May 14, 2020


A VFR flight plan departure for a Provincial Aerospace Beech 200 (SPR03) from Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) to Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) was not recorded by the Tower Aircraft Movement (TAM) application nor received by the Halifax (HZ) Flight Information Centre (FIC).

December 29, 2019


A Provincial Aerospace Beech 200 (C-GGAO/SPR03) from Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) to Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) rejected takeoff from Runway 32. No assistance required, the pilot elected to taxi back to base. No impact.

October 18, 2019


A Provincial Aerospace Beech 200 (C-GGAO/SPR03) on a flight from Sept-Iles, QC (CYZV) to Halifax/Stanfield Intl, NS (CYHZ) was cleared ARZ32 and crossed GABAP at 3300ft when the charted altitude is 4000ft or higher. No impact on operations. Audio and radar reviewed.

September 18, 2019


A Provincial Aerospace Beech 200 (C-GGAO/SPR03) from Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) to Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) rejected its take-off from Runway 05 and returned to its hangar. No assistance required.

September 4, 2019


A Provincial Aerospace Beech 200 (C-GGAO/SPR03) from Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) to Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) was inbound and indicating VFR on the intermediate approach waypoint (IWP) tag and the flight data entry (FDE), but pilots confirmed they were IFR. No impact on operations.

June 14, 2017


After departing Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) at 0828Z on an IFR flight to Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV), a Provincial Aerospace Beech 200 (C-GGAO/SPR03) advised the Halifax (HZ) terminal control unit (TCU) of a gear issue (gear stuck down) and requested to orbit to burn fuel and then return to CYHZ. The Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) was advised. The flight landed at 1047Z with no impact.

June 29, 2017


A Provincial Aerospace Beech 200 (C-GGAO/SPR03) (VFR) on a local flight from Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) was pulled up by the tower due to the preceding departure, a Jazz Aviation Bombardier CL-600-2B19 (C-FZJA/JZA8893) on a flight from Halifax, NS (CYHZ) to Boston, MA (KBOS) slow to roll. The aircraft landed at 1427Z with no further impact.

June 17, 2017


At 0908Z, Halifax (HZ) terminal control unit (TCU) advised that a Provincial Aerospace Beech 200 (C-GGAO/SPR03) on a flight from Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) to Sept-Îles, QC (CYZV) was returning due to a pressurization issue. No assistance was required. The Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) and Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) were advised. The aircraft burned fuel for approximately an hour. The flight landed at 1041Z, no impact.

March 13, 2017


UPDATE: TSB Report#A17A0014: C-GGAO, a Beech 200 aircraft operated by PAL Aerospace, was conducting local flight SPR03 from Halifax/Stanfield Intl, NS (CYHZ). Shortly after takeoff, the flight crew noticed that the number 2 engine power was not responding to power lever reduction inputs. The flight crew discussed the issue with the operator?s maintenance and informed ATC that they would be circling South East of the airport in order to reduce the fuel load for a single engine landing. After approximately 90 minutes, SPR03 declared an emergency and returned to CYHZ. Once established on final approach, the flight crew shut the number 2 engine down in accordance with procedures and landed without further incident. The operator?s maintenance personnel inspected the number 2 engine installation and determined that a foreign object in the engine compartment restricted the FCU controls from moving to the idle position. The operator is conducting an SMS investigation into the occurrence.
UPDATE: JRCC Trenton SARSUM Report#[S2017-00078]: (445285N 0633052W - CYHZ: Halifax Intl. Airport). Moncton Low called about an aircraft having issues 25 miles southeast of the Halifax airport. The aircraft had been trying to resolve the issue for about an hour and a half unsuccessfully. The Provincial Aerospace Beech 200 (C-GGAO/ SPR03) declared an emergency and landed in Halifax safely. No further assistance was required.
A Provincial Aerospace Beech 200 (C-GGAO/SPR03) on a local flight from Halifax, NS (CYHZ) shortly after departure reported having an engine indication and would be circling southeast of field to trouble shoot and burn off fuel. After approximately 90 minutes, the aircraft declared an emergency at 1840Z with one engine out and intention to land CYHZ shortly. Tower had Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) services on stand by. The aircraft landed safely at 1910Z. No impact on operations.

