October 28, 2010

Incident at FREDERICTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: After returning the door was shut properly and there was no further issues. There were no mechanical problems with the door.
CME501, Piper PA31 350 enroute from Fredericton (CYFC) to St. Leonard (CYSL), rejected take-off from Runway 09 due to an open door indication. The aircraft backtracked, and departed at 12:03Z without further incident.

October 26, 2010

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ) (ATM - NAVAIDS/radar)

CME501 reported no signal from the Saint John (CYSJ) Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) while on approach to Runway 23 in Saint John. The panel indicator showed mostly in the red with an occasional flicker to green status. The Technical Operations Centre (TOC) was advised. A NOTAM was issued. (SJ NDB unserviceable until 1010262359). There was no impact on operations.

November 6, 2009

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The crew of C-GYYJ, while in the cruise portion of the flight, detected a slight vibration, yawing of the aircraft and drop in manifold pressure on the right hand engine. After increasing the prop RPM to help remove suspected prop icing they were unable to maintain manifold pressure which resulted in an in flight shut down of the right hand engine while approaching Saint John NB. A successful single engine landing was carried out. The #4 cylinder had detached from the crankcase and then the piston had been pulled from the cylinder on the down stroke. The piston dropped and the skirt left witness marks in the crankcase where it had jammed. This sudden stoppage of the piston resulted in the failure of a connecting rod bolt which allowed the cap to open and free the connecting rod from the crankshaft. During this time the opposite cylinder (#3) was hit within the crankcase, distorting the base of the cylinder so it could not be removed on strip down. There was a Service Difficulty Report (SDR) completed. There was only 700 hours on the engine since the last overhaul.
At 12:35Z, the Moncton Area Control Centre (ACC) advised that the inbound CME501, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Saint John (CYSJ), was experiencing engine problems and had declared an emergency. The aircraft was vectored for the ILS 05 in Saint John. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) was alerted at 12:37Z and the vehicles were in stand-by position near Runway 05. CME501 reported on final for Runway 05 at 12:47Z and landed at 12:50Z. The aircraft shutdown on the runway and a NOTAM was issued at 12:53Z. The aircraft was towed off the runway. The NOTAM was cancelled at 13:05Z. The aircraft was clear of Runway 05/23 at 13:07Z.

November 4, 2009

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: C-GGQM experienced a problem with the gear handle slow to return when the gear was selected up. Maintenance examined the plane when it landed and found the D-door switches required adjustment. After maintenance completed the necessary adjustment, the aircraft was returned to service. On November 5, 2009 there was an issue again with the gear handle slow to return so maintenance examined the aircraft further. There were some wires chaffed on the landing gear switches. The chaffed wires were replaced. Maintenance performed 10 gear swings with no further faults noted. The aircraft returned to service.
After departure, CME501, PA31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Saint John, returned to Halifax due to a landing gear indication. No assistance was required.

September 4, 2009

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The oil filler neck gasket was leaking . Maintenance replaced the gasket and washed the engine down. Ground runs were performed and there was no evidence of further leaks.
CME501, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Saint John (CYSJ), departed from Runway 23. Shortly after departure the aircraft requested to land on Runway 05 as soon as possible due to oil on the engine cowling. The aircraft landed safely at 09:27Z. Nil TSB.

August 17, 2009

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

CME501, Piper PA31 350, returned to Halifax (CYHZ) due to an "indicator problem". The aircraft landed safely with no assistance required.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The aircraft returned to Halifax shortly after takeoff with low fuel pressure on the left hand engine. Fuel pressure was at 10-12 psi with only the high altitude pressure pump operating. This condition would suggest that the engine driven pump was not operating to its full potential. It is currently being replaced.

July 17, 2009

Incident at GREATER MONCTON ROMEO LEBLANC INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

CME501, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Saint John (CYSJ), requested a diversion to Moncton (CYQM) due to an altimeter issue. No assistance was required.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: Preliminary investigation revealed that the problems were likely the result of water in the pitot system.

January 28, 2009

Incident at FREDERICTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

UPDATE Update Maintenance & Manufacturing: Maintenance crew found that the nose wheel was flat. The nose wheel was replaced and the aircraft returned to service. Because of the damage to the tire and tube from taxiing/towing it was not possible to determine what the actual cause of the flat tire was. The valve stem was missing and numerous marks were found on the tube. It is possible that the tire rotated on the rim. An SDR will be submitted on this occurrence. The company is investigating the type of tube and tire as well as recalibrating tire gauges at their bases. The tire gauges used were calibrated within the last 7 months. The built up tires are having slip marks painted on the rims to show any rotation of the tire on the rim.
CME501, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Fredericton (CYFC) to St. Léonard (CYSL), was ready for departure in position on Runway 33 when it advised of a flat tire. ST38 provided escort for the tow vehicle to retrieve the disabled aircraft. CME501, in tow, was clear of Runway 33 at 12:29Z. Nil TSB.

