February 12, 2020

Incident at PRINCE ALBERT (GLASS FIELD) SK (CYPA) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

At Prince Albert (Glass Field), SK (CYPA), a J.A. Steyn Medical Professional Corporation Cessna A185F (C-GFZX) reported a flat tail tire while taxiing into position for a departure off of Runway 26 at 1453Z. A West Wind Aviation Beech 1900D (C-GWWK/WEW801) from Saskatoon/Diefenbaker, SK (CYXE) to Prince Albert (Glass Field), SK (CYPA) extended its downwind to allow time for C-GFZX to taxi off the runway. WEW801 was delayed by 3 minutes on their arrival. Foreign object debris (FOD) check completed by airport vehicle (ST31).

November 27, 2019


After landing Runway 08 at 1411Z, a West Wind Aviation Aerospatiale ATR 42-300 (C-GWWR/WEW481) from Saskatoon/Diefenbaker, SK (CYXE) to Prince Albert (Glass Field), SK (CYPA) advised that exiting the runway would be slow due to a hydraulic issue. Assistance was offered and declined. One aircraft was affected and delayed approximately 3 minutes while a vehicle (ST31) completed a foreign object debris (FOD) check.

July 17, 2019

Incident at PRINCE ALBERT (GLASS FIELD) SK (CYPA) (Bird presence)

A Transwest Air Beech A100 (C-GJHW) from Wollaston Lake, SK (CZWL) to Prince Albert, SK (CYPA) reported birds on both sides of Runway 08/26 upon landing, including Bald Eagle on north side. Subsequent aircraft indicated no birds. And ST31 went out to confirm. No impact to operations.

July 2, 2019

Incident at PRINCE ALBERT (GLASS FIELD) SK (CYPA) (Incursion - manoeuvring area, Incursion - runway - animal)

A coyote was spotted by a vehicle (TT20) near the intersection of Taxiway D and Runway 08/26. A Province of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Environment Gulfstream 690C (C-FNAO/BD162) from Prince Albert, SK (CYPA) to Prince Albert, SK (CYPA) near the final approach advised of a coyote and elected to land. Another vehicle (ST31) was notified and chased the coyote east. BD162 landed safely.

April 19, 2019

Incident at PRINCE ALBERT (GLASS FIELD) SK (CYPA) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A Province of Saskatchewan Convair 340 (C-GYSK/TKR474) from La Ronge, SK (CYVC) to Prince Albert, SK (CYPA) inbound for Runway 26 declared an emergency and requested standby due to engine failure following a touch and go at 1725Z. 911 and all pertinent parties notified. Aircraft elected to circle to the east and wait for emergency services arrival. Aircraft landed safely at 1742Z and exited the runway with standby on site. A Transwest Air Limited Partnership Beech 1900D (C-GTWG) delayed approximately 5 minutes for a foreign object debris (FOD) check by ST31.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The Person Responsible for Maintenance (PRM) stated that the aircraft experienced a propeller overspeed on the left-hand (L/H) engine. The propeller was feathered/engine shut down and the aircraft returned to Prince Albert (Glass Field), SK (CYPA). Maintenance crews investigated the problem and found the propeller dome seals had twisted and were cut by the retaining groove for the seals. Propeller fluid was bypassing in the dome, thus the propeller was unable to govern properly. Maintenance replaced the propeller dome seals and the aircraft was returned to service. Service Difficulty Report (SDR) was submitted on April 22, 2019.
Update TSB #A19C0037: C-GYSK, a Convair CV340/580 aircraft operated by the Province of Saskatchewan/Northern Air Operations, was conducting a local flight as TKR474 from Prince Albert (Glass Field) (CYPA), SK with 3 crew members on board. During the initial climb after the takeoff, the flight crew noted an issue with the number 1 engine propeller (Hamilton Standard 54H60-77), and decided to do a precautionary engine (Allison 501-D22G) shutdown. The flight crew declared an emergency, and returned to CYPA where the aircraft landed without further incident. An inspection of the propeller system by the operators maintenance revealed efective O-rings inside the propeller hub. The operator has filed a Service Difficulty Report (SDR) with Transport Canada.

