower asked for confirmation from the snow plow (SWEEPER172) that they were holding short of Runway 25. The snow plow was on the west apron at this point. Tower observed C-GYYE rolling Runway 25. Tower Issued takeoff clearance to C-GYYE after they had rolled approximately 1500 feet.

September 16, 2015

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (FOD (foreign object debris), Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A Jazz de Havilland DHC-8-400 (JZA8373) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) exited off Runway 25 onto Bravo south after landing and reported bird remains at the intersection of Runway 07/25 and Bravo south. Previous departure was an Air Canada Airbus A320 (ACA1196) from Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) to Toronto, ON (CYYZ) off Runway 07. Jazz (JZA8445) was 4 miles final when JZA8373 advised Ground of the bird remains; JZA8445 was informed of the bird remains and elected to continue and land Runway 25. A W.M.K. Holdings Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) on a local flight from Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) was in the circuit and given a low approach instead of a touch-and-go to allow Staff vehicle to complete inspection. No other operational impact. Staff vehicle recovered remains of a small bird. Centre advised to let ACA1196 know of possible bird strike.

September 2, 2015

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

A W.M.K. Holdings Ltd. Cessna 172L (C-GYYE), from La Loche (CJL4), SK, to Fort McMurray (CYMM), AB, was holding outside the control zone waiting for visibility to improve from 1/2 SM. C-GYYE eventually declared an emergency at 1754Z, and was told to enter the zone and land at its discretion. Emergency vehicles were called at 1758Z, and were on the scene when C-GYYE landed safely at 1800Z. A W.M.K. Holdings Ltd. Cessna 208B (C-FXCL), from Fort Chipewyan (CYPY), AB, to Fort McMurray (CYMM), AB, had to hold over OTRIL until C-GYYE landed.
Update from General Aviation: The pilot of C-GYYE declaring an emergency due to a possible low fuel situation. There were no issues or contraventions. The Company did an immediate fuel check after the landing and determined that the pilot still had VFR fuel reserves and it was a case of pilot becoming anxious from the observation of remaining fuel and a possible diversion. Company will review alternate procedures with pilots. No further action is anticipated.

July 26, 2015

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

A Canadian Helicopters Limited Eurocopter AS 350 B3 (C-GZAD) on a local flight from Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) was given a departure westbound, north of Runway 07/25, for traffic. C-GZAD proceeded to fly directly over Runway 07/25. A W.M.K. Holdings Ltd Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) had been cleared for a touch and go and was touching down when C-GZAD entered the runway protected area. C-GZAD did not respond to multiple Tower calls to turn southbound immediately. C-GYYE stopped on the runway due to the traffic. C-GZAD eventually turned southbound and C-GYYE continued in the circuit. No other operational impact.
Follow-up information received from Enforcement: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) has reviewed this occurrence and the appropriate action has been taken.

June 11, 2014

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Aerodrome - other)

At 1635Z, Aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) responded to a fire alarm at the new terminal building. A W.M.K. Holdings Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) from La Loche, SK (CJL4) to Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) was overshot to expedite the runway cross. Duty manager advised all clear at 1650Z. No other impact to operations.

December 15, 2013

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

While exiting runway 25 at taxiway Charlie, a W M K Holdings Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) from La Loche, SK (CJL4) to Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) spun out. While attempting to manoeuvre, the aircraft got stuck in a snow bank. Wind was 26026G38KTS. Arrivals for Jazz Aviation (JZA8384) and Nor-Alta Aviation (C-GLRT) were delayed for about 10 minutes. Departure for Jazz Aviation (JZA8374) was delayed approximately 2 minutes.

November 30, 2013

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A W.M.K. Holdings Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) on a local flight from Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) reported flat tire on landing. C-GYYE was disabled on runway from 1756Z-1819Z. Two aircraft were delayed approximately 5 minutes on arrival. C-GYYE was towed off runway. No other impact on operations.

August 30, 2013

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

North Cariboo Flying Service Ltd Beech 1900D (NCB1212) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) had joined final at 5 miles and was told that a W.M.K. Holdings Ltd Cessna 172L (C-GYYE) on a local flight was in the right downwind would follow them in. C-GYYE was told about NCB1212, and C-GYYE reported NCB1212 in sight. C-GYYE was instructed to follow NCB1212. As the aircraft passed each other, NCB1212 reported they were climbing due to a TCAS Resolution Alert. NCB1212 overflew the runway, joined the left hand circuit and landed.

March 31, 2013

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

A McMurray Aviation Cessna 172 (C-GYYE) on a VFR local flight from Fort McMurray (CYMM) entered CYMM control zone without prior radio contact or ATC clearance. Once inside the zone, radio contact was made and GYYE was cleared to land. No impact to operations.

