June 17, 2019

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

A Carson Air Ltd. Swearingen SW3 (CA100T) from Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) deviated from the lateral track of the TIDUK5 standard terminal arrival (STAR) for Runway 17L at CYYC after passing TIDUK waypoint. No impact to operations.

January 16, 2019

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC) (Aerodrome - visual aids, Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

At Calgary International, AB (CYYC), the runway guard lights failed during instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) on Runway 17R. All departures were moved to Runway 17L. Runway 17R was closed by the airport from 0103Z until 0150Z due to the failure. A Carson Air Ltd. Swearingen SW3 (CA7064) from Kamloops, BC (CYKA) to Calgary International, AB (CYYC) and a Sunwest Aviation Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-300 (CNK9853) from Conklin, AB (CET2) to Calgary International, AB (CYYC) were instructed to execute missed approaches due to the runway closure.

July 13, 2018

Incident at HAMILTON ON (CYHM)

An Encore Air Cargo Swearingen SW3 (DKT4570) from Hamilton, ON (CYHM) to Willow Run Airport, MI (KYIP) was observed not flying the MUNRO2 departure. The aircraft was instructed to turn to the standard instrument departure (SID) heading and contact Toronto area control centre (YYZ ACC).

November 25, 2018

Incident at THOMPSON MB (CYTH)

A Perimeter Aviation Swearingen SW4 Merlin 4 (PAG09) from Gods Lake Narrows, MB (CYGO) to Thompson, MB (CYTH) conducted a missed approach with no reason given. A departing aircraft, a North Star Air ATR-GIE ATR 72-212A (BF501) from Thompson, MB (CYTH) to Arviat, NU (CYEK) elected to wait until PAG09 had circled and landed without incident. No other impact to operations.
UPDATE: Correction: Aircraft model information corrected to SW3 Metro. Specific narrative portion updated to read: "A Perimeter Aviation Swearingen SW3 Metro (PAG09)..."

May 16, 2016

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK)

An American corporately registered Beech E-90 (N390PS) from Lincoln, NE (KLNK) to Kenora, ON (CYQK) did not contact Kenora Radio on the mandatory frequency (MF) for Arrival Advisory and did not maintain a listening watch on the frequency while on approach. An AS50 landed on the ramp and a SW3 held short of the runway while the aircraft was on short final.

July 18, 2016

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

A Perimeter Aviation flight operations contacted the Shift Manager at 2040Z to advise that a Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SW3 (PAG913) from Pierre, SD (KPIR) to Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) was inbound, VFR, and was no radio (NORDO). The aircraft contacted Winnipeg Tower via cell phone prior to entering the control zone and landed at 2110Z without incident. No impact to operations.

June 19, 2015

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

Update from Maintenance and Manufacturing: Maintenance discovered corroded Automatic Direction Finder (ADF) Antenna connection, cleaned, problem rectified. System checked serviceable.
A Carson Air Swearingen SW 3 (CA55), from Prince George, BC (CYXS) to Dawson Creek, BC (CYDQ), diverted to Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) due problems with the Automatic Direction Finder (ADF). No operational impact.

July 15, 2014

Incident at PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

Update Maintenance & Manufacturing: Maintenance advises C-GSKC experienced a double hydraulic annunciator after take off. The crew returned to CYYF after verifying the gear was locked. Upon investigation the aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) found the hydraulic accumulator was cracked on the hydraulic side. Replaced the part and carried out gear swings. The company will be submitting a service difficulty report (SDR) on the accumulator. They are not a life or overhaul limited part and this one had approximately 3000 hours time in service.
UPDATE: TSB REPORT #A14P0107: The Carson Air SW3, C-GSKC, was operating from Penticton, BC to Castlegar, BC. On departure the aircraft experienced a hydraulic failure. An emergency was declared and the aircraft landed uneventfully with aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) on standby.
A Carson Air Swearingen SA226-TC (C-GSKC/ CA77) from Penticton, BC (CYYF) to Castlegar, BC (CYCG) departed runway 34 at 1559Z. On climb out, declared Mayday due to a hydraulic failure. Determined gear issue and were able to lock gear down. Circled the airport and did a tower fly-by. City crash fire rescue (CFR) were standing by. Landed without incident at 1617Z and taxied to ramp. No other aircraft delayed.

