November 28, 2015

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ)

A passing pilot reported that fuel was leaking out of a parked privately registered Piper PA24. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) responded and drained fuel out of both tanks. No impact on operations.

January 31, 2015

Incident at In the vicinity of: SASKATOON / JOHN G. DIEFENBAKER INTL SK

UPDATE: TSB Report#A15C0013: The Piper PA24-250 aircraft departed Runway 09 at the John Diefenbaker airport in Saskatoon with only the pilot on board. During the initial climb, the pilot selected the landing gear up and then noticed smoke in the cockpit. The pilot elected to return to the airport and overshot the runway due to a landing gear issue. The pilot pulled the landing gear motor circuit breaker and then successfully lowered the landing gear using the manual extension. AARF was put on standby and the aircraft landed safely. It was reported that the landing gear motor had failed.
A privately registered Piper PA-24-250 from Saskatoon, SK (CYXE) to Richter Field, SK (CRF5) departed Runway 09 and shortly after declared an emergency reporting smoke in the cockpit. Pilot requested to turn around and land Runway 27. After clearance was given pilot overshot Runway 27 due to a reported gear problem. Pilot then requested to land on Runway 09 and reported the smoke had stopped. Aircraft landed safely on Runway 09 and taxied back to hangers. Fire hall was alerted. No impact on operations.

May 11, 2014

Incident at CYR538

After being authorized on Rockcliffe, ON (CYRO) frequency, a privately owned Piper PA24 was observed crossing CYR538 eastward at an altitude of 1200ft.
UPDATE: aircraft registration changed to a privately owned aircraft.

March 23, 2013

Incident at KITCHENER / WATERLOO ON (CYKF) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The privately-registered Piper PA-24-250 aircraft was on a VFR flight from [origin not reported] to Kitchener/Waterloo Regional Airport (CYKF). NAV CANADA staff at Waterloo Tower reported that the aircraft entered the control zone with no contact to control tower staff. The pilot's first call occurred when the aircraft was two (2) miles east of airport. Ops. impact -- minimal.

February 17, 2013

Incident at LONDON ON (CYXU)

The privately-registered Piper PA-24-250 aircraft was on a VFR flight from Barrie-Orillia (Lake Simcoe Regional) Airport (CYLS) to Chatham-Kent Airport (CYCK). NAV CANADA staff at London International Airport (CYXU) control tower reported that the pilot advised that the aircraft had experienced an electrical failure while overflying London International Airport at an altitude of 6,500 feet. The pilot was given the option to land at London International Airport but the pilot elected to continue on to Chatham-Kent Airport. Ops. impact -- unknown.

September 11, 2013

Incident at WINNIPEG / ST. ANDREWS MB (CYAV)

Update Maintenance & Manufacturing: Instructor saw some oil on the cowl and shutdown as a precautionary move. Dip stick was found off allowing oil to leak out, Dip stick replaced, oil level replenished and filter checked for metal.
A Winnipeg Aviation Piper PA-34-200 (C-FTNG) on a local flight from St. Andrews, MB (CYAV) called CYAV Tower inbound requesting minimum delay due to 1 engine shut down. The aircraft landed safely at 1511Z. No operational impact. 911 was called as a precaution. Emergency services were cancelled at 1510Z.
UPDATE: TSB REPORT#A13C0117: The Winnipeg Aviation Piper PA24-200 Seneca, C-FTNG was conducting training exercises when the crew noticed the left engine oil pressure begin to drop. The crew shut down the Lycoming 10-360 engine and returned to St. Andrews, MB where they conducted an uneventful landing. Maintenance is looking at the reason for the drop in oil pressure.

February 17, 2013

Incident at LETHBRIDGE AB (CYQL)

An American privately registered Piper PA24 on a VFR flight from Shelby (KSBX) to Lethbridge (CYQL) flew transborder without an active flight plan.