October 31, 2012

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Overshoot/missed approach, Aircraft navigation/communication equipment)

The pilot of C-GYYE, a McMurray Aviation Cessna 172, was given a take-off clearance at Fort McMurray, but once on the runway, the aircraft's radio failed. The pilot exited the runway, but Tower could not confirm that the aircraft would now remain clear of the runway. The crew of C-GSWU medevac was on the approach and pulled up, and landed safely after C-GYYE was confirmed clear of the runway.

June 9, 2012

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

The pilot of C-GYYE, a McMurray Aviation Cessna 172, was instructed to line up on Runway 07 at Fort McMurray, then proceeded to take off without clearance..

April 11, 2012

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

C-GYYE, a McMurray Aviation Cessna 172, was in the circuit for Runway 07 at Fort McMurray and the pilot requested and was cleared to land. The pilot subsequently executed a stop and go instead. While in the downwind, pilot indicated he had meant a stop and go. It is not known if the pilot took off without clearance. There were no other aircraft affected.

March 20, 2012

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Incursion - runway - vehicle)

C-GYYE was in the circuit, and given a touch and go for runway 25. Sweeper 177 was working taxiways G, A, F, holding short the runway. Sweeper 177 proceeded onto the runway while C-GYYE was on final. C-GYYE instructed to initiate a missed approach.

March 14, 2012

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

C-GYYE was inbound to Fort McMurray (CYMM). When on final, C-GYYE was unable to hear transmissions from the tower. Landing clearance issued via light gun. C-GYYE landed without incident at 1648z. 2 way communications re-established on the ground.

February 28, 2012

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Blown tire/wheel failure)

C-GYYE noticed a flat tire exiting runway 07. NCB818's departure was delayed approximately 3 minutes.

July 20, 2011

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

C-GYYE, a McMurray Aviation Cessna 172, arrived at Fort McMurray without a functioning transponder. Also, the aircraft's radio was intermittent, and deteriorated to unserviceable. Light signals were used for taxi authorization.

August 18, 2010

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

C-GYYE, a Cessna 172 operated by McMurray Aviation, experienced a comm failure in the right downwind at Fort McMurray. The pilot called Tower on a cell phone and was given ATC instructions over the phone.

August 8, 2010

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

C-GYYE, a McMurray Aviation Cessna 172, was outbound from Fort McMurray when the pilot advised tower that he had a high voltage light. The pilot returned to CYMM, and landed safely at 0109z.

May 31, 2010

Incident at BUFFALO NARROWS SK (CYVT)

C-GYYE, a Cessna 172 operated by McMurray Aviation, was inbound to Buffalo Narrows on a VFR flight from Fort McMurray and the aircraft approached and landed at CYVT without contact with CYQR FSS. The pilot was contacted via phone during fueling and made the required radio adjustments.

December 4, 2009

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

The pilot of C-GYYE, a McMurray Aviation Cessna 172, was instructed to line up on Runway 25 at Fort McMurray, but Tower subsequently observed the aircraft on the takeoff roll without clearance. Another company Cessna 172, C-GRUG was exiting the runway at Taxiway Delta as C-GYYE was rolling.

August 1, 2008

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

Pilot operated aircraft within Fort McMurray control zone with unserviceable Mode C transponder.

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

Pilot operated aircraft within Fort McMurray control zone with unserviceable Mode C transponder.

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

Pilot operated aircraft within Fort McMurray control zone with unserviceable Mode C transponder.

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

Pilot operated aircraft within Fort McMurray control zone with unserviceable Mode C transponder.

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

Pilot operated in Fort McMurray control zone with an unserviceable Mode C Transponder.

July 9, 2008

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

A Cessna 172 operated by McMurray Aviation operated in the Fort McMurray control zone without a functioning Mode C transponder.

January 21, 2007

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

The pilot of C-GYYE, a Cessna 172, did an overshoot to Runway 25 at Fort McMurray due to Cessna 172 traffic on the runway that was delayed in completing a stop and go operation.

October 10, 2006

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

The pilot of a Cessna 172, C-GYYE, taxied at Fort McMurray without contacting FSS on the airport mandatory frequency.

June 27, 2006

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Overshoot/missed approach)

C-GYYE, a Cessna 172, landed on Runway 07 at Fort McMurray and because the pilot was slow to exit the runway, an approaching Beech 1900, NCB 401, had to overshoot. NCB 401 landed without further incident 5 minutes later.

June 23, 2006

Incident at FORT SMITH NT (CYSM)

C-GYYE, a Cessna 172, departed Fort Smith for Fort Chipewyan but then returned to Fort Smith when the pilot reported to the CARS operator that he was not feeling well. The aircraft landed safely at 1613z and the pilot was attended to by EMS. The same aircraft experienced the same type of occurrence the day before when inbound to Fort Smith (CADORS 2006C1403). It is not known if it was the same pilot.

June 22, 2006

Incident at FORT SMITH NT (CYSM)

C-GYYE, a Cessna 172, was en route to Fort Smith when the pilot reported to Yellowknife FSS that he had become sick and was also dizzy and faint with tingling extremities. C-GYYE was followed to destination by another aircraft and landed safely at 2132z. TSB reported that the pilot was taken for medical attention after arrival. The aircraft was examined by maintenance for carbon monoxide leaks and none could be found.