September 5, 2013

Incident at 40 NM NW VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

An American corporately registered Cessna 560XL (N560GC) from Penticton, BC (CYYF) to Campbell River, BC (CYBL) was westbound VFR at 12,500 feet when was passed overhead southbound by a Carson Air Swearingen Merlin SW3 (CA67) from Prince George, BC (CYXS) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) at 12,000 feet IFR and responded to RA. Traffic had been passed.

January 30, 2013

Incident at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

UPDATE FAA: CANADA REGISTERED PERIMETER 913, SWEARINGEN SW3, FAILED TO COMPLY WITH APPROACH PROCEDURES CONFLICTING WITH AMR AMERICAN EAGLE 3912, E145, AT 3,100 FEET 8 E CHICAGO, IL 1/30 1554C. Closest proximity 700 feet vertical, .41 mile lateral. (AGL ROC 2/1 Adams)
A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SA227AC (operating as PAG913) was on an instrument approach to runway 27 left at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). PAG913 was observed deviating left of course with conflicting traffic (EGF3912) established on the runway 28 final approach course for ORD. The final monitor controllers at Chicago Tracon took appropriate action to regain separation. Closest proximity was 700 vertical and .41 lateral. The pilot of PAG913 advised ATC the deviation was due to "auto pilot loss".

December 12, 2012

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ) (Conflict - loss of separation)

A Island Express Air Piper PA31 (operating as IX304) on a IFR flight, on a contact approach for runway 09 at CYYJ, infringed on the protected airspace for a Sunwest Aviation Fairchild SW3 (operating as CNK405) on a IFR flight, departing off runway 09. Separation decreased to 2.0 NM where 3.0 NM is required.
UPDATE TSB A12P0213: An Island Express PA31 Navajo flight IX304, on a contact Approach for Runway 09 at Victoria infringed on the protected airspace for CNK405, departing off RWY09. Separation decreased to 2.0 NM where 3.0 NM is required.

October 1, 2012

Incident at Vicinity of Kelowna International Airport (CYLW)

A Carson Air Swearingen SA226TC (C-GCAW/operating as CA8064) executed a missed approach and requested to fly southwest to sort out a "problem". Upon returning to land pilot reported that they had a minor engine problem and were not declaring an emergency, but requested firehall trucks to standby. CA8064 landed without incident, no operational impact.
UPDATE A12P0168: The Carson Air Flt 8064, a SW3, C-GCAW (ser # TC358), was on approach when a problem was detected with an engine (GARRETT, TPE331-10UA-511G). The crew conducted an overshoot to troubleshoot the problem and requested that ERS be put on standby. The aircraft landed without incident.
UPDATE Flight Crew had a prop governor/underspeed fuel governor separation issue which caused them to not be able to reduce power below 800 ft lbs of torque. They went around to troubleshoot and noted that pulling the speed lever back allowed power to be reduced. Adjustments were made and aircraft is serviceable.

September 11, 2012

Incident at Vicinity of Victoria International Airport (CYYJ)

A privately registered Cessna 172 transited the Victoria Class D airspace in an eastbound direction at 2500' without contacting Victoria Tower. The aircraft came in conflict with two other aircraft -a DH3T was descended and a SW3 was denied descent. Pilot advised of his transgression via phone after the fact.

September 6, 2012

Incident at PRINCE GEORGE BC (CYXS)

A Carson Air Swearingen SW3 pilot reported bird strike on departure, no birds found during runway check.
UPDATE from Aerodrome Safety: No further action required. The Prince George Airport has a wildlife program in place meeting the regulatory requirement of CAR 302.

