December 1, 2009

Incident at DEER LAKE NL (CYDF)

CME 174 B1900 enroute Moncton (CYQM) to Deer Lake (CYDF) requested to circle for Runway 25 while conducting NDB approach due to weather . Approved by ATC. At 1011Z CME 174 requested full procedure ILS Runway 25. Approved by ATC., CME174 landed on Runway 25 without incident at 1020Z.

May 15, 2009

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX) (Fuel - spill, Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown, Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition)

At approximately 11:00Z Red1 advised there was a significant fuel spill on Runway 03/21. Before that time there was a runway check at approximately 09:00Z. There were no fuel vehicles on the runway between these times. There were three aircraft that used Runway 21 during that time period. CME174 departed at 09:48Z, SPR410 arrived at 09:59Z and N8519F departed at 09:55Z. The information was relayed to these aircraft. Runway 03/21 was closed until 12:23Z to clean up the fuel spill. Nil TSB.

November 6, 2008


CME174, SAAB SF340A, enroute from Gander (CYQX) to St. John?s (CYYT), departed from Gander (CYQX) at 11:41Z, Runway 21 and hit a small bird. A snow bunting was recovered. The information was relayed to the pilot. Nil TSB.

October 29, 2008


CME174, SAAB SF340A, enroute from Gander (CYQX) to St. John?s (CCYT), departed from Runway 13 at 10:02Z and reported hitting two small birds during the departure. The remains of two small birds were found. The information was passed to CME 174 and the aircraft continued to destination. There was no impact to operations. Nil TSB.

May 1, 2008

Accident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT)

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The hydraulic leak was caused by the failure of a hydraulic swivel in the right hand landing gear. A Service Difficulty Report has been submitted
UPDATE Commercial & Business Aviation: The aircraft departed Deer Lake and upon selecting gear up, the hydraulic light and the annuciator came on. The captain immediately shut the hydraulic pump off as per memory checks. After completing the checklist it was determined that they had a hydraulic leak in the system. The main accumulator still had some fluid so they decided to bypass Gander and continue on to St. John's where the weather was better. Landing was normal. The captain had some steering and soft brakes. The captain decided to taxi the aircraft onto the ramp area. He feathered the propeller about 150 feet from the hangar. The forward thrust from the props going into feather gave the aircraft some forward momentum. With the slight downgrade the aircraft rolled until it hit Hangar 3. The captain had no brakes or steering. There is substantial damage to the nose cone area. The aircraft will be out of service for two to three weeks.
UPDATE TSB: The cause of the hydraulic leak was a broken "Banjo Fitting" at the actuator on the right main landing gear.
CME174, SAAB SF340A, enroute from Gander (CYQX) to St. John?s (CYYT), was encountering hydraulic problems and collided with the hanger while shutting down due to the loss of the brakes. There were no injuries but there was some damage reported to both the aircraft (nose cone) and the hanger. TSB Case Closed.

April 5, 2008


CME174, SAAB SF340A enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Deer Lake (CYDF), rejected take off from Runway 14. No reason was given. The aircraft backtracked to position and departed at 04:53Z. Nil TSB.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The rejected takeoff was due to a "tail pipe hot" light illuminating during the takeoff roll. The light illuminated on the roll and extinguished seconds after the reject. There was snow and rain accumulating on the aircraft for about 30-45 minutes during thetime on the ground in Halfax, which was the cause for the light. The aircraft, backtracked to re-position on Runway 14 and the decision was made to continue with the flight. The aircraft took off and completed the flight without any further complication.

October 31, 2007


CME174, SAAB SF340A, enroute from Deer Lake (CYDF) to Gander (CYQX), reported a bird strike on landing Runway 13. The remains of 3 sparrows were recovered. There was no reported damage to aircraft. Nil TSB.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: During the landing flare in Gander, on the Runway 13, the aircraft hit a flock of sparrows. It wasn't known how many, until the airport authority conducted a runway inspection, and it was determined that there were three killed. When the aircraft shutdown, the crew inspected for damage and nothing was observed. Maintenance was notified upon arrival at the St. John's base. The aircraft was inspected and signed out by maintenance with no damage found.

August 30, 2007

Incident at DEER LAKE NL (CYDF)

CME174, SAAB SF340A, enroute from Deer Lake (CYDF) to Gander (CYQX), reported a bird strike during take off from Runway 07. An airport crew retrieved a small bird at the intersection of Taxi B and Runway 07. Nil TSB.

May 12, 2007

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT)

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: No damage was found on the post flight inspection and walkaround.
CME174, SAAB SF340, enroute from Gander (CYQX) to St. John's (CYYT), after landing, reported hitting a bird during the flare. The firehall found the remains of a sparrow. Nil TSB.