October 31, 2017

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Incursion - runway - vehicle, Incursion - manoeuvring area)

A white contractor truck entered Taxiway A and onto Runway 08/26 without authorization at 2120Z. Airport staff noticed immediately and vehicle (ST31) requested authorization to proceed onto the runway and escort the vehicle off. No impact on operations as the nearest aircraft was an inbound Piper PA-31 estimating in 7 minutes.

August 10, 2017

Incident at PRINCE ALBERT (GLASS FIELD) SK (CYPA) (FOD (foreign object debris))

After landing Runway 26 at 1721Z, a West Wind Aviation Aerospatiale ATR 42-320 (C-GWEA/WEW431) on a flight from Key Lake, SK (CYKJ) to Prince Albert (Glass Field), SK (CYPA) reported a possible bird strike near the right engine while on the landing roll. Vehicle (ST31) inspected the runway and found remains of one merlin. No other impact to operations.

April 4, 2017

Incident at PRINCE ALBERT (GLASS FIELD) SK (CYPA) (Communication error)

A West Wind Aviation Aerospatiale ATR 42-300 (C-GWWR/WEW461) from La Ronge/Barber Field, SK (CYVC) to Prince Albert/Glass Field, SK (CYPA) was inbound for Runway 26 with an estimated time of arrival (ETA) of 1752Z. A vehicle (LO604) was on Runway 26. At 1747Z the flight service station (FSS) called the vehicle to exit the runway. There was no response after numerous calls and flashing of runway lights. FSS contacted another vehicle (ST31) to remove LO604. ST31 proceeded onto Runway 08/26 and at 1749Z ST31 with LO604 reported off Runway 08/26. WEW461 arrived at 1754Z. No impact on operations. (CYPA)

February 13, 2017

Incident at PRINCE ALBERT (GLASS FIELD) SK (CYPA) (Incursion - manoeuvring area)

A truck (ST31) requested access to aircraft parking and was instructed to proceed via Taxiway C to aircraft parking. The vehicle was observed leaving Taxiway C and at aircraft parking. The vehicle later reported back at Apron 1. The vehicle proceeded from aircraft parking to Apron 1 via Taxiway C without authorization. No operational impact.

August 12, 2015


A West Wind Aviation Limited Cessna 190 (WEW670), from Saskatoon (CYXE), SK to Prince Albert (Glass Field) (CYPA), SK, reported a bird strike when landing on Runway 26. Vehicle ST31 removed the bird remains. No impact to operations.

March 23, 2015

Incident at INUVIK / MIKE ZUBKO NT (CYEV) (Aerodrome - power failure, ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

A power failure at the transceiver site caused the loss of air/ground frequencies and of the automatic terminal information service (ATIS) at Inuvik, NT (CYEV). Between the time of failure and when failure was discovered, a truck (ST33) had access to Taxiway D and Runway 06/24. ST31 also made several attempts on frequency before calling via phone. A North-Wright Airways Cessna 207A (C-GMOK / NWL773) from Aklavik, NT (CYKD) to Inuvik, NT (CYEV) was held outside the control zone for approximately 15 minutes while attempting to establish communications. Portable radio was used to ask the vehicle to exit the runway and advise them that 122.6 was temporarily unserviceable. Communications with NWL773 was established on 122.3 via portable radio. The aircraft landed safely at 1811Z. Communications on 122.6 were restored using a second portable radio.

December 29, 2014

Incident at INUVIK / MIKE ZUBKO NT (CYEV) (Incursion - manoeuvring area)

At 2059Z, vehicle (ST31) was observed on Taxiway D without permission. Specialist queried vehicle operator, who confirmed his position on D, and requested permission onto the runway.

September 15, 2014


A KBM Forestry Consultants Inc. Piper PA-34-200T (C-GDPY), from Prince Albert (Glass Field), SK (CYPA) to Meadow Lake, SK (CYLJ), departed Runway 26 at 1608Z and advised the Flight Service Station (FSS) it may have blown a tire on departure. Pilot did a low approach and tires appeared normal to both FSS and local Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME). Pilot elected to continue on to destination. ST31 conducted runway check and no foreign object debris (FOD) was found. No impact to operations.