July 19, 2012

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

A Carson Air Swearingen SW3 operating flight CA67, VFR Fort St. John (CYXJ) to Dawson Creek (CYDQ), departed rwy20 and when 7 nm south of CYXJ reported a gear problem. CA67 flew over the airport and the flight service specialist (FSS) indicated that the gear appeared to be retracted. CA67 continued on to CYDQ. No impact on operations
UPDATE Flight Crew had a red in transit light when the gear was up. They did a fly by to confirm that all gear was retracted. The light eventually extinguished and worked normally the rest of the day. The gear position uplock switch was replaced that evening at YVR.

April 5, 2012

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ)

A Carson Air SW3 operating flight CA67, IFR Fort St. John (CYXJ) to Dawson Creek (CYDQ), reported in the missed approach due to birds on runway 24. CA67 performed a circuit and landed at 2356. No impact on operations.
UPDATE from Aerodrome Safety: No further action required. The Dawson Creek airport has a wildlife program in place meeting the regulatory requirement of CAR 302.

March 1, 2012

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ) (ATM - other)

A North Cariboo Air Beech 1900C operating flight NCB1902, IFR Edmonton (CYEG) to Fort St. John (CYYE) had its communications with CYYE Radio on the CYYE Mandatory Frequency (MF) 122.2 interfered with by the Remote Airport Advisory Service from Peace River (CYPE) Radio to CA66, a Carson Air Swearingen SW3, IFR Prince George (CYXS) to Dawson Creek (CYDQ). CYDQ and CYYE have same MF frequency.

January 6, 2011

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

Fairchild SW3 had a transponder failure and requested to enter Winnipeg Transponder airspace. Aircraft was authorized and landed at 1251Z.

November 24, 2010

Incident at Kelowna

UPDATE from Maintenance & Manufacturing: Landing gear bell cranks were removed and found not to be accepting grease. Fault was rectified. Approximately three landings later the crew observed that the left hand gear was slow to indicate green. The outboard actuator was found to be leaking internally and replaced. The operator typically encounters a rise in actuator failures during cold weather (winter) operations.
Carson Air Flight CA8064, a Swearingen SA226TC IFR Calgary to Kelowna, advised the Tower of a gear indication problem when 1 mile final. CA8064 did a low approach, gear appeared normal, and landed safely at 1445Z with Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting on standby. There was no operational impact.
UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A10P0381 - The Carson Air SW3 aircraft (C-GCAU), operating as CA8064, was on final for Runway 16 at Kelowna after a flight from Calgary when the crew advised the Tower of an unsafe landing gear indication. They carried out a missed approach, and while flying by the tower were advised that the gear positions appeared normal. The aircraft landed on Runway 16 without difficulty with Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting on standby.

August 25, 2010

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR) (Overshoot/missed approach, FOD (foreign object debris), Conflict - potential, Communication error, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction, ATS operating irregularity)

Runway 08L closed due FOD Alarm from OPS23, an Airport Operations vehicle; OPS23 authorized onto Runway. Carson Air Swearing SW3 flight CA8057, IFR Kamloops to Vancouver observed on short final Runway 08L, with no prior radio contact, and pulled-up through blind transmission by Tower. OPS23 exited Runway. Radio contact established with CA8057, subsequently landed Runway 08L at 1538z.CA8057, Air Canada Embraer E190 flight ACA205, IFR Calgary to Vancouver & Air Canada Embraer E190 flight ACA295, IFR Winnipeg to Vancouver all landed Runway 08L while the Runway was obstructed and closed by Airport Authority.

July 8, 2010

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ)

At 1621Z Carson Air Flight CA66 (C-GKLJ), a Swearingen SW3 VFR Prince George to Dawson Creek, reported final for Runway 06. CA66 was asked to report off runway. At 1625Z CA66 was called several times; no response was heard. Ground staff confirmed CA66 was shut down on the main ramp at 1626Z. There was no impact on operations.