February 15, 2013

Incident at 15nm N of Portage La Prairie / Southport (CYPG)

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The aircraft was running a little rough , upon landing the roughness cleared up . The aircraft is currently in the Hangar being checked out.
15nm north of CYPG, a privately registered Piper PA24 on a IFR flight from Winnipeg (CYWG) to Dauphin (CYDN) advised ATC of a rough running engine and difficulties maintaining attitude due to reduced power. Pilot requested to divert to CYPG. Pilot did not declare emergency, no assistance requested. Aircraft landed safely at 2329Z with no impact to operation.

January 23, 2013

Incident at LETHBRIDGE AB (CYQL)

A privately registered Piper PA24 on a VFR flight called FIC inbound for CYQL on a flight plan from KBIL. No flight plan was on file. Queried Prescott and flight plan was filed and not activated. Prescott activated flight plan and sent to Edmonton prior to the aircraft landing in CYQL however pilot flew transborder without an active flight plan.

July 28, 2012

Incident at OTTAWA / GATINEAU QC (CYND)

A privately owned Piper PA-24 was on an IFR flight from Gatineau (CYND) to Burlington (CZBA). At 1553Z, the aircraft was seen turning left at 1 500 ft even though the CYND1 standard instrument departure (SID) procedure calls for a climb on the runway centreline to 4 000 ft, or as assigned by ATC. No impact on ATC operations.

August 12, 2012

Incident at PITT MEADOWS BC (CYPK)

A privately registered Piper PA24 on a VFR flight from Pitt Meadows (CYPK) to Abbotsford (CYXX). The pilot was told to line up runway 26L, pilot did so then departed without takeoff clearance.

August 4, 2012

Incident at OTTAWA / ROCKCLIFFE ON (CYRO) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The privately-operated Raven Aviation Inc. Piper PA-24 aircraft (C-FOIB) had just departed on a VFR flight from Ottawa (Rockcliffe) Airport (CYRO) to Brockville (Thousand Islands Regional - Tackaberry) Airport (CNL3). NAV CANADA staff at Montréal ACC reported that the aircraft was observed entering the Ottawa (Gatineau) Airport zone without establishing radio communications with Gatineau F.S.S. staff. Subsequently, the pilot did not comply with an ATC instruction to fly south on a heading within the Ottawa Class D airspace. Ops. impact -- unknown. __________ C-FOIB a été observé pénétrant la zone de Gatineau sans avoir au préalable établi la communication radio avec la FSS. Par la suite, C-FOIB n'a pas obtempéré à une instruction de l'ATC de voler sur un cap sud à l'intérieur de l'espace aérien de classe D. Aucun impact sur l'exploitation.

July 2, 2012

Incident at Nottawasaga Bay

The privately-registered Piper PA-24-250 aircraft was on a VFR flight from [origin and destination not reported]. A private citizen in the Wyeville area reported that the aircraft flew over his cottage on Nottawasaga Bay at least four (4) times that morning, at altitudes as low as an estimated 200 feet. This private citizen advised that this is a populated area. The pilot apparently was showing off as the aircraft dipped its wings on at least one of the passes. Ops. impact -- unknown.

May 6, 2012

Incident at MUSKOKA ON (CYQA)

The privately-registered Piper PA-24-260 Comanche aircraft was concluding a VFR flight from Brantford Municipal Airport (CYFD) to Muskoka Airport (CYQA). NAV CANADA staff at Timmins F.S.S. reported that at 2031Z, the pilot advised that the aircraft was in the missed approach for runway 36 with the intention to rejoin the circuit. The pilot did not advise of the reason but indicated that there may be a problem with the aircraft. The pilot did not declare an emergency and the landed without further incident at 2036Z. The Muskoka Airport Manager called Timmins F.S.S. staff later and advised that he had observed the aircraft have a propeller strike on the first landing attempt due to the aircraft's landing gear not being extended. Ops. impact -- unknown.
UPDATE follow-up information obtained by Analysis and Occurrence Reporting [2012/05/10]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) contacted the pilot about this occurrence. The CASI was advised that on the first approach to runway 36 at Muskoka Airport, the pilot did not lower the aircraft's landing gear. The pilot noted that the aircraft's aural warning system appears to have failed. The pilot recognized that the aircraft's landing gear were not down while the aircraft was in the flare and flew the aircraft in a go-around. The aircraft returned for landing without further event. The aircraft is awaiting repair at Muskoka Airport. No further follow-up necessary.