October 21, 2013

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Incursion - manoeuvring area)

Mower (ST31+1) requested within 200 ft of the runway. ST31 was told to remain 200ft south of the runway. Tractor was observed within 200 feet. ST31 was asked if tractor was within 200 feet and confirmed it was. Tractor exited more than 200 feet from the runway. No impact on operations.

May 19, 2011

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Aerodrome - other, Aerodrome - operations)

NAV CANADA staff at Kenora F.S.S. observed smoke off of the threshold of runway 26 (at Kenora Airport (CYQK) at 1653Z. F.S.S. staff called the operator of a staff vehicle (ST31) to check things out. The operator of ST31 advised that there was a small grass fire and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources fire staff were being asked to put it out. The pumper truck was putting out the fire and couldn't leave the runway protected area until finished, which caused BLS341 and C-GQNJ to either do a hold or missed approach until the fire was put out. At 1712Z, ST31 advised Kenora F.S.S. staff that the fire was under control and the runway protected area was clear of ground traffic. BLS341 landed without incident at 1717Z and C-GQNJ at 1725Z.

May 22, 2010

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Incursion - runway - animal, Aerodrome - operations)

The Ornge Air Pilatus PC-12-47E MEDEVAC aircraft (operating as PUL103) was commencing an IFR flight from Kenora Airport (CYQK) to Winnipeg (JARIA) (CYWG). The Exact Air Inc. Piper PA-31 aircraft (C-FVTL) was preparing for a local flight in the vicinity of Kenora Airport (CYQK). While PUL103 was taxiing for departure, deer were spotted in the vicinity of the runway. The Airport Manager was called. PUL103 stopped on the runway while the deer crossed in front of the aircraft. ST31 chased the deer to the south side. Ops. impact - PUL103 and C-FVTL were both delayed.

January 14, 2010

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

NAV CANADA staff at Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW) reported that an airport vehicle (operating with a call sign of STAFF31) was observed crossing runway 32 at the intersection of runway 07 without authorisation after ACA469 was cleared for take-off. A hold short instruction had been issued but the vehicle operator continued to cross runway 32. The vehicle crossed the runway before ACA469 started its take-off roll. Ops. impact -- unknown (no other impact).
UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Daily Notification [#A10O0010]: The Air Canada Embraer ERJ-190-100-IGW aircraft (operating as flight ACA469) was cleared for take-off on runway 32 at Ottawa (M-CIA) (CYOW). Before the aircraft began to move, ST31, a vehicle, was observed crossing runway 32 at the intersection of runway 07 without authorization.

November 6, 2009

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Other operational incident, Incursion - runway - animal)

The Hicks and Lawrence Ltd. Beech B-200 Super King Air aircraft (C-FKJI) was preparing to depart on a VFR flight from Kenora Airport (CYQK) to Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD). The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227DC aircraft (C-GJVC, operating as flight BLS340) was preparing to depart on a VFR flight from Kenora Airport (CYQK) to Fort Frances Municipal Airport (CYAG). NAV CANADA staff at Kenora F.S.S. reported that at 1340Z, while C-FKJI was taxiing to position on runway 08, and with BLS340 holding short, a deer was spotted moving toward the runway from the north, approximately 1,500 feet from the threshold of runway 26. The flight crews were advised. In position on runway 08, the C-FKJI flight crew reported that they had the deer in sight and were rolling. The aircraft was airborne at 1342Z (before the taxiway ALPHA intersection with deer approximately 20 feet from runway edge, near taxiway BRAVO). The deer crossed the runway after C-FKJI was past and ST31 chased the deer into the trees prior to BLS340's departure at 1347Z. Ops. impact -- unknown.

June 13, 2009

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Incursion - runway - animal)

The Aerospatiale AS 350BA operated by Forest Helicopters Inc, was on a VFR flight from 5 miles west of Kenora to Kenora (CYQK). It was reported that deer crossed the runway while helicopter C-GHSL conducting circuits. C-GHSL operated on the east end of the runway 26 while ST31 chased deer away on the west end of runway 26.