June 3, 2010

Incident at PRINCE GEORGE BC (CYXS)

Carson Air flight CA66 Swearingen SW3, VFR Prince George to Dawson?s Creek had a steering issue on take off roll and aborted. Struck runway edge light. Minimal operational impact.
UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A10P0160 - The Carson Air Fairchild SW3 aircraft (C-GCAW), operating as CA66, was taking off on Runway 33 at Prince George for an IFR flight to Dawson Creek. During the take-off roll, at about 65-70 knots the aircraft began to veer to the left. The captain, the flying pilot, released the nose wheel steering button on the power lever and applied right rudder, but directional control was lost. The captain decided to reject the take-off. He closed the power levers, selected ground idle and applied brakes. The aircraft remained on the runway but struck a runway light on the left side of the runway and came to a stop near the center of the runway. The aircraft sustained damage to the right propellor, one tip on the left propellor, 4 punctures on the right side of the fuselage and damage to both right main tires. The two pilots, the sole occupants, were not injured.
UPDATE from Maintenance & Manufacturing: Carson Air Flight CA66 (C-GCAW) had what appeared to be a nose wheel steering failure on take-off at Prince George. The aircraft started to veer left at about 70 Kts, where rudder authority is normally gained. The steering was shut off, and the aircraft recovered to the right but began to oscillate left and right. By the time the aircraft was slowed down, it was off to the side of the runway and took out a runway light with one propellor. The aircraft was taxied back to the ramp, at which time the steering worked. Indications are that it is a Servo Valve failure. An engine and propellor will be changed and the aircraft returned to Kelowna.

April 8, 2010

Incident at ABBOTSFORD BC (CYXX) (TCAS alert)

Westjet flight WJA575, a Boeing 737-700, IFR Edmonton to Abbotsford (CYXX) was inbound to CYXX on the Required Navigation Performance Runway 25 Approach. Carson Air Flight flight CA666, a Swearingen SW3 VFR Kelowna to CYXX cancelled IFR for Runway 19 with the Westjet in sight and was switched to Tower by Terminal. As traffic was being passed to WJA575, Tower was not yet talking to CA666. WJA575 did receive a Resolution Advisory (RA) as the SW3 was still descending below 037 and WJA535 was in a slow descent through approximately 030. JWA575 advised Tower after landing of the RA.

March 16, 2010

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR) (Conflict - loss of separation, ATS operating irregularity)

Less than the required wake turbulence separation existed on final for Runway 08L between Air Canada Jazz Flight JZA189, a Dehavilland DH8C IFR Kamloops to Vancouver (CYVR), and Sunwest Airlines Flight CNK403, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Victoria to CYVR.

February 18, 2010

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ)

Carson Air Flight CA66, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Prince George to Dawson Creek, estimated time of landing on Runway 06 was 1829Z. By 1832Z no call had been received from CA66 to report off Runway 06. Several attempts to contact CA66 on Frequency 122.2 were unanswered. Ground staff confirmed CA66 was on the ramp at 1834Z.

February 16, 2010

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

UPDATE from Maintenance & Manufacturing: Carson Air Flight CA44 (C-FAFR) was on the take-off roll for Terrace. All indications were normal and then they had an ?SRL OFF? Annunciator illuminate. (Single Red Line controller, modifies the EGT signal based on temperature, pressure, etc.) The Captain called for a reject which was carried out. They consulted the Aircraft Flight Manual and used the alternate procedure, which is to manually calculate the allowable EGT based on conditions. Take-off was carried out normally with the SRL in the off position. Subsequent ground check in Terrace had no faults and no faults on the remaining legs.
UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A10P0045 - The Carson Air Fairchild SA227-AC aircraft (C-FAFR), operating as CA44, was taking off on Runway 08R at Vancouver for a flight to Terrace when the SLR Off (Single Red Line) warning illuminated. The captain rejected the take-off and brought the aircraft to a stop on the runway. It was subsequently determined that the SLR system had malfunctioned.
Carson Air Flight CA44, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Vancouver to Terrace, aborted take-off from Runway 08R due to a cockpit warning light. Federal Express Corp. Flight FDX142 was assigned a missed approach. FDX142 landed on Runway 08R at 1502Z.