April 4, 2012

Incident at SAULT STE. MARIE ON (CYAM)

The privately-operated Sabiston Aviation Ltd. Piper PA-24-260 aircraft (C-GSER) was concluding a VFR flight from Ottawa (Carp) Airport (CYRP) to Sault Ste. Marie Airport (CYAM). NAV CANADA staff at Sault Ste. Marie Tower reported that the pilot advised (at 1318Z) that there was no green light confirming that the aircraft's landing gear was down. At 1320Z, the tower controller advised that the landing gear appeared to be down. The aircraft subsequently landed without incident at 1323Z. Ops. impact -- none.

March 17, 2012

Incident at SARNIA (CHRIS HADFIELD) ON (CYZR) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, ATM - other)

The privately owned and operated Piper PA24 250 aircraft was on a VFR flight from Port Huron (US) (KPHN) to Sarnia (CYZR). Upon arriving at Sarnia, the pilot contacted London Flight Information Centre to close his flight plan. Staff at the London FIC had not received a flight plan for this aircraft from US Flight Services.

September 10, 2012

Accident at 5 NM E of Swift Current

Winnipeg ACC reported that at 0400 z, the pilot of a private PA24, on a VFR flight plan from Saskatoon to Maple Creek, reported navigational issues and low fuel. The aircraft was below radar coverage. The pilot reported that he was in the vicinity of Swift Current and further reported at 0500 z that he had run out of fuel. All agencies were notified. 435 Sqn R338 from JRCC Trenton and Casara were tasked, but stood down prior to departure as the RCMP reported at 0600 z that the wreckage had been located about 5 miles east of Swift Current Airport. The lone pilot survived the crash and was badly injured. He was taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital. as the RCMP had located the wreckage.
UPDATE TSB reported that the private PA-24-250 Comanche flew from Maple Creek, SK, to Saskatoon, SK, to drop off a passenger and then flew back to Maple Creek, SK, without refueling. On arrival at Maple Creek the pilot decided to divert to Swift Current, SK, because of thunderstorm activity. In the turbulence, the cabin door popped open and the pilot's glasses got lost. The pilot had difficulty reading and setting radio frequencies. The pilot arrived in the vicinity of Swift Current airport and was unable to activate the ARCAL to land at Swift Current. Several agencies and other pilots in the vicinity attempted unsuccessfully to assist, but eventually, fuel was exhausted. A forced landing was made into a field about 5 miles east of Swift Current Airport. Reportedly, the pilot received minor injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged.

August 28, 2012

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

The pilot of a private PA-28 telephoned Edmonton FIC to close his flight plan at Springbank after a flight from Sandpoint, ID, but FIC received no flight plan for that aircraft. When the pilot filed with LM FSS, for some reason he used the registration of a different PA-24 and a flight plan for the different registration was received and the incorrect ident was discovered during QALQ phase. The pilot flew transborder without a flight plan.

July 17, 2012

Incident at YELLOWKNIFE NT (CYZF)

GALC departed runway 10 at 1529z, VFR flight plan for CYHY. 1500z weather 3SM FU 006 BKN. GALC was observed of course at 1900 asl on radar. Pilot confirmed he had entered cloud. GALC was instructed to descend and he regained ground contact soon after at 1500asl. GALC was provided a combination of radar, VDF and geographical navigational assistance to regain visual contact with the airfield. GALC safely landed runway 16 at 1539z.

May 31, 2012

Accident at PINCHER CREEK AB (CZPC)

The 85-year-old pilot of a private U.S. registered Piper PA-24 was on a flight from North Dakota to Kalispell, MT when the door apparently popped open and he subsequently became lost and disoriented. The aircraft ended up in Canadian airspace over southern Alberta, where the aircraft ran out of fuel. The pilot force-landed on a gravel road with the gear up, about 45 miles south of Pincher Creek. The pilot was not injured, but the aircraft sustained substantial damage. RCMP attended the site and arrangements were being made to have the aircraft removed from the road.
UPDATE TSB reported that the Piper PA-24-250 single engine Comanche was on a VFR flight from a farm strip near Crosby, North Dakota to Kalispell, Montana when the pilot became lost in marginal weather. The aircraft was forced landed on highway 774, near the Castle Mountain ski resort in southwest Alberta, after the engine (Lycoming O-540 series) stopped due to fuel exhaustion. The forced landing was conducted gear up, which resulted in substantial airframe and propeller damage. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured.