July 8, 2016

Incident at In the vicinity of: 45N55W

A Provincial Aerospace Beech 200 (C-GGAO / SPR03) was cleared out of controlled airspace at 45N55W and later was picked up on Sydney, NS (YQY) radar in Moncton (YQM) airspace.

March 13, 2015

Incident at SANDSPIT BC (CYZP)

A PAL Aerospace Beech 200 (C-GGAO / SPR03) initiated a missed approach while on short final for Runway 12 to Sandspit, BC (CYZP) due to birds on the runway. Aircraft landed safely at 1922Z. No operational impact.

February 23, 2015

Incident at SANDSPIT BC (CYZP) (Incursion - runway - animal)

A PAL Aerospace Beech 200 (C-GGAO/ SPR03), from Tofino/Long Beach, BC (CYAZ) to Sandspit, BC (CYZP), reported overshoot due bird activity on Runway 12. SPR03 conducted landing onto Runway 30 without further incident at 2050Z.

December 13, 2014

Incident at SANDSPIT BC (CYZP) (Incursion - runway - animal)

A PAL Aerospace Beech 200 (SPR03) from Port Hardy, BC (CYZT) to Sandspit, BC (CYZP) conducted missed approach due birds on and in vicinity of runway.

August 7, 2014

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

Failure of all aerodrome lighting from 0932Z-1000Z. Low Visibility Operational Plan (LVOP) were in effect (visibility 1/4SM fog, VV001, some runway visual ranges (RVRs) below 1200). Impact: WestJet (WJA659), PAL Airlines (PVL901), Air Canada (ACA691), Jazz (JZA8991) all delayed approximately 30 minutes. Cougar Helicopters (CHI31) and PAL Aerospace (SPR03) shut down, delayed indefinitely. Lights restored at 1000Z but CAT II still out of tolerance. A WestJet Boeing 737 700 (WJA164) from Stephenville, NL (CYJT) to St John's, NL (CYYT) missed approach on CAT I approach runway 29 at 1032Z.

April 19, 2013

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT)

Controller initiated missed approached to a PAL Aerospace Beech 200 (C-GGAO/ SPR03) on a local flight from CYYT due to a Royal Saudi Air Force Lockheed C-130 (RSF903) from EGNX to CYYT was slow to exit runway.

March 5, 2013

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT) (ATS operating irregularity)

Gander Low Domestic had three aircraft lined up for arrival on Runway 11 and a departure, SPR03, validated off Runway 11. The clearance was cancelled when the first arrival was three miles final. At 16:14Z, the controller had changed the sequencing, making RCH166, C130, number one for a visual approach to Runway 11. No change was made to the clearance cancelled event. The Low Domestic controller asked the St. John's Tower Controller how long the departure was going to be and the Tower estimated 45 seconds. The Low Domestic Controller held onto the arriving RCH166 until SPR03 was rolling before switching the arrival to St. John's at approximately one mile final.

December 14, 2011

Incident at Vicinity of St. John's (CYYT)

After landing in St. John?s (CYYT) and inspecting the aircraft, the crew of SPR03, Beech 200, discovered evidence of a bird strike.

August 11, 2010

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT)

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The Flight Crew noticed a burning smell. The aircraft returned to the hangar. Maintenance carried out an inspection of all surveillance equipment, with no faults found. An under-floor inspection was also carried out; with no faults found. Ground runs and high speed taxi checks were carried out; no faults found.
SPR03, Beech 200, on the take-off roll, rejected take-off from Runway 29 in St. John?s (CYYT) due to a burning smell from the equipment in the back of the aircraft. The aircraft returned to the hanger after a high-speed taxi. No assistance was required. There was no impact on operations.