January 25, 2010

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ)

Carson Air Flight CA66, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Prince George to Dawson Creek, cancelled IFR and closed the IFR flight plan at 1735Z. CA66 performed an "aborted landing" on approach for Runway 24 at 1738Z. CA66 joined downwind left for another visual approach for Runway 24. CA66 was asked if assistance was required. CA66 declined and stated that they had "accumulated ice on the intake" and were landing in 3 minutes. CA66 landed on Runway 24 at 1741Z.

January 21, 2010

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ)

Carson Air Flight CA66, a Swearingen SW3 IFR origin unknown to Dawson Creek (CYDQ), executed a missed approach at CYDQ. Weather: 211721 AUTO 00000 2 1/4 SM - SN OVC004.

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ) (Weather - visibility, Overshoot/missed approach)

At 0010Z Central Mountain Air Flight GLR805, a Dornier D328, and at 0059Z Carson Air Flight CA67, a Swearingen SW3, executed missed approaches at Dawson Creek (CYDQ). Weather: SPECI CYDQ 210002Z AUTO 05003KT 5SM BR OVC005 M10/M11 A2940= .

January 19, 2010

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ)

Carson Air Flight CA66, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Prince George to Dawson Creek (CYDQ), conducted a missed approach at 2010Z. CYDQ 2000Z AUTO 00000KT 7SM OVC003 M11/M12 A2936, CYDQ 2013Z AUTO 00000KT 3SM OVC003 M11/M12 A2936.

January 13, 2010

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ)

Carson Air Flight CA300, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Williams Lake to Dawson Creek, was inbound with clearance to 11,000 ASL. The Edmonton Controller observed the aircraft descending through 10, 500 ASL and queried the pilot who confirmed his descent altitude. The Controller instructed CA300 to maintain 9,000 ASL. No loss of separation occurred.

January 12, 2010

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ)

Carson Air Flight CA66, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Prince George to Dawson Creek (CYDQ), performed a missed approach for Runway 24 at 1736Z. CA66 requested direct to Fort St. John. Weather at CYDQ SPECI 121731 AUTO 00000KT 1 3/4 -SN OVC006 VIS VRB 3/4-3.

December 19, 2009

Incident at Kelowna

Carson Air Swearingen SA226 operating IFR Flight CA78, Penticton to Kelowna, was inbound for Rwy 16, reported a nose gear up indication. The aircraft missed the approach, rectified problem, and landed safely without incident.
UPDATE from TSB A09P0412: The Carson Air Fairchild SW3 aircraft, C-GLSC, operating as CA78, was on approach for runway 16 at Kelowna, after a flight from Penticton. When the crew selected the landing gear down the nose wheel did not extend. They recycled once with no change and then conducted a missed approach. They completed the appropriate QRH checklist, which included an emergency gear extension procedure, and obtained a normal gear down and locked indication on all three wheels. The aircraft then landed on runway 34 at Kelowna without further event.

December 14, 2009

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ) (ATM - weather observation systems, ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

Carson Air Flight CA66, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Dawson Creek (CYDQ) to Fort St. John, reported the entire runway visible from the apron at CYDQ. CYDQ Aviation Weather Observation System (AWOS) was reporting ΒΌ SM FZFG (Freezing Fog). Weather cameras agreed with the pilot. The Nav Canada Technical Operations Centre was advised and a NOTAM was issued for the visibility sensor.
UPDATE from ANS & Airspace: No further action required.