December 19, 2006

Incident at DEER LAKE NL (CYDF)

CME174, Saab SF340A, enroute from Deer Lake (CYDF) to Gander (CYQX), reported a possible bird strike on departure. Maintenance found the remains of a small brown owl. The information was conveyed to the aircraft. Nil TSB.

February 24, 2004

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT)

Maintenance and Manufacturing - The problem encountered was with the Landing Gear Indication. A light bulb was replaced.
CME174 on approach from Gander to Runway 16 in St. John's at 1038Z reported landing gear problems. The B1900 overshot the runway, and with the problem solved at 1042Z the aircraft landed safely. No emergency was declared and no assistance was requested.

November 5, 2003

Incident at DEER LAKE NL (CYDF) (Aerodrome - other)

CME174 a Beech 1900 was taxiing for departure and observed a vehicle moving around the apron with no driver on board. The vehicle ended up in a snow bank at the edge of the apron. Shortly after the driver was observed running to the vehicle. JZA8907 was loading in the vicinity at the time of the incident. The vehicle was an Airconsol Aviation deicing van.

July 25, 2001

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT) (Overshoot/missed approach, Incursion - runway - aircraft, Conflict - loss of separation, ATS operating irregularity)

ACA623 A320 departing St. John's for Halifax was given clearance to taxi onto Runway 29 with a departure restriction not to depart until CME174 had landed. Inbound was CME174 a BE1900 from Gander was on a 5nm final for Runway 29 and cleared for an ILS approach Runway 29. IFR weather conditions existed at the time. The FSS advised CME174 of traffic on the Runway and as a result CME174 excuted a missed approach. ACA623 departed at 0831 and CME174 landed at 0838z. Appropriate separation minimum not insured resulting in an operating irregularity.
TSB Update July 31, 2001 A01A0086: The Air Canada Airbus 320, callsign ACA623, was issued a clearance for an IFR flight to Halifax. The clearance included a departure restriction from Runway 29 valid after a Prince Edward Air Beech 1900, callsign CME174, landed on Runway 29. The Beech 1900, inbound from Gander, was on a 5 mile final and cleared for an ILS approach when the FSS advised the crew that the Airbus 320 was on the runway. The crew of the Beech 1900 executed an overshoot and the Airbus 320 then departed at 06:01 NDT. The Beach 1900 landed safely on Runway 29 at 06:08NDT. IFR weather conditions existed at the time and required separation minimum was not assured. Nav Canada is conducting a fact finding board.

September 20, 2000

Incident at DEER LAKE NL (CYDF)

CME174 departed Deer Lake 0745z. Just after departure shutdown #2 engine (precautionary shutdown only). requested and given clearance to St. John's. No emergency declared. landed St. John's 0835z TSB Case closed. TSB file # A00A0152. More to follow. TSB Update Sept 20, 2000. The Beech 1900 aircraft was departing Deer lake for Gander and shortly after rotation, the crew observed a torque surge on the #2 engine ( P & W PT6-65B) followed by a power decrease to flight idle. The crew carried out a precautionary shutdown of the engine and advised Gander ACC of the situation. The crew then went through the checklist procedures and tried an engine restart, however, the engine would not accelerate above 60 per cent Ng so the crew secured the engine again and requested and received clearance for a diversion to St John's. The aircraft landed in St John's at 0605 NDT without further incident. After the aircraft landed in St John's, maintenance carried out a ground run on the engine and found that it performed normally. The only discrepancy that maintenance was able to find with the engine, that may possibly have been a factor in the degraded performance, was that they were able to tighten the "B" nut, on the governor end of the P3 line from the governor to the FCU, by one-eighth of a turn. The aircraft has been returned to service with no reoccurrence of the problem. Update Sept 25, 2000. Maintenance and Manufacturing. Torque on # 2 engine had an uncommanded increase & then decreased to flight idle. This could not be duplicated on ground runs following inspection of components & plumbing. (Suspected another cracked or broken P3 air line (ref. Incident # 2000A0449) but line ok) Engine has operated several hours since with no problems. The overhaul agency has recommended replacing the primary governor as a precautionary measure. An SDR will be submitted.

August 7, 2000

Incident at Near Halifax (CYHZ)

CME174 B190 IFR Halifax to Deer Lake departed at 0521Z. At 0525Z, approximately 10 NM East, pilot reported loss of # 1 engine. No emergency declared and no assistance required. Aircraft returned to Halifax and landed safely at 0530Z TSB Case Closed Update August 10, 2000 Maintenance and Manufacturing. Maintenance determined a leak in a P3 air line (p/n 3032125) caused engine deceleration to idle & prop autofeather. The stainless steel line had broken at a bend in the line. Line was replaced with a new part which subsequently failed in the same area 8 hours later. This occurred while aircraft was on the ground. Both lines have been sent to the engine manufacturer (Pratt & Whitney) for analysis. The engine is a rental unit and the line is a part that comes with the engine, installed at overhaul facility. An SDR will be submitted.

December 3, 1998