May 22, 2012

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

A private Piper PA-24 was inbound to Springbank and the pilot was instructed to maintain 6,000 feet but descended to 5,500 feet. He was then instructed to maintain 5,500 feet but descended to 5,000 feet. Upon landing, the pilot was instructed to exit onto Taxiway Alpha, but instead stopped at the edge of the runway. Multiple calls on air and ground frequencies went unanswered; eventually the pilot taxied down Taxiway Charlie without communication with Ground.

July 19, 2011

Incident at MONTRÉAL / PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU INTL QC (CYUL)

At Montreal/Trudeau (CYUL), a privately-owned Piper PA24 crossed the stop line of runway 24L at taxiway ALPHA 3 without authorization. No impact on ATC operations.

September 8, 2011

Incident at PITT MEADOWS BC (CYPK) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

Airport Management at Pitt Meadows (CYPK) observed the privately registered Piper PA24 250 depart when the runway had a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) issued notifying it was "Closed". This occurred prior to the Tower opening. Airport Management also reported that the west half of the runway was obscured by fog. No operational impact.

December 20, 2011

Incident at SAULT STE. MARIE ON (CYAM)

The privately-operated Sabiston Aviation Ltd. Piper PA-24-260 Comanche aircraft (C-GSER) was concluding a VFR flight from Ottawa (Carp) Airport (CYRP) to Sault Ste. Marie Airport (CYAM). NAV CANADA staff at Sault Ste. Marie Tower reported that the pilot had advised that the aircraft wasn't showing the proper gear down indication. The aircraft was flown in a low pass and all landing gear appeared to be in their normal positions. The aircraft returned to land routinely on runway 30 at 1422Z. Ops. impact -- none.

November 24, 2011

Accident at BURLINGTON EXECUTIVE ON (CZBA)

The privately-operated 1451866 Ontario Ltd. Piper PA-24-250 Comanche aircraft (C-GBHT) was concluding a VFR flight from Kitchener/Waterloo Regional Airport (CYKF) to Burlington Executive Airport (CZBA). NAV CANADA staff at Toronto ACC advised that the pilot of the aircraft had called NAV CANADA staff at London F.I.C. to report that the aircraft had landed on runway 32 with the landing gear retracted. There were no reported injuries. T.S.B. Duty Officer and J.R.C.C. Trenton staff advised at 0146Z. Ops. impact -- unknown.
UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Daily Notification [#A11O0233]: The privately-operated Piper PA-24-250 aircraft (C-GBHT) was on a VFR flight from Kitchener/Waterloo Regional Airport (CYKF) to Burlington Executive Airport (CZBA). During the approach, the landing gear was not selected down and the aircraft landed with the landing gear fully retracted. The aircraft received damage to the propeller, engine and lower fuselage skin. The pilot, the sole occupant, was uninjured.

October 29, 2011

Incident at MUSKOKA ON (CYQA) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The privately-operated Clear Skies Inc. Piper PA-24-260 Comanche aircraft (C-FDII) was on a local VFR flight from Muskoka Airport (CYQA). NAV CANADA staff at Timmins F.S.S. advised that the pilot failed to report that the aircraft was down and clear of the runway. A fueller advised by telephone that the aircraft had landed without incident and had exited the runway. Ops. impact -- unknown.

September 28, 2011

Incident at LONDON ON (CYXU) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The privately-registered Piper PA-24-250 Comanche aircraft was on a VFR flight from Brussels (Armstrong Field) Airport (CPD4) to Brantford Municipal Airport (CYFD). NAV CANADA staff at London International Airport (CYXU) control tower advised that the aircraft entered the London control zone without contacting ATC. When the aircraft was two (2) miles from the airport, the pilot contacted the tower and advised that he was lost. Ops. impact -- one (1) departure was delayed five (5) minutes.