November 30, 2009

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ) (Incursion - runway - animal)

Carson Air Flight CA67, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Vancouver to Dawson Creek, advised they saw a coyote running along the airport fence line. Maintenance was advised and responded, but were unable to locate the coyote. There was no impact on operations.
UPDATE from Aerodrome Safety: No further action required. The Dawson Creek Airport has a wildlife program in place meeting the regulatory requirement of CAR 302.

November 28, 2009

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ) (Incursion - runway - animal)

Carson Air Flight CA67, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Dawson Creek (CYDQ) to Prince George, reported a coyote crossing the runway at CYDQ.
UPDATE from Aerodrome Safety: No further action required. The Dawson Creek Airport has a wildlife program in place meeting the regulatory requirement of CAR 302.

December 1, 2009

Incident at Kelowna

Carson Air Flight CA8985, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Kelowna to Vancouver, rejected take-off. There was no impact on operations, and the reason was unknown. The flight plan was cancelled.

November 5, 2009

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ) (ATM - other)

UPDATE from ANS & Airspace: No further action required.
Air Canada Jazz Flight JZA54, a Dehavilland DH8C IFR Victoria (CYYJ) to Vancouver (CYVR), was in position with Sunwest Aviation Flight CNK402, a Swearingen SW3 IFR CYVR to CYYJ, on final when the National Voice Communications System (NVCS) failed. The Controller switched to the back-up system to regain communications.

October 28, 2009

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

A Carson Air Swearingen SW3, on an IFR Flight CYDQ (Dawson Creek) to CYXJ (Fort St. John) landed runway 29 and taxied in with reported visibility 1/4 mile in FZFG and RVR 29 strength 5. Aircraft advised on approach of the visibility and RVR readings.

October 21, 2009

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ)

Carson Air Flight CA66 (C-FBWQ), a Swearingen SW3 IFR Prince George to Dawson Creek, did not report down or off the runway.

August 5, 2009

Incident at Kelowna

On takeoff-roll Carson Air Flight CA7081, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Kelowna to Calgary, blew two tires on the left rear landing gear and subsequently aborted take-off. Westjet Airlines Flight WJA183 and Carson Air Flight CA811 were delayed 10 minutes on arrival while crews cleared the runway of debris.
UPDATE from Maintenance & Manufacturing: Maintenance investigated the tire failure. The aircraft braking system was checked and determined to be functioning normally. Most recent aircraft inspection was completed 2009/07/29. The tires were inspected and pressures checked at this time. The runway was inspected for Foreign Object Debris (FOD) and none was found. It is suspect one tire blew taking out the second tire. This particular tire is used extensively throughout the company?s fleet of aircraft without prior issues. The wheel assemblies were changed and the aircraft returned to service with no further issues.
UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A09P0238 - The Carson Air Fairchild SW3 aircraft (C-GCAW), operating as CA7081, was taking off on Runway 34 at Kelowna for Calgary. While accelerating through 80 knots, the crew felt tires blow and the aircraft yawed to the left. The captain took control of the aircraft and rejected the take-off. The aircraft was able to exit the runway onto Taxiway Bravo and was then shut-down. Both tires on the left main gear were found deflated. The brakes, hubs, and landing gear were inspected, the tires replaced, and the aircraft was returned to service.

July 15, 2009

Incident at KAMLOOPS BC (CYKA) (ATM - other)

UPDATE from System Safety: Change OPI to ANS & Airspace due to ongoing technical issues at Kamloops. No further action required.
Carson Air flight CA89 Swearingen SW3 (GKLJ), VFR Williams Lake to Kamloops was unable to establish communication 5 minutes prior to entering the Mandatory Frequency MF zone.

July 11, 2009

Incident at KAMLOOPS BC (CYKA) (ATM - other)

Carson Air Flight CA89, a Swearingen SW3 VFR Williams Lake to Kamloops, was unable to establish communication 5 minutes prior to entering the Mandatory Frequency zone.
UPDATE from ANS & Airspace: No further action required.