June 21, 2006

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Overshoot/missed approach)

When AR 130, a Beech 1900, was taxiing for take-off on Runway 25 at Fort McMurray, the crew was advised of traffic one mile final. The crew chose to continue to taxi and departed from Runway 25. The departing traffic information was passed to the pilot of C-GYYE, a Cessna 172, which was short final at the time. The pilot decided to overshoot and rejoin downwind for landing.

September 12, 2005

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Propeller/rotor strike, Other operational incident, Loss of control - on ground)

The crew of C-FKAM, a BAe 31, was conducting a power run on the west apron at Fort McMurray. C-GYYE, a Cessna 172 landed on Runway 25 and exited on Taxiway C, behind the BAe 31. Once on Taxiway C, the pilot of C-GYYE stopped and asked FSS to tell the crew of C-FKAM to power down because C-GYYE was about to flip over. FSS attempted contact with C-FKAM on the MF, then asked the pilot of a company PA-31 to contact C-FKAM on the company frequency. FSS then called the company via telephone to request that they send someone out to C-FKAM. By the time C-FKAM was contacted, C-GYYE had tipped over on it's right wing and the propeller struck the ground. The pilot and passenger in the Cessna were not injured and the aircraft was towed to the hangar. Extent of damage is unknown at this time.
UPDATE TSB reported that the McMurray Aviation Cessna 172L, C-GYYE, had landed on Runway 25 at Fort McMurray and was taxiing clear of the runway on Taxiway Charlie. At the intersection of Taxiways Charlie and Alpha, C-GYYE crossed about 200 feet behind an Air Mikisew Jetstream 31, C-FKAM, which was conducting an engine run-up. Unaware of the run-up, C-GYYE entered into the prop wash of C-FKAM. The pilot of C-GYYE, concerned that continued penetration in to the prop wash would tip the aircraft, stopped the aircraft, applied the brakes and deflected the ailerons into the prop wash. C-GYYE attempted to contact the crew of C-FKAM on the radio without success. Attempts by FSS to contact C-FKAM were also unsuccessful. Air Mikisew ground crew were eventually notified, but were unable to contact the crew before C-GYYE was tipped onto its right wing by the prop wash. C-GYYE sustained damage to the right wing tip, propeller and engine. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

September 6, 2005

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

C-GYYE entered taxiway without authorization.

May 28, 2005

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that the wire from the 'B' post had worked loose. The wire was repaired and the aircraft was released for return to service.
Personnel from McMurray Aviation advised the Fort McMurray FSS that C-GYYE, a Cessna 172 on a local VFR flight, had an electrical problem and was NORDO. C-GYYE landed without incident.

May 27, 2005

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

C-GYYE, a Cessna 172, was departing Fort McMurray when the pilot reported that a door had opened. The pilot returned, landed without incident, secured the door and departed again at 0200Z.

August 15, 2004

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

C-FHFF, a Piper PA-12, was observed by Fort McMurray FSS on Taxiway C for a backtrack on Runway 25. FSS advised the pilot of C-FHFF that C-GYYE was on the takeoff roll on Runway 25, but C-FHFF was observed continuing to taxi. FSS advised C-FHFF to hold short, however the aircraft was unable to stop prior to the hold short line and came within 200 feet of the runway. C-GYYE departed without incident. C-GRUG was also circuit traffic at the time.

November 11, 2003

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that the aircraft landed on the runway with one brake applied and skidded the tire until the tube was punctured. A new tire was installed on the aircraft and the aircraft was returned to service.
While landing on Runway 25 at Fort McMurray, the pilot of a Cessna 172, C-GYYE, appeared to experience difficulty controlling the aircraft. The aircraft was disabled on the runway due to an unspecified mechanical difficulty. The aircraft was repaired and then removed from the runway at 2122Z. The runway was inspected for debris and re-opened 30 minutes later at 2124Z. During this occurrence one aircraft experienced a 3 minute delay.

June 26, 2003

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

C-GYYE, a Cessna 172, taxied for departure at Fort McMurray and requested an airport advisory. FSS provided the advisory and asked if the pilot would be returning before a NOTAM'ed runway closure. He advised that he would be returning after the closure and would land on Taxiway Alpha. The pilot returned at 0432Z and landed without incident on the taxiway.

June 2, 2001

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

The pilot of C-GYYE, a Cessna 172, taxied and departed from Runway 07 at Fort McMurray without any calls to FSS. C-GYYE returned approximately one hour and twenty minutes later, was observed overhead the airport and joined the circuit for a right hand downwind for Runway 07. Again, no calls made to FSS by the pilot. The pilot of another a/c in the circuit during the return of C-GYYE attempted to call the aircraft and there was no response.

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