July 30, 2011

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

The privately owned and operated Piper PA24 aircraft was on a local flight from the Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport (CYRO). After departing Rockcliffe, the pilot detected that a tow bar was still attached to the nose wheel of the aircraft. The pilot declared an emergency and requested a landing on runway 25 at Ottawa (MCIA) (CYOW) and the presence of ARFF. The aircraft landed without further incident. Ops. impact -- none.

May 12, 2011

Incident at MUSKOKA ON (CYQA) (Controlled airspace - unauthorized entry)

The Ottawa Flying Club Cessna 172M aircraft (C-FEUH) was concluding a VFR flight from Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) to Muskoka Airport (CYQA). The privately-registered Piper PA24-250 aircraft was preparing to depart on a VFR flight from Muskoka Airport (CYQA) to Stanhope Airport (CND4). NAV CANADA staff at Timmins FSS reported that the Cessna aircraft entered Muskoka control zone without making contact on Mandatory Frequency 122.3MHz. The pilot contacted the MF over the airport. One departure (Piper PA24-250) on runway 18 had visual contact and departed without incident. The Cessna aircraft then landed without further incident. Pilot later confirmed having made calls on the wrong frequency.

May 6, 2011

Incident at TORONTO / BILLY BISHOP TORONTO CITY AIRPORT ON (CYTZ) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, ATS operating irregularity)

The privately-operated Sabiston Aviation Ltd. Piper PA-24-260 aircraft (C-GSER) was preparing to depart on an IFR flight from Toronto (BB/TCA) (CYTZ) to Ottawa (Carp) Airport (CYRP). NAV CANADA staff at City Centre Tower reported that the pilot was given taxi instructions for a backtrack on runway 26 from taxiway FOXTROT as there was a de Havilland DHC-8-402 aircraft blocking the normal taxi route. The instructions included a direction to hold short of runway 26 at taxiway FOXTROT (which was not read back by the pilot). The aircraft subsequently entered the runway. Ops. impact -- none.

April 30, 2011

Incident at ST. CATHARINES / NIAGARA DISTRICT ON (CYSN)

The privately-registered Piper PA-24-250 aircraft was departing on a local VFR flight from St. Catharines (Niagara District) Airport (CYSN). The aircraft departed off of runway 06. On the left turnout (in the crosswind), the pilot reported problems with an aircraft door and advised that it would be joining the left downwind for landing on runway 06. GRZL03 was short final and continued to land and clear runway 06. The Piper aircraft landed on runway 06. The pilot made some adjustments and then backtracked along runway 06 and departed. Ops. impact -- none.

February 27, 2011

Incident at 5NM northeast of Toronto (BB/TCA)

The privately-operated Raven Aviation Inc. Piper PA-24 aircraft (C-FOIB) had just departed on an IFR flight from Toronto (BB/TCA) (CYTZ) to Ottawa (Rockcliffe) Airport (CYRO). NAV CANADA staff reported that the aircraft departed off of runway 26 IFR. Five (5) miles northeast, the aircraft encountered icing and returned to land. The aircraft conducted a RNAV 08 approach circling to runway 26. Ops. impact -- one (1) aircraft (POE387) was delayed 25 minutes as a result.

October 21, 2011

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

The pilot of a private Piper PA-24 departed Calgary during the restricted time for light aircraft.

October 19, 2011

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

A private Piper PA-24 was on approach at Springbank when the pilot reported an unsafe gear indication, conducted a low approach and then flew locally to fix the problem. The aircraft subsequently landed safely at 2315z.

September 24, 2011

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

A private PA-24 was on a VFR flight from City Centre to Springbank and the aircraft became overdue with an ETA of 24/0910. A communications search was initiated and the FSS specialist was able to contact the pilot by cell phone and he forgot to close the flight plan. No update or arrival report was received before the aircraft became overdue.