August 7, 2010

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT)

SPR03, Beech 200, enroute from St. John?s (CYYT) to Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon (CYBX), was given taxi instructions to "taxi Bravo hold short Runway 02". The pilot contacted the tower in Taxiway Bravo 200 feet past the hold short line and reported holding short of Runway 02. The aircraft was still 200 feet from Runway 02. There was no impact on operations or other flights.


ACA264, Embraer ERJ 190, enroute from Toronto (CYYZ) to Halifax (CYHZ), conducted a pilot initiated overshoot of Runway 23. SPR03 was vacating the runway via Taxiway C at that time. ACA264 landed safely at 20:37Z.

June 7, 2010

Incident at GOOSE BAY NL (CYYR)

SPR03, SAAB SF340A, enroute from St. Anthony (CYAY) to Goose Bay (CYYR), upon landing in Goose Bay, requested an ambulance due to a medical emergency (passenger).

February 9, 2010

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT)

SPR03, Beech 200, departed at 12:47Z and when it was approximately 15 miles west of the airport, the crew advised they had a cracked windshield. The crew requested to return to St. John?s with no emergency declared or further assistance required. The aircraft landed at 13:09Z. Nil TSB.

January 29, 2010

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

SPR03, Beech 200 departed St. John?s (CYYT) at 1610 UTC and shortly after departure declared an emergency and requested to return to CYYT. Pilot reported fire on board. Flight landed at 1618 UTC and had advised the tower that conditions were under control. The flight shut down after landing and exiting onto the threshold of Runway 16 making Runway 16 unavailable for landings or take offs. Passengers evacuated the aircraft as soon as the flight came to a stop. Aircraft towed off the runway at 1700 UTC. Runway 16 opened at 1702 UTC. TSB Case Closed
UPDATE Commercial & Business Aviation: It appeared that there was smoke originating in one of the sensor operator workstations which ceased after the Captain pulled one of the circuit breakers. The aircraft is being inspected to determine the fault.
UPDATE TSB: A10A0013: SPR03, a Provincial Airlines Beech 200 with five crew members on board, had departed St. John's NL for an aerial surveillance flight followed by a return to St. John's. Just after takeoff, the crew noted that there was smoke and flames coming from the audio panel above the observer's seat. The flight crew declared an emergency, selected the power for the survey equipment off, and pulled the circuit breaker for the audio system after which the smoke and fire dissipated. They deployed the oxygen masks and were given radar vectors for downwind for the departure runway. They acquired visual contact with the runway and landed safely without further incident with ARFF standing by. They shut down the aircraft on the runway and all occupants exited the aircraft uninjured. ARFF personnel inspected the aircraft after which it was towed to the operator's facility. The operator will be providing the TSB with further information. UPDATE - 4 February 2010: Maintenance inspection revealed that the fire originated from a fastener for the surveillance observer's audio close-out panel which was in contact with the wiring harness for the aircraft radiant heat system. The radiant heat system had been deactivated when the aircraft surveillance equipment was originally installed at which time the inboard section of the audio close-out panel had been mounted on a radiant heat panel. The aircraft surveillance equipment had recently been upgraded at which time the radiant heat panels were inadvertently reactivated. During the incident flight, the radiant heat was inadvertently selected on causing the fastener to short circuit the system. The fastener became heated sufficiently to burn the audio panel cover causing the fire. Shortly after, the left-hand radiant heat circuit breaker opened removing power from the left radiant heat system. The radiant heat system has since been deactivated in all of the operator's surveillance aircraft which involved opening and collaring the associated circuit breakers and placarding the cockpit switch "INOPERATIVE". The operator is in the process of permanently deactivating the radiant heat system in their surveillance aircraft. This involves removing the cockpit switch, circuit breakers, and the radiant heat panels. The aircraft was returned to service on the 2nd February.

January 21, 2010

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT)

CH101, Sikorsky S92, landed on Runway 11 and did not exit the runway as quickly as normal. SPR03, Beech 200, on final approach for Runway 11, was instructed by the tower to execute a missed approach at approximately one mile final. Nil TSB.