June 10, 2009

Incident at J.A. DOUGLAS MCCURDY SYDNEY AIRPORT (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

A malfunctioning microphone in ST31, a Sydney Airport Authority maintenance vehicle, from 16:08Z until 16:12Z, prevented the Charlottetown Flight Service Station (FSS) from delivering an IFR clearance to TSKR328, C130, enroute from Sydney (CYQY) to Greenwood (CYZX), and an airport advisory to C-GMPM, Pilatus PC12, enroute from Sydney to St. John's (CYYT), on the Remote Aerodrome Advisory Service (RAAS) frequency 122.0. TSKR328 contacted the Moncton frequency 118.6 to pick up clearance directly from the Area Control Centre (ACC). RAAS frequency 122.0 was cleared at 16:12Z and communications were established with TSKR328 and C-GMPM. TSKR 328 subsequently departed at 16:17Z, resulting in a slight delay to C-GMPM.

February 20, 2008


The privately-registered Piper P38T, VFR Cranbrook (CYXC) to Nelson (CZNL), taxied to position Runway 16 for departure South west bound. At 1941Z the pilot informed CYXC radio that the engine had stalled, and would attempt a restart and then taxi back to the ramp. The pilot was unable to keep the engine running and requested assistance. A truck with a tow bar and ST31 were dispatched to the threshold of Runway 16. After another attempt at restarting the engine, the pilot was able to taxi off Runway 16 under its own power. Although Air Canada Jazz Flight JZA8213, a Dehavilland DH8C, was inbound at the time, minimal impact to operations was encountered.

June 6, 2008

Incident at J.A. DOUGLAS MCCURDY SYDNEY AIRPORT (Incursion - runway - pedestrian)

The driver of ST31 reported two "bikers" on the airfield. When he approached, they exited through a hole in the perimeter fence. The airport authority was advised. There was no impact on operations.

July 24, 2007

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Incursion - runway - animal)

A Piper 32 on a VFR flight reported final for runway 36 at Kenora Airport (CYQK) then in the overshoot due to wind. This overshoot stirred up a flock of seagulls that were in the grass on north side of runway threshold. FSS informed a Cessna 172 on the VFR flight from Thunder Bay (CYQT) about birds now visible from tower and the aircraft chose to overshoot as well. ST31 was dispatched by FSS to scare birds away while both aircraft extended downwind. Both aircraft landed safely at 1802Z and 1804Z.

July 26, 2005


The aircraft registered C-GJQU, a C182, requested help to check if its landing gear was lowered. The vehicle ST31 went onto Taxiway Delta. The three wheels seemed to be lowered, and C-GJQU landed at 1341Z. The aircraft was inbound from the west.


C-GJQU, an Exact Air C182R, requested help during its landing at Baie-Comeau to check if its landing gear was lowered. ST31 went out on Delta. The three wheels seemed to be lowered and the aircraft landed without incident.

June 27, 2005


At 1810Z, the aircraft registered C-GBSC took off from Runway 10 at Baie-Comeau (CYBC). The service vehicle ST31, reported that the tow bar had remained attached to the front wheel of C-GBSC. Once informed, the pilot of C-GBSC conducted a low approach for Runway 10 and landed at CYBC at 1818Z without incident.

February 10, 2004

Incident at MONT-JOLI QC (CYYY) (Incursion - runway - vehicle, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

A l'aéroport de Mont-Joli (CYYY), à 1539Z, le véhicule de service ST31 dégageait la piste où il n'avait jamais été autorisé à circuler. At 1539Z, at the Mont-Joli airport (CYYY), service vehicle ST31 was clearing snow from the runway where it was never cleared to operate.

July 31, 2004

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Part or pieces separate from an aircraft, Other operational incident)

N208JK landed at 1847Z and advised pilot of N9678F, turning final at that time, that a paddle had fallen from the first aircraft. Pilots were inbound together. The first aircraft exited the runway and after landing the second aircraft let someone out to retrieve the item dropped from the first. ST31 sent onto runway to pick up pedestrian.