August 15, 2011

Incident at SASKATOON / JOHN G. DIEFENBAKER INTL SK (CYXE)

A private Piper PA-24 reported to Saskatoon Tower that he had no indication of whether the gear was down when on final for Runway 09. He did a low approach and Tower observed no gear down. He then flew to the north to manually extend the gear. ARFF was called and the aircraft landed safely on Runway 15 at 0217z.
UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that engineers at an AMO cycled the gear several times and could not duplicate the problem. The aircraft was released for service.

May 29, 2011

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

The pilot of a private Piper PA-24 was instructed to cross Taxiway Charlie at Springbank to hold for traffic. He was asked if the aircraft was able to turn around or needed to continue straight ahead and he confirmed he was able to complete a turn but the right main wheel left the paved surface and got stuck in mud. The APM was advised and the aircraft was pulled out about an hour and ten minutes later at 1724z. There was no reported damage.

October 23, 2011

Incident at Vicinity of Hibernia Oil Field N4645 W4846

N3UN, Piper PA24 260, enroute from St. John?s (CYYT) to Santa Maria (LPAZ), departed VFR. In the vicinity of Hibernia, the flight requested an IFR clearance. The aircraft had no HF radio equipment.

December 31, 2009

Incident at MONTRÉAL / ST-HUBERT QC (CYHU)

Mise à jour #1: Selon les informations obtenues de la division Maintenance, un fil d'indication de lumière du train d'atterrissage était défectueux et a été remplacé.*** ** *** Update #1: According to the information obtained by the Maintenance division, a wire for the landing gear indicator light was defective and had to be replaced.
Un Piper PA-24 de propriété privée, effectuait un vol selon les règles de vol aux instruments (IFR) depuis Québec/Jean-Lesage (CYQB) à destination de St-Hubert (CYHU). À 1645Z, le pilote a avisé le contrôleur de la tour de contrôle de St-Hubert, qu'il avait une mauvaise indication du train d'atterrissage. L'aéronef a atterri à 1653Z sur la piste 06 gauche, sans encombre. Aucun impact sur les opérations ATC.*** *** *** A privately owned Piper PA-24 was conducting an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight from Québec/Jean-Lesage (CYQB) to St-Hubert (CYHU). At 1645Z, the pilot notified the St-Hubert tower controller that the aircraft's landing-gear warning light was illuminated. The aircraft landed without incident at 1653Z on Runway 06L. ATC operations were unaffected.

December 4, 2010

Incident at NANAIMO AIRPORT (Controlled airspace - unauthorized entry, Conflict - potential, Communication error, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction, Aircraft navigation/communication equipment)

A privately registered Beech P35 was conducting a series of VFR approaches on Nanaimo (CYCD) Rwy16. A privately registered Piper PA24 was observed heading for the Nanaimo control zone (CZ) from the southwest. No contact could be established with the Piper squawking 6771. The Piper crossed mid field while the Beech was over the YCD non-directional radio beacon (NDB) inbound. The Beech was kept closely appraised of the situation as it was unknown which way the Piper was going to turn. The Piper turned Downwind Right and landed on RWY 34 at 0001. After clearing the runway, the Piper came up on YCD MF and advised 'he was on the wrong frequency'.
UPDATE from General Aviation: The Owner/PIC verified the events. Oral council provided. This report has been reviewed by General Aviation, and no further action is required.

October 16, 2010

Incident at NANAIMO AIRPORT

The privately-registered Stinson 108 2, VFR Nanaimo (CYCD) to CYCD, reported his gear not indicating down while on short final. The aircraft executed a missed approach, resolved the problem, and conducted a fly by for visual check, at which time the gear appeared down in normal position. The aircraft landed without further incident.
UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A10P0335 - The privately-registered Piper PA-24 aircraft was on a local flight from Nanaimo, BC. Upon returning to the Airport, when the landing gear was selected down the pilot did not get a normal down and locked indication. He executed a missed approach, completed the appropriate check list, which included a manual gear extension procedure, and the aircraft landed at Nanaimo without further event. A maintenance inspection found a blown fuse. The fuse was replaced and the aircraft was returned to service. (Aircraft registration amended.)