December 15, 2008

Incident at FREDERICTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition)

CME501, Piper PA31, and C-FSXG, Beech C90A, lost control while taxiing to the main apron due to ice. There was no reported damage. The airport authority was contacted to sand the icy area. Nil TSB.

December 4, 2008

Incident at FREDERICTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

CME501, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Saint John (CYSJ) to Fredericton (CYFC), landed on Runway 27 and at 11:18Z, reported a flat nose gear tire. The aircraft requested assistance. A tug was dispatched and the aircraft was towed off the runway. Nil TSB.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: During the rollout a shake was noted as the nose wheel lost pressure and went flat. The aircraft was brought to a stop using light braking. The tire was replaced by maintenance. A two inch cut in the tube sidewall was noted when the wheel was disassembled. It is not known whether this was a result of the flat tire or was the actual cause of the flat tire. According to records the tube had over 1600 hours since new on this wheel assembly. The last maintenance was when a new tire was installed on the same assembly in September, 2006.

November 10, 2008

Incident at FREDERICTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

CME501, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Fredericton (CYFC) to St. Leonard (CYSL) reported an alternator indication with no assistance required at 11:56Z. The Area Control Centre (ACC) was advised at 11:57Z. The aircraft landed safely a 12:04Z.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The aircraft returned to Fredericton due to an alternator inoperable light (LH). Maintenance in Fredericton found a broken wire at the alternator. The wire was repaired and the aircraft returned to service.

September 16, 2008

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

CME501, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Saint John (CYSJ), departed Runway 32 at 08:35Z. The pilot advised of a gear indication and requested clearance to return. No assistance was required. The Airport Duty Manager was advised. CME501 landed at 08:44Z and taxied to the hangar. Nil TSB.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: When the gear was selected up, the in-transit light remained on. Maintenance requested the aircraft return to base. During gear swings the D-Door switches were found out of adjustment. The switches were readjusted as per the Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM). Gear swings were carried out and the aircraft was found serviceable. No further occurrence has been reported.

August 11, 2008

Incident at FREDERICTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

CME501, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Saint John (CYSJ) to Fredericton (CYFC), did not make any mandatory calls (Mandatory Frequency ? MF) to the Flight Service Station (FSS) prior to landing. The aircraft landed on Runway 27 without incident.

July 29, 2008

Incident at FREDERICTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (FOD (foreign object debris))

While taxing at Fredericton Internation Airport CME501 reported FOD on runway 15/33. RED5 retrieved what appeared to be plastic piece off a cowling.

March 11, 2008

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

CME501, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Saint John (CYSJ), returned to Halifax shortly after departure due to a noise in the engine. No assistance was required. The aircraft landed safely at 09:01Z. Nil TSB.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The left hand engine number five cylinder was found to have a hole in the exhaust riser. The part was replaced and the aircraft was returned to service.

January 31, 2008

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety: The fox was removed from the airport property and permanently relocated.
CME501, Piper PA31, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Saint John (CYSJ), reported a fox on the threshold of Runway 32 during the final landing phase. Nil TSB.

December 3, 2007

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

CME501, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Saint John (CYSJ) returned after departure. No reason was given.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The pilots reported to maintenance that they had a rough running engine (Left). After a run up on the ground, the high end mixture was adjusted. Power runs were carried out with no further problems. The aircraft was returned to service.

October 12, 2007

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

CME501, Piper PA 31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Saint John (CYSJ), departed Halifax at 08:42Z, reported returning due to an engine running rough. No assistance was required. The Duty Manager was advised. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) was on the apron. CME501 landed safely at 09:04Z. Nil TSB.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: A pressure test was done on the engine intake system and leaks were found under high air pressure settings. The Intake tube seal and gasket were replaced on all 6 cylinders. The engine was run and then test flown for problems. The engine operated normally and the aircraft was returned to service.

September 21, 2007

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: Maintenance crews found that the Density Controller on the left engine had developed an oil leak. The seepage of oil caused a contamination of the air passages in the Fuel Control Unit (FCU) that created a loss of power/fluctuation. The Density Controller and FCU are in the process of being replaced when parts are available. The Density Controller is between the Turbocharger and FCU. Normal airflow would cause leaking oil to flow towards the FCU. An SDR is being submitted.
CME50, PA31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ), to Saint John (CYSJ), departed Runway 14 and then returned to land at 10:42Z. No assistance was required. The left engine was not performing at full power. Nil TSB.

