April 27, 2007

Incident at CAMPBELL RIVER BC (CYBL)

An American-registered Dehavilland DH2 was on a transborder VFR flight plan from Seattle (KBFI) to Campbell River (CYBL). His ETA was 272100Z. The flight became overdue at 271800Z and RCC was notified. The aircraft was eventually located at Dent Island Lodge at 281905Z and the search was terminated. The pilot had not closed his flight plan upon arrival at destination. Customs had not been contacted upon arrival.
UPDATE from RCC Victoria: American-registered Beaver (500288N 1251526W). FSS reported an overdue float plane from Boeing Field to Campbell River. The aircraft was spotted landing at Campbell River Spit and then took off very shortly afterwards for an unknown destination. The pilot did not close his flight plan or clear Customs. Comm search located the party at Dent Island Lodge. No distress. Customs was notified.

March 28, 2003

Incident at VANCOUVER HARBOUR BC (Water) (CYHC) (Conflict - near collision (VFR or IFR), Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

The pilot of C-FJBP a DH2, westbound exiting CYHC Vancouver Harbour zone at 700 feet, reported a near collision with an unknown helicopter. He detected it at the last moment, turned right and descended rapidly. He estimated the pass at 80 feet. The pilot described the aircraft as a bright red or orange A-Star or Twin star which continued in the direction of Point Grey.
Update from the TSB: A Baxter Aviation DHC-2 Beaver aircraft, C-FJBP was exiting the Vancouver Harbour zone, westbound at 700 feet, in the vicinity of Spring, en route to Nanaimo. The pilot switched frequency from Vancouver Harbour tower (118.4) to transit frequency (131.8) giving position, altitude and intentions. Immediately thereafter, the pilot observed a helicopter coming from the north, and had to take evasive action by banking 40 degrees right and descending, flying through the helicopter's wake turbulence. After landing, the pilot attempted to obtain information about the helicopter from Nav Canada without success. The Helijet AS-355F Twin Star helicopter, C-FHJJ was enroute from Whistler to Vancouver International. The pilot made initial contact with Vancouver Outer tower (124.0) over Passage, was cleared for the helicopter Point Grey arrival, instructed to squawk 4500 and to contact Vancouver Inner tower 119.55 at Point Grey. Near Spring, the pilot saw the Beaver manoeuvring to pass behind him, but not in time to take any evasive action. He stated he never received any traffic advisory on the Beaver.

July 10, 2000

Accident at 5221N 5759W

CFDTZ DHC-2, enroute to Mary's Harbour was reported by Halifax RCC to have been involved in an accident at the following location: 5221N 5759W. Three souls on board : two uninjured and one with undetermined injuries. Search and Rescue on scene and injured occupants being transported to the St. Anthony Hospital. More to follow. TSB Update :C-FDTZ, DH2 departed Mary's Harbour, Labrador at approximately 16:40 ADT on a flight to Clayton's Pond. Approximately 45 minutes into the flight, the engine quit and the aircraft subsequently crashed . The pilot and front seat passenger were seriously injured while the aft passenger escaped with minor injuries. The following morning all three were rescued by a Canadian Armed Forces heliocopter. On the morning of the accident, the pilot and a passenger had refuelled the aircraft from sealed drum containers that had been delivered to the Mary's Harbour airstrip three weeks prior to the accident. A cloth was used to strain the fuel during the refuelling process of the center and aft tank, which were filled. No fuel was added to the forward tank as it was already full. The flight to Clayton's Pond was conducted in VFR conditions at 1,500 feet, altough the pilot elected to descend to approximately 1000 feet to remain clear of towering clouds that were noticed along the way. During this time the pilot moved the fuel selector from the aft. tank position to the center tank position which five to ten minutes later the engine quit without warning. The fuel selector was then moved to the forward tank position and after some delay the engine was succesfully restarted and ran for approximetaly 10 to 20 seconds before it quit again. The fuel selector was again moved to the center tank position, however the engine did not restart prior to the aircraft impacting the trees. Prior to his departure from Mary's Harbour, the pilot had left a flight note and map with several people indicating his return before nightfall. When the aircrfat did not return the following morning, the RCMP detachment in Mary's Harbour were notified . The Halifax RCC had already initiated a search after receiving a strong ELT signal from SARSAT. Rescue was delayed due to the ELT not activating on impact and decision by occupants to not manual activate the Elt to conserve battery power before the following morning due to nightfall was near and weather was slowly deteriorating. A short time later RCC was on the scene and transported the occupants to the hospital in St. Anthony. The Cause of the engine failure is presently undetermined. More to follow. TSB File # A00A0103 TSB Update 17-Aug-2000 : The salvage team that recovered the aircraft, had to drain the fuel from the aircraft tanks to facilitate slinging of the fuselage, which would be tranported to a storage facility. While draining the center tank, maintenance observed a considerable amount of water present. Further inspection revealed varying quantities of water in other areas of the fuel system , including the Carburetor Fuel Strainer, Float bowl , and Wobble Pump fuel lines.

