November 7, 2018

Incident at 4NM SW OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW)

A First Air Boeing 737-406 (C-FFNC/FAB860) from Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier, ON (CYOW) to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) reported an equipment problem and requested to be kept on radar vectoring at 5 000 feet near CYOW. FAB860 did not declare an emergency. No impact on operations.

October 28, 2017

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

A First Air Boeing 737-436 (C-FFNM/FAB860) on a flight from Ottawa/MacDonald-Cartier, ON (CYOW) to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) reported a bird strike on takeoff Runway 07. No remains found.

April 10, 2017

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

A First Air Boeing 737-436 (C-FFNM/FAB860) from Ottawa, ON (CYOW) to Iqualuit, NU (CYFB) rejected take-off Runway 25 due to a cockpit indication. The aircraft returned to the gate. No impact on operations.

March 24, 2017

Incident at 170NM N OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW)

A First Air Boeing 737-400 (FAB860) from Ottawa/MacDonald-Cartier (CYOW), ON, to Iqaluit (CYFB), NU, requested to return to CYOW due to a problem with the aircraft. No emergency declared. The aircraft landed safely at 1611Z. No impact on operations.

February 19, 2017

Incident at 5NM S OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW)

A First Air Boeing 737-406 (C-FFNE/FAB860) from Ottawa, ON (CYOW) to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) requested to return to CYOW due to an equipment issue on board. No emergency declared. The aircraft landed without incident at 1527Z. No impact on operations.

October 7, 2016

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A First Air Boeing 737-436 (C-FFNM/FAB860) from Ottawa, ON (CYOW) to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) reported hitting a bird on departure from Runway 07. One sparrow was found on the runway. No impact on operations.

August 29, 2016

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A First Air Boeing 737-436 (C-FFNM/FAB860) from Ottawa, ON (CYOW) to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) hit a seagull on departure from Runway 32. The runway was inspected and 1 seagull was found. No impact on the operation.

June 18, 2016

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A First Air Boeing 737-406 (C-FFNE / FAB860) from Ottawa, ON (CYOW) to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) reported seeing dead birds on the runway as the aircraft taxied to position. Two dead starlings were found by the staff vehicle. There was no operational impact reported.

April 27, 2016

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A First Air Boeing 737-406 (C-FFNE / FAB860) from Ottawa, ON (CYOW) to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) aborted takeoff from Runway 32 due to a cockpit indication. The aircraft Initially requested no assistance but subsequently requested emergency services due to possible hot brakes. The aircraft was towed off the Runway approximately 15 minutes later. There was no operational impact.
UPDATE: TSB#A16O0052: C-FFNE, a First Air Boeing B737-400, was operating as flight FAB860 from Ottawa/MacDonald- Cartier Intl, ON (CYOW) destined for Iqaluit, NU (CYFB). While on the take-off roll at 120 knots, the aft cargo door light illuminated and the crew aborted the take-off. Following the rejected take-off, the crew declared an emergency with ATC due to hot brakes. ARFF responded and reported a brake temperature of 200 degrees. The operator?s maintenance examination of the aircraft identified a faulty door micro-switch. There was no damage to the brakes.

April 6, 2016

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

A First Air Boeing 737-736 (C-FFNM/FAB860) from Ottawa, ON (CYOW) to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) aborted takeoff twice due to a cockpit indication and returned to the gate to sort out the issue. No impact on the operation.

February 4, 2016

Incident at IQALUIT NU (CYFB)

A First Air Boeing 737-406 (C-FFNE/FAB860) from Ottawa / MacDonald-Cartier, ON (CYOW) to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) conducted a missed approach Runway 34 due to a 15 kts wind shear at 500 feet while on final. No impact on operations.

September 3, 2015

Incident at 544705N0725942W

Update from Maintenance & Manufacturing: Flight 860 (First Air) operated by Flair, C-FLER diverted back to Ottawa, ON (CYOW), mid-flight. During cruise, the right hand main landing gear red light illuminated. There was no evidence of the gear physically hanging out. The crew carried out the quick reference handbook (QRH) procedures and there was no change in indication. On approach, the gear was selected down and 3 green lights illuminated (no reds) and normal landing was carried out. Maintenance discovered a partially broken wire going into the right landing gear uplatch proximity switch, which was the old style without extra strain relief. No visible damage noted. The proximity switch (with hard-wired pigtail) was replaced and landing gear indication was checked serviceable. The flight safety was not compromised and the turn back was for maintenance consideration. This event has been entered in the Safety Management System (SMS).
A First Air Boeing 737-46B (C-FLER/ FAB860) from Ottawa, ON (CYOW) to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) reported an unknown problem and decided to return to CYOW. FAB860 landed safely at 1628Z. No impact on operations.