September 19, 2007

Incident at FREDERICTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

CME501, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Fredericton (CYFC) to St. Leonard (CYSL), departed Runway 33 at 10:39Z. At 10:42Z the flight crew reported a vibration in the left engine. When asked, they responded negative to a declaration of an emergency and declared their intentions to rejoin downwind for Runway 33. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) was advised of the situation. The aircraft landed without incident at 10:45Z and completed a second run-up on the main apron. The aircraft departed from Runway 33 at 10:56Z and reported clear of zone at 10:59Z. Nil TSB.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The aircraft returned to Fredericton with a rough running engine. They landed, checked the engine and did a full run-up without any complications. Maintenance at home base later that evening inspected the engine and drained a small quantity of water from the tanks. Run-up's then were also normal.

July 16, 2007

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ)

CME501, Piper PA 31, conducted a missed approach to Runway 23 in Saint John (CYSJ) due to weather. Nil TSB.

April 30, 2007

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

CME501, Piper PA31, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Saint John (CYSJ), aborted takeoff from Runway 23 at 08:40Z. No reason was given. There was no impact on operations. Nil TSB.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The flight crew rejected takeoff because of low manifold pressure on the right engine. The engine appeared to be running lean so the mixture settings on the right engine were adjusted. A full power run was made and no further problems were noted. The aircraft departed on it's scheduled run.

August 24, 2006

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

CME501, Piper PA31, enoute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Saint John (CYSJ) returned to Halifax due to a gear problem. No assistance was requested. The aircraft landed safely at 09:00Z. Nil TSB. Maintenance and Manufacturing Update: Gear would not retract after departure from Halifax. Troubleshooting determined the hydraulic power pack was defective. Power pack has been replaced & a/c GGQM returned to service.

March 23, 2006

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

CME501, Piper PA31, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Saint John (CYSJ), advised that aircraft was returning due to an open door. No assistance required. CME501 landed safely on Runway 23 at 09:55Z. No impact on operations. Nil TSB.

December 29, 2004

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ)

The Prince Edward Air PA31, enroute Saint John to Fredericton, deviated from the Standard Instrument Departure (SID) on departure from Runway 23 at Saint John.

November 28, 2002

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ)

A Piper PA31 enroute from Halifax was on the approach to Runway 32 in Saint John. The aircraft was forced to do a missed approach due to a landing gear malfunction. The aircraft cancelled IFR and remained in the area to attempt to correct the problem. The aircraft recycled the gear seven times and got a '3 Green' indication. The aircraft then landed in Saint John without further incident.
Update from Maintenance & Manufacturing - 2002A0717 - 2002/11/29 - Maintenance jacked aircraft & cycled gear. Down lock hook was not engaging. Mechanism lubricated which allowed spring mechanism to engage hook properly. This area has been a problem in the past as it gets contaminated by engine exhaust and a company maintenance memo regarding cleaning & lubricating of this mechanism is in place. Update training on the procedure has been scheduled.

December 6, 2000

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

CME501 departed Halifax at 0947, and requested return to Halifax due ¿crew door open¿. On final approach, crew reported that door was now closed, but that they would continue for full-stop landing. CME501 landed at 0957. CME501 took off again at 1022z. Nil TSB
Incident # 2000A0708: No mechanical fault found with door mechanism. Flight crew advised they may not have ensured proper closing before departure.

November 20, 2000

Incident at FREDERICTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Update Nov 27, 2000 Maintenance and Manufacturing: Maintenance discovered a deteriorated positive electrical cable between battery and battery contactor. In addition the negative battery cable was loose. An SDR will be submitted.
CME501 PA31 departing Fredericton advised of an Electrical Problem and would be returning to Fredericton. FSS asked if further assistance was required and when there was no reply, AFF was put on Standby. During final approach the flight established contact and advised that it was an Alternator problem which was reset and the pilot continued on course for destination of St. Leonard. Moncton ACC advised.

June 8, 2000

Incident at Fredericton

CME501 PA31 departed Fredericton for St. Leonard, reported gear indication light "on" after takeoff. Crew then requested a fly by to determine position of gear. FSS reported that all gears were fully up except for one main gear that was only retracted to 45 degrees. Pilot advised that intentions were to proceed to destination at reduce speed without further assistance. Weather VFR. MAH Update: As indicated previously, the crew elected to fly on to St. Leonard and maintenance only learned about the incident afterward. A ferry flight permit was obtained to enable ferrying the aircraft back to Moncton. Aircraft was inspected by maintenance personnel before the " Gear down " ferry flight. Upon arrival in Moncton, aircraft was placed on jacks and the gear recycled a number of times without any discrepancies being noted. Aircraft was subsequently released to service . Maintenance suspect an intermittent gear door & will be monitoring same. NIL TSB