August 19, 2010

Incident at REVELSTOKE BC (CYRV)

The private American-registered Piper PA24 260, VFR Revelstoke (CYRV) to Port Angeles WA, reported an ELT transmission en route. The strongest transmission was 15 NM southwest of CYRV at 065 AGL. The signal was heard from 1655Z until 1710Z. The information was passed to the Rescue Coordination Centre.

August 18, 2010

Accident at PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

UPDATE from RCC Victoria: Privately-registered 644913 BC Ltd. Piper PA24 Overdue (492818N 1193598W - Penticton). Aircraft overdue from Victoria to Penticton. The Buffalo, Cormorant and CASARA are searching; case ongoing.
UPDATE from Nav Canada: The privately-registered 644913 BC Ltd. Piper PA24 arrived at Penticton from Kelowna at 2359Z with a short stopover and departed to Victoria (CYYJ) at 0009Z on a round robin trip. The aircraft departed straight out to the south for altitude before heading west. Last call to the FSS was on departing Runway 16. A communication search was initiated by Kamloops Flight Information Centre as the aircraft did not return by the overdue time. The search is in progress.
UPDATE from RCC Victoria: Search and Rescue Headquarters has been established in Kelowna. The case is ongoing.
UPDATE from Aviation Enforcement: Civil Aviation Enforcement has conducted a review of necessary files. The Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A10P0266 - The privately-registered Piper PA-24 aircraft took off from Penticton for a VFR flight to Victoria. The last radio contact with the aircraft was a call to the Penticton FSS on departure. When the aircraft did not arrive at its destination, a search operation was initiated. Class of Investigation being assessed. (Occurrence upgraded to an accident.)
The privately-registered 644913 BC Ltd. Piper PA24, Flight Rule unknown Penticton (CYYF) to Victoria, with four souls on board departed CYYF at 0444Z. Kamloops Flight Information Centre reported that they lost contact with the aircraft shortly after take-off. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre has commenced a search.
UPDATE From General Aviation: TSB Investigtion in progress
UPDATE from Nav Canada: The privately-registered 644913 BC Ltd. Piper PA24 was located on 25 August 2130Z near Apex Mountain (12 miles from Penticton Airport). All on board perished.

December 6, 2010

Accident at 37.4 DME northwest of Moosonee Airport (CYMO)

UPDATE Supplemental information received from J.R.C.C. Trenton: The flight crew of the Piper Comanche aircraft reported an engine problem and had no further contact with ATC on a flight from Attawapiskat to Moosonee. The 424 Squadron Hercules and Griffon helicopters were tasked to search for the aircraft. The pilot was retrieved uninjured and flown back to Moosonee airport by a commercial helicopter. Case closed.
UPDATE Supplemental information received from TSB Daily Notification [A10O0246]: The Piper PA-24 was inbound to Moosonee Airport (CYMO) from Attawapiskat Airport (CYAT). Approximately 40NM north of Moosonee, the engine (Lycoming O-360-A1A) began to run rough. The pilot communicated the engine problem to ATC, indicating a possible carburetor icing problem. The performance of the engine continued to degrade and the application of carburetor heat did not resolve the problem. The engine began to sputter and backfire and the pilot performed a forced landing in a swampy area. The aircraft sustained substantial damage, but the pilot was not injured. A commercially operated helicopter located the aircraft and transported the pilot to Moosonee.
The privately-owned Piper PA24 aircraft was on a VFR flight from Attawapiskat Airport (CYAT) to Moosonee Airport (CYMO). At 1415Z, the flight crew advised Timmins F.S.S. staff on the Moosonee RCO that the aircraft was 36 DME north-northwest at an altitude of 800 feet and having some difficulty with carburetor icing. No emergency was declared. Timmins F.S.S. staff lost radio contact with the aircraft at 1419Z and initiated search and rescue with J.R.C.C. Trenton. The aircraft lost engine power and made a forced landing at 51º44'38"N 81º11'27"W (37.4 NW CYMO). The sole occupant was rescued by a local helicopter and returned to Moosonee without injury. Ops. impact - none.