July 5, 2015

Incident at 25 MILLES NE LA GRANDE-4, QC, NDB (YFM)

The pilot of a First Air Boeing 737 400 (FAB860), from Ottawa (CYOW), ON, to Iqaluit (CYFB), NU, asked to return to land to CYOW due to a systemic problem. The pilot did not declare an emergency and landed at 1737Z without incident.

October 10, 2015

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

A First Air Boeing 737-46B (C-FLER/ FAB860) from Ottawa, ON (CYOW) to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) had a bird strike on departure Runway 32. 1 sparrow found. No impact on operations.

February 28, 2014

Incident at 25 NE MANIWAKI QC (CYMW)

A First Air Boeing 737 217 (C-GCPT/FAB860), from Ottawa (CYOW) to Iqaluit (CYFB), notified ATC that it was starting a rapid descent because of a pressurization problem. FAB860 conducted a level flight at FL240 for several minutes and climbed back to FL310 for a normal finish to its flight to CYFB. No emergency was declared. No impact on operations.
Update: Follow-up information received from Airworthiness ? East [2014/03/03]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The CASI contacted the operator and was informed that the flight crew initiated an emergency descent after the Cabin Altitude Alert warning went off. The flight crew selected Manual Mode and control over the cabin was regained. Once cabin pressure was back under control, the flight crew continued with the climb. Maintenance staff verified that minimum equipment list (MEL) relief was available and explained that ice build-up on the outflow may cause this issue. Maintenance staff performed system checks at CYFB and could not fault the Auto or Manual pressurization system. The system was placed under MEL and Ottawa Maintenance staff performed additional checks after the aircraft returned to Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW). The Pressurization Control System was operationally tested and declared serviceable. The CASI was satisfied with the operator?s actions and advised that no further Transport Canada follow-up was required at this time.

April 30, 2014

Incident at 204 NM S IQALUIT NU (CYFB)

Update TSB Report #A14Q0051: A Cargojet Airways Boeing 727-225A (C-GCJQ), with three crew members on board, was conducting an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight, from Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) to Hamilton, ON (CYHM). About 10 minutes after entering stable cruise flight at 36000 feet, engine no. 2 (P&W JT8D-15) started to show signs of compressor stall. Power was reduced; the crew declared an emergency and asked to return to Iqaluit where the aircraft landed without incident.
A Cargojet Airways Boeing 727 200 (CJT8761) from Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) to Hamilton, ON (CYHM) declared an emergency due to a engine failure, CJT8761 requested to return to CYFB. CJR8761 landed safely at 1612Z. Two aircraft, a First Air Boeing 737 400 (FAB860) and a Canadian North Boeing 737 200 (MPE439) from Ottawa, ON (CYOW) to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) had to be slowed down to give priority to CJT8761. No other impact on operations.
Update: Follow-up information received from Airworthiness ? West [2014-06-11]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The CASI contacted the operator and was advised that the operator this was not an engine failure, rather, it was a loss of power resulting from a compressor stall (not uncommon for the B-727 #2 engine due to the long inlet ?S? duct). The engine was not shut down (although this condition requires that the power lever be retarded). Maintenance staff inspected the #2 engine inlet and exhaust and replaced the fuel control unit (FCU). The engine was subsequently ground run and operated normally. The aircraft was returned to service. No Service Difficulty report (SDR) was submitted. The CASI was satisfied with the information provided and advised that no further Transport Canada follow-up was required at this time.

