October 11, 2011

Incident at 25NM North West of CYOW

The Canadian Helicopters Limited Augusta AB139 helicopter (operating as CDN791) was on a VFR flight from a point 25NM north west of CYOW to Ottawa Civic Hospital (CPP7). While enroute, the flight crew reported that they had suffered a bird strike and requested to divert to Ottawa (MCIA) (CYOW). There was no emergency declared and the helicopter landed without further incident. Ops. impact -- none.

September 30, 2011

Incident at between Ottawa and Brockville

The Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Agusta AB139 helicopter (operated by Ornge Air as CDN791) was on an IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Brockville-Thousand Islands Regional (Tackaberry) Airport (CNL3). NAV CANADA staff at Montréal ACC advised that while en-route, the flight crew reported concerns with the oil pressure and requested to return to Ottawa (M-CIA). No emergency. The helicopter landed without incident at 1513Z. Ops. impact -- none. __________ En route vers CNL3, CDN791 rapporte des ennuis de pression d'huile et demande un retour à CYOW. Aucune urgence. CDN791 au sol à 1513z sans encombre. Aucun impact.

August 14, 2011

Incident at 2NM east of Rockland, south side of Highway 17

The Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Agusta AB-139 helicopter (operating as flight CDN791M) was on an IFR medevac flight from Hawkesbury Airport (CNV4) to Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW). NAV CANADA staff at Montréal ACC advised that the flight crew had reported that while approaching Ottawa, their helicopter was targeted by a ground -based laser (in the vicinity of two (2) miles east of Rockland, from the south side of Highway 17). Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.) were advised. __________ En rapprochement de CYOW, CDN791 medevac avise avoir été visé par un laser provenant du sol (2 est de Rockland, côté sud de l'autoroute 17). OPP avisée.

August 9, 2011

Incident at BELLEVILLE ON (CNU4)

The Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Agusta AW-139 helicopter (operating as CDN791) was undergoing maintenance work when the ELT was accidentally activated. Ops. impact -- none. Note: the NAV CANADA report did not indicate if this occurred while in flight [no data provided as to type of flight rules, origin and destination airports] or on the ground at Belleville Airport (CNU4). __________ Le pilote de CDN791, nous a avisé que l'ELT de l'hélicoptère avait été déclenché accidentellement lors de l'entretien de l'hélicoptère. Aucun impact sur l'exploitation.

July 18, 2010

Incident at Coordonnées 4519N/07506W

Update #1: OPI changed to ANS and Airspace.
CDN791, a Sikorsky S76 operated by Les hélicoptères canadiens, was VFR from and to Ottawa (CYOW). At coordinates 4519N/07506W, the pilot reported that he had been twice targeted by a laser beam.

August 25, 2010

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW)

The Canadian Helicopters Limited/Hélicoptères Canadiens Limitée Sikorsky S76A helicopter (operating as CDN791) was on a VFR flight from Ottawa (Rockcliffe) Airport (CYRO) to Ottawa (Children's Hospital) Heliport (CPK7). The flight crew advised that the aircraft was struck by a laser over the CHEO hospital and believed the laser came from near the Museum of Science and Technology. Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) management were advised and they reported the event to the Ottawa police. The Ottawa police called Ottawa Tower at 0622Z to advise that they were filing a report.

August 14, 2010

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW)

The Canadian Helicopters Ltd./Hélicoptères Canadiens Limitée Sikorsky S76 aircraft (operating as CDN791) was on an IFR flight from [origin not reported] to Ottawa (Civic Hospital) Heliport (CPP7). The flight crew reported being hit by a green laser beam for a few minutes when the aircraft was about 6NM from the Ottawa VOR heading toward the Civic Hospital. The laser originated from Constance Bay.

July 6, 2010

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW)

The Canadian Helicopters Limited/Hélicoptères Canadiens Limiteé Starkraft SK-700 aircraft (operating as CDN791) was on a flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Ottawa (Civic Hospital) Heliport (CPP7). The flight crew reported being flashed by a laser beam when overflying the CHEO hospital. There were two flashes about three seconds apart reported. The flight crew believed the laser beam originated from the St Laurent Shopping center.

April 9, 2010

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW) (Conflict - potential, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

The Air Canada Embraer E190 (flight (ACA451) departed Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) for Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) from runway 25 at approximately 12:06 p.m. At the same time, the Canadian Helicopters Limited Sikorsky S-76 helicopter (flight CDN791) departed from near the E taxiway and was assigned a heading of 290 to cross runway 25. Wake turbulence was not assured. Operations impact - unknown.