June 1, 2009

Incident at DEER LAKE NL (CYDF)

SPR903, DHC 8 102, enroute from St. John?s (CYYT) to Deer Lake (CYDF), on approach to Runway 10, experienced an indicator warning light and decided to overshoot Runway 10 and was re-cleared for Runway 28 at 21:28Z. SPR903 then missed the approach to Runway 28 and was re-cleared to Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon (CYBX) at 21:43Z. Nil TSB.

October 17, 2008

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT)

SPR03, Beech 200, aborted take off St. John?s (CYYT) due to an abnormal cockpit indication. The aircraft excited Runway 29. There was no impact on other traffic.

October 6, 2008

Incident at GOOSE BAY NL (CYYR)

UPDATE TSB: A08A0134: The Provincial Airlines Beechcraft B200, operating as flight SPR03 was on an aerial surveillance flight when the crew reported on the radio a de-icing problem and requested clearance to return to Goose Bay. The aircraft landed at Goose Bay without further incident. During flight the deice boots were operating properly but the deice pressure indicator would increase to more than 20 psi, normal operating pressure is 18 psi. Company maintenance personnel replaced the pneumatic deice pressure regulator and tested the system in accordance with the maintenance manual.
SPR03, Beech 200, enroute from Goose Bay (CYYR) to Kuujjuaq (CYVP), departed Goose Bay at 16:33Z. At 90 nautical miles northwest of Goose Bay, the aircraft requested clearance to return due to a de-icing problem. No assistance was required. Air Traffic Control (ATC) cleared the flight as requested. The aircraft landed in Goose Bay 17:36Z.

May 2, 2008

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT)

SPR03, Beech 200, departed Runway 16 at 09:59Z with visibility of 1/8 mile. Nil TSB.

February 2, 2008

Incident at 4634N 05133W

At 13:00Z, SPR03, Beech 200, reported an ELT signal. Other aircraft in vicinity were unable to hear it. The Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) was advised. Nil TSB.

April 13, 2007

Incident at NATASHQUAN QC (CYNA) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

SPR03, a Beech 200 operated by Provincial Airlines, was conducting a visual flight rules (VFR) flight to Natashquan (CYNA). The aircraft landed at and took off from Natashquan without the crew contacting the Québec flight information centre (FIC) or broadcasting its intentions on the mandatory frequency (MF). ** ** *** ** ** SPR03, un Beech 200 exploité par Provincial Airlines, effectuait un vol selon les règles de vol à vue à destination de Natashquan (CYNA). L'appareil a atterri et décollé de Natashquan sans que l'équipage n'ait contacté le centre d'information de vol (FIC) de Québec ou diffusé ses intentions sur la fréquence obligatoire (MF).

September 22, 2007


SPR03, Beech 200, at 11:45Z, approximate position 178 nautical miles southeast of St. John?s, requested to return to St. John?s due to a minor mechanical problem. Air Traffic Control (ATC) cleared the flight as requested. No assistance was required. The aircraft landed at 12:50Z. Nil TSB.

August 31, 2007

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT)

The Provincial Airlines BE 20 , operating as flight SPR03 , departed St. John's airport on an IFR flight at 1430 UTC and shortly after take-off reported indicator problems requesting to return to the airport. No emergency declared. Flight landed at 1441 UTC.

June 1, 2006

Incident at DEER LAKE NL (CYDF)

SPR03, Beech 200, enroute from St. John?s (CYYT) to Deer Lake (CYDF), reported interference with the onboard intercom and radio. The pilot requested and was re-cleared to St. John?s without further incident. Nil TSB.

September 13, 2005

Incident at ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE QC (CYGR) (Public complaint, ELT)

The 9-1-1 service contacted the Îles-de-la-Madeleine flight service station (YGR FSS) to report that an Étang-du-Nord resident had seen an aircraft fall into the water, approximately 8 NM to the west. The FSS specialist contacted the only aircraft in the sector, SPR03, which was 9 NM west, at low altitude. The resident changed his mind and said he saw the aircraft that he thought he had seen falling into the water. Some checks with different organizations confirmed that it was a false alarm.