November 22, 2013

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

Update: Follow-up information received from Airworthiness ? East [2013/11/27]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The CASI was advised that the flight crew aborted the take-off (at a speed of less than 20 knots) shortly after advancing the throttles due to a take-off configuration warning. Maintenance staff reported testing the take-off warning system per the maintenance manual with no faults found. Maintenance staff noted that the stabilizer trim selection used by the crew was on the very edge of the green band. The aircraft was returned to service. The CASI advised that no further action was required at this time.
A First Air Boeing 737 400 (FAB860) from Ottawa, ON (CYOW) to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) aborted take off due to a cockpit indication. No impact on the operation.

May 11, 2012

Incident at near Maniwaki NDB (YMW)

The First Air Boeing 737-200 series aircraft (operating as flight FAB860) had departed on a scheduled IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit airport (CYFB). NAV CANADA staff at Montréal ACC reported that the aircraft was near the Maniwaki NDB (YMW) when the flight crew advised of a windshield problem and requested to return to Ottawa (M-CIA). No emergency was declared and priority handling was not requested. Ops. impact -- none. __________ FAB860 a indiqué avoir un problème de pare-brise et a demandé à retourner à CYOW. Aucune urgence ni priorité demandées. Aucun impact sur l'exploitation.

July 22, 2011

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW) (TCAS alert, ELT, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The Ottawa Aviation Services Inc. Cessna 172M aircraft (C-FRFQ) was conducting a local VFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW). The First Air Boeing 737-200 series aircraft (operating as FAB860) was conducting an IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). NAV CANADA staff at Ottawa Tower reported that the pilot of the Cessna aircraft failed to follow ATC instructions resulting in a TCAS RA reported by the flight crew of FAB860 on take-off from runway 32. Ops. impact - none.

May 17, 2011

Incident at over central Québec

The First Air Boeing 737-200 series aircraft (operating as flight FAB860) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). NAV CANADA staff at Montréal ACC reported that the flight crew had advised that the windshield had cracked and requested to return to Ottawa (M-CIA). No emergency was declared. The aircraft landed on runway 07 without incident at 1601Z. Ops. impact -- none. __________ FAB860 a rapporté que son barre-brise était fissuré et a demandé d'être redirigé vers CYOW. Aucune urgence déclarée. Il a atterri sans encombre sur la piste 07 à 1601Z. Aucun impact sur l'exploitation.

April 12, 2011

Incident at 130NM north of Ottawa

The First Air Boeing 737-200 series aircraft (operating as flight FAB860) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). NAV CANADA staff at Montréal ACC reported that the aircraft was approximately 130NM north of Ottawa when the flight crew requested to return due to a sick passenger. No emergency was declared. The aircraft landed without incident at 1407Z. Ops. impact -- unknown. __________ FAB860 a demandé de retourner à CYOW à cause d'un passager malade. Auncun urgence déclaré. Il a atterri sans encombre à 1407Z.

August 7, 2010

Incident at Environ 150NM au sud-ouest de Kuujjuaq (CYVP)

FAB860, a Boeing 737-200 operated by First Air, was on an IFR flight from Ottawa (CYOW) to Iqaluit (CYFB). When they were at approximately 150 NM southwest of Kuujjuaq (CYVP), the crew reported having lost the certification for reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) and requested to descend below FL290. There was no impact on ATC operations.

October 8, 2010

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

The Bradley Air Services Limited - First Air Boeing 737-700 aircraft (operating as FAB860) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). The flight crew asked to return to Ottawa due to an unspecified problem. No emergency was declared. The aircraft landed without incident at 1730Z. Ops. impact - none.

January 31, 2010

Incident at IQALUIT NU (CYFB)

FAB860 reported in missed approach RWY 35 at 1708Z. Aircraft proceeded to alternate airport CYYR. No impact on operations. METAR CYFB 311700Z 33031KT 1 1/2SM R35/1200V2200FT/D -SN BLSN OVC029 M18/M19 A2898 RMK/BLSN6SC2 VIS N 1/2 SLP816.

December 3, 2009

Incident at 120NM au nord d'Ottawa (CYOW)

FAB860, un Boeing 737 exploité par First Air, effectuait un vol selon les règles de vol aux instruments (IFR) depuis Ottawa (CYOW) à destination d'Iqaluit (CYFB). À 120 milles nautiques au nord d'Ottawa, l'aéronef a été observé quittant le niveau de vol 317, alors que le pilote avait été autorisé et avait relu un niveau de vol 310. L'équipage a été autorisé à descendre au niveau de vol 310. Il n'y a eu aucune perte d'espacement. Aucun impact sur les opérations ATC.*** ** *** FAB860, a Boeing 737 operated by First Air, was conducting an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight from Ottawa (CYOW) to Iqaluit (CYFB). While flying 120 NM north of Ottawa, the aircraft was observed leaving FL 317, when the pilot had been cleared for and read back FL 310. The crew was instructed to descend to FL 310. There was no resulting loss of separation. ATC operations were unaffected.