October 18, 1998

Incident at Deer Lake NF

CFPMA DH2 departing Deer lake was observed to have fluid coming from the aircraft. Flight returned Deer Lake and landed safely. Pilot advised that the fuel cap had been left off after refueling. Nil TSB

November 16, 1997

Incident at Prince George, B.C.

C-GIFH (DH2 on floats) requested ERS standby while a landing was carried out on the grass strip adjacent to runway 19.

February 25, 1997

Incident at Victoria Harbour

TN72355 DH2 departed Victoria Harbour at 1711Z. JBA709 SK76 cancelled IFR at 1712Z, estimating the harbour at 1714Z. FSS acknowleged and advised JBA709 of TN72355. JBA709 did not respond but advised later that he took evasive action to avoid TN72355 at the same altitude. TN72355 reported he had JBA709 in sight but not until they passed.

January 29, 1997

Accident at Graham Island, Queen Charlotte Islands

C-FGYO DH2 flipped over while taxing in a strong wind on Eden Lake, Graham Island, in the Queen Charlottes. There were three souls on board - no injuries.

February 8, 1997

Incident at DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD)

C-FJOF (?) DH2 on skis possibly Wilderness Air (?) N8694F departed Dryden Airport with special VFR approval at 1512Z on a local flight southwest bound. At 1517Z, the pilot of N8694F advised he had to take evasive action to avoid a near miss with a Beaver on skis approximately 4-5 miles southwest of the Dryden Airport. The aircraft missed each other by 15-20 feet.

September 13, 1996

Incident at Sandspit

At 1533Z C-GUJI departed Sandspit Runway 12. At approx. 1539Z the pilot of the DH2 reported rough running engine, and advised that he would be returning. Aircraft landed safely at 1541Z.

August 30, 1996

Accident at Sandspit

At 1510Z C-GUJI departed Sandspit Runway 12. At approximately 1515Z C-GUJI reported engine failure. Aircraft landed in the water 1 1/2 miles south of Runway 30. Coast Guard responded and C-GUJI reported in tow at 1615Z. The DH2 was reported at Sandspit pier at 1808Z. No reported injuries - no damage to aircraft.

June 26, 1996

Incident at Victoria Harbour, British Columbia

At 0048Z, the S-76 called taxiing at Camel Point for a departure via Discovery Island for YVR. Aircraft was given advisory including an arriving and departing DH2. Approx. 20 seconds later, TN1455T a DH2T called 7 southeast with the advisory inbound for landing. At 0051Z, JBA725 called 4 nroth of Discovery Island and was given the advisroy with traffic as a Turbo Beaver reported 7 southeast inbound and company traffic off 2 minutes ago outbound via Discovery. At 0055Z, JBA860 cleared at Discovery and asked if the FSS had passed traffic inbound from the southeast. He was advised that the traffic had called shortly after his departure. The pilot of JBA860 called indicating he had taken evasive action to avoid a DH2T.

December 6, 1993

Incident at YELLOWKNIFE

DH2 BEAVER AIR TINDI C-FOED. DURING FULL POWER RUNUP EXPERIENCED FAILURE OF REVERSE PITCH WHICH CAUSED A/C TO HIT A SNOW BANK, DAMAGING PROP & TOP SECURITY WIRE OF FENCE. TIME - 1615Z. ACTION - SAH.

August 7, 1993

Incident at DOUGLAS LAKE

DH2 C-FNOT - ON CLIMB OUT, ENGINE BEGAN TO MALFUNCTION & SUBSEQUENTLY FAILED. PILOT SUCCESSFULLY LANDED ON DOUGLAS LAKE WITH NO DAMAGE TO A/C. OPERATOR SUSPECTS AN INTERNAL FAILURE OF THE RECENTLY OVERHAULED ENGINE. ENGINE WILL BE RETURNED TO THE OVERHAUL FACILITY. TIME - 1200Z. ACTION - PAX PAH PAE.

February 11, 1993

Incident at SIOUX LIIKOUT

DH2 BEAVER C-FOES - THE SKI-EQUIPPED DH2 WAS FLYING AT 4000 FT WHEN SMOKE ENTERED THE CABIN THROUGH THE HEATING SYSTEM. THE PILOT NOTICED THE ENGINE OIL PRESSURE FLUCTUATING AND LANDED IMMEDIATELY ON A LAKE. AFTER LANDING, THE PILOT SAW AN ABNORMALLY LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATION AND SHUT DOWN THE ENGINE. TIME = 1810Z.