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW) (Other operational incident, Conflict - potential, Conflict - near collision (VFR or IFR), Conflict - loss of separation, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Sikorsky S-76 helicopter (operating as flight CDN781) was departing on a VFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Pembroke (Regional Hospital) helipad (CNG5). The Ottawa Flying Club Cessna 172M aircraft (C-GCOH) was departing on a local VFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW). NAV CANADA staff at Ottawa control tower reported that CDN791 departed from taxiway ECHO northwest-bound as C-GCOH departed off of runway 22 (both aircraft were operating VFR). Traffic information was exchanged and both aircraft pilots/flight crew acknowledged having their respective traffic in sight. CDN791 telephoned later and advised they were filing paperwork on coming close to C-GCOH. An internal NAV CANADA investigation determined that VFR traffic information was exchanged and acknowledged as in sight by both the CDN791 flight crew and the pilot of C-GCOH. Ops. impact -- unknown.
UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Daily Notification [#A10O0060]: The Canadian Helicopters Limited Sikorsky S-76A helicopter (operating as Ornge Air Ambulance flight CDN791) departed from Ottawa (M-CIA)'s taxiway ECHO northwest-bound on a VFR flight to Pembroke. Simultaneously, C-GCOH, a Cessna 172M operated by the Ottawa Flying Club, departed runway 22 on a local training flight. Traffic was exchanged and both aircraft acknowledged having traffic in sight. During the climb out, CDN791 took evasive actions as both aircraft converged and nearly collided. Note: the Class of Investigation is being assessed.

September 8, 2009

Incident at vicinity of Ottawa VOR (YOW)

The Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Sikorsky S-76 helicopter (operating as flight CDN791) was on an IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to the Ottawa (Civic Hospital) helipad (CPP7). The flight crew reported a laser hit around the Ottawa VOR (YOW).
UPDATE Supplemental information received from Canadian Helicopters Ltd. [2009/09/09]: The operator voluntarily provided additional information on this occurrence. The aircraft registration was provided and the point of departure was corrected. While en-route from Pembroke to Ottawa Civic Hospital with a patient and escort, and approximately 10NM from the Ottawa Civic Hospital, at an altitude of 2,000 feet ASL, the cockpit was hit with a green laser. While looking out of the co-pilot's side of the front window, a strong green light was observed coming from an observation area along the top of the Gatineau Hills. The green light struck the helicopter two or three times. It was only visible for about 20 to 30 seconds. The pilot was able to shield his eyes from the light by using the centre post of the windshield as protection. The co-pilot first noticed the light and was struck by the beam. The co-pilot is suffering some after effects from the laser strike and is seeking further medical help.

August 17, 2009

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, ATM - other)

The Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Sikorsky S-76 helicopter (operating as flight CDN791) was on a VFR flight from Buffalo (Greater Buffalo) International Airport, NY (U.S.A.) (KBUF) to Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW). NAV CANADA staff at London F.I.C. reported that the helicopter was allegedly flown on a transborder flight without an active VFR flight plan. Ops. impact -- unknown.
UPDATE Follow-up information received from Commercial & Business Aviation [2009/08/26]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) contacted the operator's Vice-President of Safety & Quality about this occurrence. The CASI was advised that the flight crew definitely had flight plan filed for this trip (Buffalo F.S.S. staff confirmed that a flight plan was filed at 0717Z for the flight in question from KBUF to CYOW). The Shift Supervisor indicated he would follow-up with their Plans and Procedures group regarding this on-going matter (flight plans not being passed to NAV CANADA).

May 27, 2006

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW)

UPDATE Follow-up information received from Aviation Enforcement [2007/02/20]: Aviation Enforcement staff have reviewed this occurrence.
The Canadian Helicopters Limited Sikorsky S-76 helicopter (operating as CDN791) was departing on a VFR medevac flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Arnprior (South Renfrew Municipal) Airport (CNP3). The helicopter departed off of taxiway ECHO northwest-bound without a take-off clearance. Ops. impact -- unknown.

November 18, 2004

Incident at vicinity of Ottawa

The Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Sikorsky S-76 helicopter was on a VFR medevac flight from [origin not reported] to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario helipad (CPK7) (located about five (5) NM north-northeast of Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW)). Due to weather conditions, the flight crew were unable to land the helicopter at the hospital and requested to divert to Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW). Priority was given for the medevac flight. Ops. impact -- two (2) arriving aircraft (JZA8049 and ACA138), both on approach for Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) were delayed between four to five minutes.

June 30, 1996

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

N8314D departed runway 31 at 1625 on a VFR flight plan to Flin Flon, Manitoba. The pilot of N8314D was instructed to turn left to a heading of 270 and maintain 3000 feet until further advised. Canadian 791 a B737 departed runway 31 and had just switched to departure when the pilot of N8314D broke radar heading and turned right through the departure path of CDN791. ATC advised the crew of CDN791 to level off. CDN791 advised ATC that they had the traffic. The 737 passed underneath N8314D with an approximate 100 foot separation. The pilot of N8314D advised ATC that his aircraft had suffered a gryo malfunction.