November 23, 2009

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

Ottawa Control Tower, Ottawa MacDonald - Cartier International Airport, Ottawa, ON (CYOW) reports that the following aircraft operated in low visibility; While departing with a reported 1/4 mile visibility, Runway Visual Range (RVR) of 1,400 feet were Jazz JZA850, Air Canada ACA477, ACA443, ACA684, and First Air FAB5066. While landing with a reported visibility of between 1/8 to 1/4 mile visibility, RVR from 2,000 - 1,600 feet were Skyservice Cessna 560XL, C-GUPC, Air Canada ACA675 and Porter Airlines POE245 and POE 247. While taxiing with a reported 1/8 mile visibility and a RVR 2,000 feet were First Air FAB860, Porter Airlines POE245 and Shuttle America TCF7576. Ops. impact - unknown

October 2, 2009

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW) (Weather - visibility, Weather - other)

NAV CANADA staff at Montréal ACC reported that due to local weather conditions, three (3) aircraft (ACA673, POE250 and WJA458) arriving at Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) had to conduct missed approaches to runway 07. Six (6) other aircraft (CJT574, JZA7726, ACA440, POE245, ACA193 and JZA797) were given holds while waiting for the weather conditions to improve. Ops. impact -- unknown. METAR Reports: CYOW 021100Z 26004KT 1/8SM R07/1800FT/N R32/1600FT/N FG VV001 03/02 A2997 RMK FG8 SLP155= CYOW 021200Z 00000KT 1/8SM R07/1400FT/N R32/1600FT/N FG VV001 03/02 A2998 RMK FG8 SLP156= __________ Dû aux conditions météorologiques, les vols suivants ont effectué des approches interrompues: RWY07 ACA673, POE250 et WJA458. Les appareils suivants étaient en circuit d'attente en prévision de l'amélioration des conditions météo: CJT574, JZA7726, ACA440 POE245 ACA193 et JZA797
UPDATE Supplemental information received from NAV CANADA A.O.D.R. [#112109-V1]: NAV CANADA staff at Ottawa (M-CIA) control tower filed a supplementary report of fog-related events to compliment their original report [A.O.D.R. #112103 above]. One (1) additional missed approach was included (APO713); three (3) aircraft were reported to be taxiing while the aerodrome visibility was 1/8SM (a Skyservice Business Aviation Bombardier aircraft (C-FJNS); a Canadian Armed Forces aircraft (CFC3066); and a Skywest Airlines Bombardier CRJ (SKW5863)). NAV CANADA staff reported four (4) departures below RVR 2600: SKW5863 (1800), EGF4264 (2000), FAB860 (1600) and TCF7576 (1800).

May 30, 2009

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

UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Initial Notification [#A09O0094]: First Air flight FAB860, a Boeing 727-233 aircraft, was climbing out of Ottawa (M-CIA) when the flight crew received an engine fire indication on the number two engine (PRATT & WHITNEY-USA, JT8D-15). The flight crew performed the engine fire drill and discharged one fire bottle. The fire indication light extinguished after the first fire bottle and the engine was shut down as per procedures. The flight diverted back to Ottawa (M-CIA) and landed without further incident. Maintenance staff found that the 13th stage anti-ice duct had failed.
The First Air Boeing 727-200 series aircraft (operating as flight FAB860) was departing on a scheduled IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). On take-off, the flight crew advised they had to shut down their center engine. They indicated that they would be returning to the airport but needed to dump fuel first. The flight crew did not declare an emergency but requested the presence of the emergency vehicles. The aircraft landed without incident at 1404Z after conducting a fuel dump at 6,000 feet from 1332Z (45º43'N 076º03'W) to 1343Z (45º55'N 074º55'W). Ops. impact -- unknown.