September 5, 2010

Incident at 45NM south of Ottawa

The privately-registered Piper PA-24-250 Comanche aircraft was on an IFR flight from Montréal (St- Hubert) Airport (CYHU) to Toronto (BB/TCIA) (CYTZ). NAV CANADA staff at Montréal ACC reported that the aircraft was observed on radar about 45NM south of Ottawa flying at an altitude of 6,500 feet when the pilot have been cleared to (and read back) an altitude of 6,000 feet. Ops. impact -- none. __________ L'aéronef a été observé à 6 500 pieds alors qu'il avait été autorisé et avait relu 6 000 pieds. Aucun impact.

August 24, 2010

Incident at KITCHENER / WATERLOO ON (CYKF)

The privately-owned Piper PA24-260 aircraft was on a VFR flight from Muskoka Airport (CYQA) to Guelph Air Park (CNC4). NAV CANADA staff tagged the aircraft on NARDS as the aircraft observed entering the Kitchener/Waterloo Regional Airport (CYKF) control zone. Toronto Satellite Sector staff said that they had talked to the pilot and he had reported that he had Guelph Air Park in sight. The aircraft was raised on the Guelph Air Park Unicom frequency 123.0MHz via portable radio. The Waterloo Tower controller gave the pilot instructions to find Guelph Air Park. Ops. impact: Two IFR departures at Kitchener/Waterloo Regional Airport were delayed.

July 29, 2010

Incident at MUSKOKA ON (CYQA) (Controlled airspace - unauthorized entry, Conflict - potential, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

The privately-owned Piper PA24-260 aircraft was commencing a VFR flight from Muskoka Airport (CYQA) to Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport (CNK4). The privately-operated amphibious 1319801 Ontario Inc. Lake LA-4-200 aircraft was commencing a local VFR flight in the vicinity of Muskoka Airport (CYQA). At 1721Z, the flight crew of the Lake LA-4-200 advised that they would taxi from the north end of runway 18/36 to the south end. Timmins FSS acknowledged and advised the aircraft to report off the runway at the south end. At approximately 1723Z, the flight crew of the Piper PA24-260 advised that they were taxiing for departure on runway 36. Airport Advisory Service was provided including the fact that the Lake was on the runway with intentions to take off. The flight crew of the Piper advised that the "amphib" was off the runway at the south end and advised that they were on the take-off roll. Before Timmins FSS could verify, the flight crew of the Lake broadcast that they were in fact still on the runway. Timmins FSS requested the Piper to hold with no response. The flight crew of the Piper then told the Lake to "hold short," once again with no response. Timmins FSS then suggested to the Lake to exit the runway. The flight crew of the Lake responded advising that the Piper took off over top of them.

July 14, 2010

Incident at KINCARDINE ON (CNS7) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, ATM - other)

The privately-registered Piper PA-24-250 aircraft had just concluded a VFR flight from Columbus (Bolton Field) Airport, OH (USA) (KTZR) to Kincardine Airport (CNS7). The pilot called NAV CANADA staff at London F.I.C. to attempt to close the flight plan at Kincardine. The pilot reported that the flight plan had been opened with Dayton F.S.S. staff. Lockheed Martin staff at the Washington Hub advised that while a flight plan had been filed, it was not activated. Ops. impact -- unknown (no other information).

July 8, 2010

Incident at OTTAWA / CARP ON (CYRP) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The privately operated Sabiston Aviation Ltd. Piper PA24-260 aircraft was on a VFR flight from Greater Rochester International Airport, NY, USA to Ottawa (Carp) Airport (CYRP). The flight crew made the transborder flight without an active flight plan.

April 4, 2010

Accident at BURLINGTON EXECUTIVE ON (CZBA)

A private registered Piper PA24-250 aircraft was departing on a local VFR flight from Burlington (CZBA). The aircraft experienced an engine failure on departure. The pilot returned to land on Rwy 32 with landing gear retracted. No injuries and minor aircraft damage. TSB advised.
UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Daily Notification [#A10O0057]: The privately-registered Piper PA-24-250 aircraft was departing off of runway 32 at Burlington, Ontario. Shortly after lift-off, the pilot selected the landing gear up, after which the engine (Avco Lycoming, O-540-A1A5) suffered a power loss. The pilot landed the aircraft on the remaining runway and the aircraft came to rest on its fuselage. There were no injuries.

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