August 30, 2010

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

Controller vectoring several aircraft for final Runway 32 for visual approach in Halifax. CME402 PA31 enroute Moncton (CYQM) to Halifax (CYHZ) was number 3 on approach being vectored to follow company CME 502 PA31 enroute Saint John (CYSJ) to Halifax (CYHZ) and a Westjet 737. Pilot advised he had company in sight. Controller verified 2 times whether he had company PA31 in sight to follow. CME402 continued then turned for the approach ahead of company traffic. Controller issued vectors to CME402 to maintain separation and re established the aircraft behind other traffic in sequence for Runway 32. Nil TSB

February 9, 2010


CME402. Piper PA31 350, enroute from Miramichi (CYCH) to Moncton (CYQM), while taxiing for departure experienced a flat tire in the taxiway, more than 200 ft. back from the runway. Nil TSB.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The flat tire was the result of a tube failure. The tire/tube was replaced with a serviceable wheel assembly and the aircraft was returned to service.

July 8, 2009

Incident at GREATER MONCTON ROMEO LEBLANC INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

CME 402, Piper PA31350, enroute from Miramichi (CYCH) to Moncton (CYQM), experienced an unsafe gear indication and requested that the fire hall standby at 22:46Z. The aircraft conducted a low approach and the gear appeared to be down. The aircraft declared an emergency at 23:03Z then landed safely on Runway 11 at 23:09Z and shut down the engines. The aircraft was towed off the runway at 23:15Z. Nil TSB.
UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing: The aircraft experienced an issue with the nose landing gear green light not illuminating. Troubleshooting during the flight revealed that the gear was in fact locked but there was a malfunction in the indication system. The aircraft landed without incident. Further troubleshooting revealed that the down lock switch in the nose well was intermittently sticking. Everything appeared to be working properly but with a side load applied to the drag brace, the switch would sometimes stick internally. Due to the fact that this is the second landing gear issue involving gear switches in the span of less than a week, the operator is in the process of conducting a fleet wide inspection / replacement of the landing gear switches.
UPDATE TSB: The aircraft had a gear handle indication that the gear was down but there was no green light on the panel for the nose gear. The light came on at touchdown. The down lock safety switch was replaced.

June 30, 2008


CME402, Piper PA31 350 departed Runway 23 with visibility of 1/8 mile. RVR (A) 1,800 ft. RVR (B) 1,800 ft.

June 18, 2008


CME402, Piper PA31, enroute from Moncton (CYQM) to Halifax (CYHZ) missed the approach because the aircraft drifted from the centerline. Nil TSB.

February 27, 2008


UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: Shortly after departing Moncton, the aircraft experienced a power loss in the left engine. Maintenance determined the turbocharger shaft broke internally and the turbocharger eventually seized. It was an overhauled unit that had been installed the previous evening in Halifax and had a total of 3.5 hours of operation prior to the failure. A Service Difficulty Report (SDR) will be submitted. The engine oil system was contaminated (metal in filter). The system has been flushed and filter checked after a power run. The amount of metal in filter was negligible but will be checked again after five hours.
Soon after departure CME 402, Piper PA 31 350, enroute from Moncton (CYQM) to Halifax (CYHZ), advised of engine difficulty and requested to return to Moncton. No emergency was declared. The flight crew requested Runway 29 and switched to the tower frequency. The flight crew advised that it was not an emergency and requested that the crash response vehicles not be placed on standby. The aircraft landed safely 00:04Z. Nil TSB.

October 31, 2006


CME402, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Moncton (CYQM) to Halifax (CYHZ), while taxiing, the pilot advised that the rear cargo door had opened during the landing on Runway 23. There was no apparent damage but the pilot suggested that the runway should be checked for potential foreign object damage (FOD). The runway was checked; nothing found. Nil TSB.

November 23, 2005


Maintenance & Manufacturing Update: Gear handle did not return to neutral after gear up selection after take-off. Safety solenoid circuit breaker popped. Gear selected down, breaker reset. Gear extension normal & returned to base. Maintenance inspected wiring & system but could not find a problem. Gear retraction tested normal. There were heavy rains & high winds at the time of the incident.
CME402, Piper PA31, enroute from Moncton (CYQM) to Halifax (CYHZ) at 0045Z. Immediately after departure the aircraft advised that they had a problem and were returning to land. No assistance required. Aircraft landed at 0109Z. TSB Case Closed.

June 17, 2005


CME401 PA31 enroute from Halifax(CYHZ)to Moncton (CYQM) departed rwy24 at 0852Z for CYQM, advised had to return due indicator problems. AFF called to standby positions. CME401 landed safely on rwy15 at 0901Z. TSB Closed
Problem was a surging LH engine. Troubleshooting indicated a problem with the RH magneto. Points and capacator replaced & returned to service.
TSB Update: A05A0066: The Prince Edward Air Piper Navajo, registration C-GIIZ operating as CME402, had departed Rwy 24 at Halifax. During the climb the crew requested to return to land due to indication problems. Clearance was provided and AFF were called to standby positions. The aircraft landed safely at 06:01 ADT on RWY 16. A discussion with the crew maintenance determined that the right engine (#2) had surged as a result of a left magneto capacitor failure.

March 30, 2005


CME402 PA31 enroute Miramichi (CYCH) to Moncton (CYQM), the pilot reported a blown right main tire after landing on runway 06. The aircraft exited the runway under its own power. No operational impact, field inspection completed at 2338Z. Nil TSB

March 17, 2005


C-FFFH PA31 enroute Moncton (CYQM) to Halifax (CYHZ) landed in Halifax and exited in Taxi ""D"". Pilot advised ground they needed ""a minute"". Aircraft reported lost power blocking taxiway. ADM issued NOTAM closing ""D"". At 0056Z, Van 450 advised aircraft had a flat tire. At 0108Z, C-FFFH was removed and ""D"" reopened. TSB Evaluating
Maintenance and Manufacturing Update: Tire had damage high on the sidewall and a dent in the wheel in same area indicating it may have ran over something during taxi for departure.

September 11, 2002

Accident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

TSB Update - 2002/09/16 - The Prince Edward Air PA 31-350 Navajo Chieftain, flight number CME402, was on a scheduled courier flight from Moncton to Halifax. The aircraft was cleared to land on runway 15 at Halifax. After landing, the pilot indicated they had an incident on the runway and requested assistance; the crew had landed unintentionally with the gear retracted. The crash alarm was activated and AFF crews responded. Neither the crew or the company passenger were injured but the aircraft sustained substantial damage to the engines, props and fuselage. The airport was closed for approximately 1.5 hours due the aircraft and debris at the intersection of both runways.
A PA31 inbound from Moncton was landing Runway 15 in Halifax. The aircraft landed gear up and came to a stop in a position which was partially blocking Runway 15/33 and Runway 06/24 The airport was closed till the aircraft was towed clear of Runway 06/24 past the hold line on Runway 15. Runway 06/24 was swept to clear the runway of debris. Several aircraft were diverted, and several aircraft were in hold as a result. The runway was re-opened at 0118Z. A weather special was issued at 2351Z - Wind 010@18, visibility 1 and 1/4 miles, moderate rain showers and mist, ceiling two hundred broken, eight hundred overcast, temperature 17, dew point 16. TSB - More to follow

August 21, 2002


A PA31 was on departure from Charlo to Bathurst. During take off, the aircraft hit a seagull with the landing gear. There was no damage reported to the aircraft.

June 25, 2002


During take-off, A PA31 struck and killed a seagull. Part of a flock that had been attracted by grass cutting on the north side of the runway near the runway edge. There was no apparent damage, and the aircraft proceeded to Bathurst.