April 18, 2009

Incident at 85NM north of Ottawa

The Bradley Air Services Limited - First Air Boeing 737-248C aircraft (C-FNVT, operating as flight FAB860) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). The aircraft was approximately 85NM north of Ottawa when the flight crew reported a pressurization problem and requested to return to Ottawa (M-CIA). No emergency was declared and priority handling was not requested. The aircraft landed without incident on runway 32 at 1354Z. Ops. impact -- unknown. __________ Le pilote mentionne un problème de pressurisation et demande à revenir à CYOW. Aucune urgence déclarée ou priorité demandée. Au sol sans encombres RWY32 à 1354Z.

April 7, 2009

Incident at about 80NM from YMT

The Bradley Air Services - First Air Boeing 737-200 series aircraft (operating as flight FAB860) was on an IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). The aircraft was approximately 80NM from Chibougamau/Chapais when the flight crew reported a cracked windshield and requested a lower altitude to return to Ottawa (M-CIA). No emergency and priority handling was not requested. Ops. impact -- unknown.

October 21, 2008

Incident at 100NM SW IQALUIT NU (CYFB) (ATS operating irregularity)

An operating irregularity occurred when FAB860, a Boeing 727-200 operated by First Air was conducting an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight from Ottawa (CYOW) to Iqaluit (CYFB). The Boeing was authorized to descend to FL290 and was transferred to the next subunit, while VDA4408, a Russian Antonov conducting an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight from Keflavik (BIKF) to Winnipeg (CYWG), was at FL300 in the opposite direction. No loss of separation occurred; however, separation was not ensured.

February 22, 2008

Incident at en-route from Ottawa (M-CIA) to Iqaluit

UPDATE Further follow-up information received from Maintenance & Manufacturing [2008/02/25]: A CASI was advised that the flight crew had reported that, "After take-off, roll encountered, 2-3 rudder trim input, flap gauges normal. Visual inspection showed R/H inboard tab extended." The maintenance report was "R/H inboard flap access panels for tab system removed, tab operating mechanism inspected and re-set, no discrepancies found, R/H inboard tab rollers cleaned and re-greased. Ops. checked serviceable. Flap panel re-installed." The aircraft was flown on a test flight Friday night with no defects and was back on the line on Saturday with no further reports of problems.
The Bradley Air Services Limited - First Air Boeing 737-2R4C aircraft (operating as flight FAB860) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). The aircraft was about an hour and a half north of Ottawa when the flight crew requested to return to Ottawa (M-CIA) due to an unspecified flap problem. After a while, the flight crew declared an emergency and requested to hold while they burned off some fuel. The aircraft landed without incident at 1628Z. Ops. impact -- unknown. __________ FAB860 a demandé à être acheminé vers CYOW en raison d'un problème de volet. Par la suite il a déclaré une urgence et demandé un circuit d'attente afin de bruler du carburant. Au sol sans encombre à 1628z.
UPDATE Follow-up information received from Maintenance & Manufacturing [2008/02/22]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) spoke with the operator's Maintenance staff about this occurrence. The CASI was informed that it was an asymetrical flap issue. The company is investigating the cause of the problem and will report on their findings to the CASI. More information to follow.
UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Initial Notification [#A08O0039]: First Air flight FAB860, a Boeing 737-200 aircraft, departed Ottawa (M-CIA) for Iqaluit. When the flaps were selected up, the flight crew noted the aircraft required more trim than usual. A visual inspection of the flaps showed that the right inboard flap was slightly extended. The flight crew declared an emergency and the aircraft circled Ottawa for an extended period to burn off fuel and lower the landing weight. The aircraft landed without further incident. The right flap inboard tab was checked and re-set with no discrepancies found.

January 10, 2008

Incident at north of Ottawa

UPDATE Follow-up information received from Maintenance & Manufacturing [2008/01/11]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) spoke with the operator's Maintenance staff about this occurrence. The CASI was advised that the standby horizon failed so the flight crew elected to return to base for repair.
The Bradley Air Services Limited - First Air Boeing 727-2R4C aircraft (operating as flight FAB860) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). The aircraft was over the Maniwaki NDB (YMW) when the flight crew requested to return to Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) due to an unspecified instrumentation problem. No emergency was declared and priority handling was not requested. The aircraft landed on runway 32 at 1528Z without incident. Ops. impact -- none. __________ FAB860 à 1508Z (A/YMW) demande un retour vers CYOW. Problème d'instrumentation. Pas d'urgence ou de priorité. Au sol CYOW RWY 32 à 1528Z sans encombre. Aucun impact sur l'exploitation.