March 2, 2005

Incident at GASPÉ / MICHEL-POULIOT QC (CYGP) (Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition)

SPR03, a Provincial Airlines King Air, had to conduct a holding pattern for 45 minutes to allow two vehicles to remove the 12 inches of snow that covered the runway at Gaspé (CYGP). e Provincial Airlines, a dû effectuer un circuit d'attente pendant 45 minutes, afin de laisser le temps à deux véhicules de déneiger la piste de Gaspé (CYGP), qui était recouverte de 12 pouces de neige.

May 29, 2005

Incident at Enroute Halifax to Gander (ATM - other)

SPR03 BE 200 enroute Halifax (CYHZ) to Gander CYQX), flight plan was inadvertently closed for approximately an hour prior to the error being detected and the flight plan reactivated. Flight plan was reactivated before the ETA. Nil TSB

February 1, 2005


SPR03 PA31 VFR out of Halifax on a Fisheries patrol . Aircraft checked in with Halifax TCU 45 NM S CYHZ in CYD738 which was active at the time from Sfc to FL200. Pilot advised that they were aware that the airspace was active but had failed to display it on their flight director system. Nil TSB.

January 29, 2005

Incident at 430143N 0660547W (ELT)

The Provincial Airlines BE200 (SPR03) reported a weak ELT signal on 121.5 at coordinates 4301.43N 06605.47W. Information relayed to Halifax RCC, who advised that a marine vessel had lost an Emergency Position Radio Beacon (EPRIB) several days ago which was floating around in that area.

November 6, 2003


At 1225Z a Beech 200 SPR03 departing Runway 33 reported a bird strike. Two snow buntings were found.

August 31, 2003


The pilot of a B200 SPR03 (Sydney to Halifax) reported their aircraft struck a seagull during takeoff roll. The Aircraft continued the flight normally. The Duty specialist visually confirmed bird remains on the runway, which were removed by the Sydney Airport Authority.

April 24, 2003


SPR03 a Beech 200 departed Halifax at 0247Z and was bound for St. John's. While climbing through 2500 ft the aircraft declared an emergency and requested a return to Halifax. The aircraft landed uneventfully on Runway 24 at 0304Z with CFR in position. It was later reported to the tower by the crew that they had experienced a fire indication on the left engine. They believed at this point that it may have been an indicator problem. TSB - CASE CLOSED
TSB Update:A03A0048: C-FIFO, a Beech 200, IFR from Halifax to St. John's, had departed from runway 15 and was climbing through 1500 feet in IMC on runway heading when the pilot noticed the left engine fire light illuminate. The crew immediately advised ATC of the indication, and requested and received vectors for runway 24. ATC alerted the airfield emergency vehicles. The crew confirmed that there were no secondary indications of fire by monitoring the engine instruments, by examining the engine visually, and by training the onboard infrared camera (FLIR) on the engine. As there was no smoke, flames, or heat, the fire indication was assessed to be false. The crew completed an uneventful two-engine ILS landing on runway 24 at Halifax. On approach the fire warning light flickered a few times and upon landing it went out. The false indication was due to a chaffing fire indicator wire.

April 17, 2002

Incident at ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE QC (CYGR) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

Provincial Airlines Beech Super King Air SPR03 took up a position for take-off on rwy 08 at Îles-de-la-Madeleine (CYGR) proceeding west at 1500 feet. At the time, Air Canada Jazz Dash-8 JZZ8704 reported 23 NM northwest and advised that he would take rwy 34. The FSS instructed it to call back 10 NM northwest. JZZ8704 did not call back at 10 NM as instructed, but instead 5 NM west, and said its visit was over and it would take rwy 08 if it was available. JZZ8704 did not cancel its IFR flight plan. SPR03, un Beech Super King air de Provincial Airlines, s'est aligné pour un décollage de la piste 08 au Îles-de-la-Madeleine (CYGR) en direction de l'ouest à 1500 pieds. À ce moment, JZZ8704, un Dash-8 d'Air Canada Jazz, s'est annoncé à 23MN au nord-ouest et a avisé qu'il prendrait la piste 34. La station d'information de vol lui a demandé de rappeler à 10MN au nord-ouest. JZZ8704 n'a pas rappelé à 10MN comme demandé, mais bien à 5MN à l'ouest en disant que ""sa visite était terminé"" et qu'il prendrait la piste 08 si elle était disponible. JZZ8704 n'a jamais annulé son plan de vol aux instruments (IFR).