December 4, 2007

Incident at À l'ouest du point d'intersection OBRET

FAB860, a Boeing 737 operated by First Air, was on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight from Ottawa (CYOW) to Iqaluit (CYFB). West of intersection point OBRET and after performing several verifications at various flight levels, the crew advised that they wanted to continue on their flight to Iqaluit at flight level 270 rather than flight level 290. No reason was specified. No impact on ATC operations. *** *** *** FAB860, un Boeing 737 exploité par First Air, effectuait un vol selon les règles de vol aux instruments (IFR) depuis Ottawa (CYOW) à destination d'Iqaluit (CYFB). À l'ouest du point d'intersection OBRET et après avoir effectué plusieurs vérifications à divers niveaux de vol, l'équipage a avisé qu'il désirait poursuivre son vol vers Iqaluit au niveau de vol 270 plutôt que le niveau de vol 290. Aucune raison n'a été spécifiée. Aucun impact sur les opérations ATC.

September 8, 2007

Incident at MANIWAKI QC (CYMW)

First Air Boeing 737-200 FAB860 was on an IFR from Ottawa (CYOW) to Iqaluit (CYFB). At 1520Z, 20 nautical miles south of the Maniwaki YMW NDB beacon, the crew asked to be diverted to Ottawa for an unspecified reason. At 10 nautical miles southeast of Ottawa, the crew reported, without declaring an emergency, that it had to shut down an engine. The aircraft landed on runway 32 without incident at 1537Z. *** ** *** FAB860, un Boeing 737-200, exploité par First Air, effectuait un vol selon les règles de vol aux instruments (IFR) depuis Ottawa (CYOW) à destination d'Iqaluit (CYFB). À 1520Z, à vingt milles nautiques au sud du radiophare de Maniwaki (YMW NDB), l'équipage a demandé à être réacheminé vers Ottawa pour une raison non spécifiée. À dix milles nautiques au sud-est d'Ottawa, l'équipage a avisé, sans déclarer d'urgence, qu'il devait fermer un moteur. L'aéronef atterrit sur la piste 32 à 1537Z sans encombre.

December 7, 2007

Incident at 82NM north of Ottawa

The Bradley Air Services Limited Boeing 737 aircraft (operating as FAB860) had just started an IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). The flight crew reported an electrical problem when the aircraft was approximately 82NM north of Ottawa. The flight crew requested to return to Ottawa (M-CIA). An emergency was not declared but the flight crew asked for ARFF services to stand by for the landing. The aircraft landed without incident on runway 32 at 1706Z. Ops. impact -- unknown. __________ Le pilote rapporte un problème électrique et demande à revenir à CYOW. Ce dernier ne déclare pas d'urgence mais demande la présence de l'équipement à l'atterrissage. L'appareil s'est posé sans encombres RWY32 à 1706Z.
UPDATE Follow-up information received from Maintenance & Manufacturing [2007/12/13]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) received detailed information from the operator's Maintenance staff about this occurrence. The CASI asked if the connection had previously been replaced and was advised that it had not.
UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Initial Notification (#A07O0328): The First Air Boeing 737-200 aircraft (operating as flight FAB860) had departed with the tank #1 forward boost pump on the MEL. After take-off, the centre tank #2 boost pump circuit breaker tripped. The flight crew returned to Ottawa (M-CIA) and requested that ARFF be on standby. Shortly after the tank #1 aft boost pump circuit breaker tripped. The aircraft landed without further incident. Maintenance staff reported that all of the tripped circuit breakers were from the #1 generator bus. The #1 generator was replaced and during the ensuing troubleshooting, Maintenance staff found that the generator ground wire was burnt at the ground connection as a result of a loose connection or corrosion. The wire was repaired and further ground tests revealed no further faults. The aircraft was returned to service.