November 25, 2002


TSB Update - 2002/11/26 -A02A0132: C-FIFO, a Provincial Airlines Beech BE20 fisheries patrol aircraft had been cleared for takeoff from runway 33 at Halifax. The crew had advanced the power levers and were about to set power and release the brakes when a shudder was felt, and sparks were noticed coming from the right engine (Pratt & Whitney Canada model PT6A-41 serial # PC-E 80868). The crew immediately reduced power and started the memory checks for engine fire. The engines were secured and the fire extinguisher for the right engine was discharged. During the shutdown fumes and smoke entered the cabin. The crew declared an emergency and then evacuated through the main door. Company maintenance personnel found that there was significant damage to the compressor section of the engine.
A Beech 200 rejected take-off from Runway 33 at 1040Z. The aircraft advised they had a fire indication and requested emergency response. The crew used on-board equipment to extinguish the fire and then Evacuated the aircraft. A Crash-alarm was activated. Airport Fire Fighting crews responded. The aircraft was towed off the runway to the hangar. Runway 33 was closed until 1134Z. There was no significant operational impact to airport operations.

October 24, 2002


SPR03, Beech-200 advised aborting take-off runway 06. No explanation, no assistance, no impact. Nil TSB

July 24, 2002


SPR03 BE200 on fisheries patrol advise #2 engine shutdown. Aircraft with 2000 lbs of fuel on board requested emergency standby and landed safely on runway 33 in Halifax at 1645Z. ERS in standby positions. Nil TSB

July 18, 2002


At 0259Z a Beechcraft B200 landed below minima. At the time both RVR 'A' and 'B' were reporting 1100 ft. The visibility was reported as 1/8th of a mile in Fog.

January 28, 2002


BE20 Departing Halifax for Mirmachi(CYCH). Shortly after departure the pilot reported that the landing gear would not retract. He returned to Halifax and made an uneventful landing. Nil TSB.

May 29, 2001


SPR03, an Eastern Flying Service BE20, was making an IFR flight between Halifax (CYHZ) and Gaspé (CYGP). The crew started the descent and approach to Gaspé without obtaining clearance from ATC. The pilot thought he had been cleared to descend outside controlled airspace by Moncton ACC. Moncton ACC had in fact advised the pilot that radar service was terminated and had cleared him to use the en-route frequency. SPR03, un BE20 de la compagnie Eastern Flying Service, effectuait un vol selon les règles de vol aux instruments (IFR) entre Halifax (CYHZ) et Gaspé (CYGP). L'équipage a amorcé la descente et une approche à Gaspé sans avoir obtenu d'autorisation du service de contrôle de la circulation aérienne. Le pilote pensait avoir été autorisé à descendre hors de l'espace aérien contrôlé par le centre de contrôle de Moncton. Le centre de contrôle de Moncton avait plutôt avisé le pilote que le service radar était terminé et avait autorisé le pilote à utiliser la fréquence de route.

November 14, 2001


SPR03 BE20 landing Moncton runway 11 struck a bird on landing roll. Remains of dead dove found. No reported damage. Nil TSB

July 23, 2000


SPR03 BE20 commenced takeoff roll on Runway 06 Halifax then advised Tower that they were aborting. No reason given and no assistance required. Aircraft vacated in Taxi "C" and then requested departure again. Aircraft departed at 2259Z. Nil TSB