September 8, 2007

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

Initial information received from T.S.B. Initial Notification (#A07O0250): First Air flight FAB860, a Boeing B-737-217 airplane, experienced high oil temperature in the #1 engine (Pratt and Whitney JT8D-17 turbofan) shortly after departing Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) on a flight to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). A precautionary shutdown was carried out. The flight returned to Ottawa (M-CIA). No emergency was declared and the airplane landed without further incident. The high oil temperature was attributed to a malfunctioning #1 position fuel heat valve. The valve was replaced and the airplane returned to service.
UPDATE Follow-up information received from Maintenance & Manufacturing [2007/09/14]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) advised that the company reported that this was the first flight after a fuel heater valve change. After take-off, the oil temperature climbed so it was decided to return to base, where the valve was replaced again. The valve that caused the temperature increase was found to have had the butterfly valve incorrectly installed at the last shop visit (it was 'closed' instead of 'open'). The operator's Maintenance staff are investigating the cause of this as these repairs have been accomplished at their in-house Avionics shop in Ottawa for quite some time and this is the first time they have had a problem of this nature.

December 12, 2006

Incident at 50NM north of Chiboo (Chapais) NDB (MT)

The First Air Boeing 727 aircraft (operating as FAB860) was on an IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). The aircraft was approximately 50NM north of the Chiboo (Chapais) NDB (MT) when the flight crew declared a medical emergency due to an ill passenger. The flight crew requested to return to Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW). The aircraft landed without incident on runway 07 at 1557Z. Ops. impact -- unknown.

September 19, 2005

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown, Aerodrome - operations)

The First Air Boeing 727 aircraft (operating as FAB860) was departing on a scheduled IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). The aircraft took off from runway 32 and the flight crew reported that a bird strike had occurred. The runway was closed for an inspection and the remains of one (1) seagull were recovered. Ops. impact -- one (1) departing flight (Canjet Airlines flight CJA124, Boeing 737-500) departing runway 14 was delayed approximately five (5) minutes while the runway was being cleaned.

October 4, 2004

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

*** NOTE: *** This report was not filed by NAV CANADA staff, First Air staff or Ottawa (M-CIA) staff. The First Air Boeing 727 combi aircraft (C-GXFA, operating as 7F860) was preparing to depart on a scheduled IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). The aircraft was pushed back from the gate and had started to taxi to the departure runway when passengers at the back of the aircraft started experiencing breathing problems and choking. Passengers throughout the cabin began experiencing similar breathing difficulties progressively (from the rear of the cabin to the front of the cabin) as the cabin gradually filled with smoke. The oxygen masks were not deployed. The aircraft was evacuated (via the rear air stairs) and the passengers and crew were taken to the terminal building for medical treatment by paramedics. A Commercial & Business Aviation Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) was aware of this incident and advised that a hydraulic line suffered a pin hole leak and was spraying a fine mist of hydraulic fluid onto a cabin heater duct. The aircraft was checked and removed from service for a day while the problem was tracked down and rectified. The passengers flew out later that day on a different aircraft.
Follow-up information recieved from Maintenance & Manufacturing [2004/10/19]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) advised that during trouble-shooting of the air conditioning/hydraulic system, it was found that a hydraulic pressure line going to the tail skid actuator in the aft cargo bay (left side near station 1175) was leaking through a pin hole. The line was repaired with kit P/N BACC42W04T and checked serviceable with no leaks. The system was also checked with the engines running for 15 minutes, both packs on and the gasper fan on with no fumes observed. The aircraft was returned to service.

May 13, 2004

Incident at OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW) (Overshoot/missed approach, Conflict - potential, ATS operating irregularity)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pilatus PC-12/45 turbopropeller aircraft (C-GFLA) was being flown for some VFR training at Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW). The aircraft had been issued a clearance for a stop-and-go landing on runway 07. At almost the same time, the Tower Controller also gave permission to the Ground Controller to let the First Air Boeing 727 aircraft (operating as FAB860) to cross runway 07. The flight crew on C-GFLA saw the Boeing 727 crossing the runway and initiated an overshoot. Ops. impact -- unknown.

November 14, 2003

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

Left Ottawa (CYOW) for Iqaluit (CYFB), flight FAB860 has being rebooked to avoid zone CYA601 (F) active between 17000 ' and the level of flight FL310, and the aircraft had no communication with the area control centre (ACC). .

January 14, 2003

Incident at en-route between Ottawa and Iqaluit

Supplemental information from T.S.B. Initial Notification (#A03O0011): While the First Air Boeing 727, registration C-GFXA, was climbing to flight level 290, the number two engine ""low oil pressure filter bypass"" light illuminated. The flight crew declared an emergency, shutdown the engine (Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15), dumped fuel, and returned to Ottawa for an uneventful landing with AFF on standby. Maintenance determined that a failed micro switch resulted in a false low pressure indication.
The First Air Boeing 727 aircraft (C-GXFA, operating as FAB860) was on an IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). The flight departed Ottawa at 1500Z. Approximately 41 minutes later, Montréal ACC advised that the aircraft was returning to Ottawa due to the failure of the #2 engine. The aircraft was vectored to runway 32 at the flight crew's request. The aircraft landed without further incident at 1622Z. Ops. impact -- unknown.

August 25, 2002

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

The pilot of flight FAB860 from Ottawa (CYOW) to Iqualuit (CYFB) asked the flight services station (FSS) to contact the airline dispatcher about a temperature gauge that was out by 150 degrees. The information was relayed and the dispatcher told the crew to proceed to destination. Le pilote du vol FAB860, entre Ottawa (CYOW) et Iqualuit (CYFB), a demandé à la station d'information de vol (FSS) de contacter la répartition de sa compagnie au sujet d'un indicateur de température qui aurait des fluctuations de 150 degrés. Une fois l'information relayée, la répartition a demandé à l'équipage que le vol se rende à destination.

October 15, 2001

Incident at IQALUIT NU (CYFB)

At 15:45Z, FB FSS received an estimate from Monreal ACC on FAB860. At 16.29Z, FAB860 reported over Frobay VOR , outbound on full LOC BC 17 ETA landing in 5 minutes. The pilot did not comply with CARs 602.104 (2)(a)(1).

June 9, 2000

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

The Bradley Air Services Limited Boeing 727 aircraft (C-GFRB, operating as First Air flight FAB860) was on an IFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Iqaluit Airport (CYFB). The flight crew requested a return to Ottawa (M-CIA) for an unspecified reason. The flight crew dumped fuel from the aircraft from 1410Z to 1420Z and landed without difficulty at Ottawa (M-CIA) at 1444Z. Ops. impact -- unknown. The T.S.B. Duty Officer advised that the problem was smoke in the cockpit which dissipated while the aircraft was on approach. No emergency was declared but the flight crew requested ERS stand by for the landing. 84 S.O.B. -- seven (7) crew; 77 passengers. O.P.I.: PAH

August 20, 1998

Incident at 100NM N OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW)

FAB860, on an IFR flight from Ottawa/McDonald-Cartier Intl to Iqualuit, experienced pressurization problems in flight at approximately 100 nautical miles north of Ottawa. The crew decided to return to Ottawa, and had to dump fuel for 10 minutes before landing safely at 15:20. UPDATE: The cockpit outflow valve and the flow venturi were replaced and the aircraft returned to service. FAB860 en régime IFR de Ottawa/McDonald-Cartier Intl vers Iqaluit a connu des problèmes de pressurisation en vol à environ 100 milles nautiques au nord d'Ottawa. L'équipage a décidé de retourner à Ottawa et a dû larguer du carburant pendant 10 minutes avant d'atterrir sans problèmes à 15:20. MISE À JOUR: La vanne de régulation échappement cabine (outflow valve) et la vanne de réglage venturi (flow venturi) ont été remplacées et l'aéronef remis en service.

November 6, 1995

Incident at enroute Ottawa to Iqaluit

The aircraft was enroute Ottawa to Iqaluit at FL190 when a pressurization problem occurred. The pilot dumped fuel for 15 minutes before returning to Ottawa.

October 18, 1993

Incident at OTTAWA

B727 FIRST AIR FAB860 - A/C DEPARTED YOW AT 1400Z FOR IQALUIT. A/C RETURNED WITH #3 ENGINE DOWN. ERS ON STANDBY AS REQUESTED. A/C LANDED AT 1641Z SAFELY. OPS IMPACT - MININAL DELAYS. TIME = 1641Z. ACTION = PAX, PAH.