July 4, 2009

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A09P0183 - The Sunwest Aviation Fairchild SA-226TC aircraft (C-FGEW), operating as REGS12, took off from Vancouver Runway 26L. Just after lift-off the left engine (Garrett TPE-331-10UA-511G) ingested a bird. The engine emitted a high pitch noise and a torque reduction of 600-700 ft-lbs occurred. The crew decided to return to Vancouver, where the aircraft landed on Runway 26L without further difficulty. The engine was not shut down and no emergency was declared. The engine is being inspected by the company for damage.
Sunwest Aviation (C-FGEW) Swearing SW3, IFR Vancouver to Vancouver departed Rwy26L. Pilot reported a bird strike, cancelled IFR and returned and landed Runway 26L. After landing pilot reported debris on runway. Runway was closed for inspection for 5 minutes. 5 aircraft waiting to depart.
UPDATE from Aerodrome Safety: No further action required. The Vancouver Airport has a wildlife program in place meeting the regulatory requirement of CAR 302.

May 29, 2009

Incident at KAMLOOPS BC (CYKA)

UPDATE / Add Info from TSB; A09P0137 - The Carson Air SW3 aircraft (C-GCAU), operating as CA7064, took off from Kamloops Runway 26 for a flight to Calgary. While climbing through 1,000 feet AGL, the left engine fire warning light illuminated. The flying pilot made a left turn to downwind for Runway 26 and levelled off. After about 30 seconds the light extinguished. The crew landed on Runway 26 at Kamloops without further event. After consulting with company maintenance by telephone, the crew decided to continue the flight to Calgary. After taking off from Runway 26, the left engine fire warning light again illuminated. The crew again prepared to return to Kamloops and land on Runway 26 but after 30 seconds the light extinguished. The crew continued the flight to Calgary.
Carson Air Flight CA7064, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Kamloops to Calgary, departed and had an engine fire light go on and decided to circle and land. The light went out prior to landing. The aircraft had Maintenance check it out and departed 15 minutes later with no further incident.
UPDATE from Maintenance & Manufacturing: This aircraft type (SW3) has a history of transient, intermittent lights that cannot be duplicated and are common on these aircraft, especially in very warm or very cold temperatures. After a second occurrence of flickering light, Maintenance replaced all the fire detectors on that engine as all were somewhat suspect in their condition. However, there were still no hard faults. The aircraft has been flying with no repeat occurrences.

February 7, 2009

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ) (TCAS alert)

Air Canada Jazz Flight JZA76, a Dehavilland DH8C IFR Victoria (CYYJ) to Vancouver, departed Runway 27 and reported that he had Carson Air Flight CA23, a Swearingen SW3 VFR Nanaimo to CYYJ, in sight. CA23 was joining downwind at 1000' 1 mile North of the approach. JZA76 later advised they had had a Resolution Advisory with CA23.

January 27, 2009

Incident at TERRACE BC (CYXT) (Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition)

UPDATE from Airport Manager: Carson Air Flight CA45 (C-FKKR) landed on Runway 33 and departed the runway approximately 1780 ft down the runway on the left (West) side. The aircraft went through a 2 ft high windrow of snow, damaging the propellers on both engines. The aircraft then carried on approximately 700 ft further and about 75 ft outside the edge lights parallel to the runway before coming to a stop. There were no injuries.
UPDATE from Aerodrome Safety: There were 3 staff on shift at the Terrace Airport at the time. The weather conditions were snowing heavy and dark. There were two plow trucks and sweepers working on the runway just prior to the landing. The Runway Surface Condition Report given at 1750 hrs (8 minutes prior to landing) was: Center 80 ft (40 ft either side of centreline) - 100% 1/8 in. snow; From 40 ft either side of centreline to 60 ft from centreline - 100% 6 in. snow; From 60 ft either side of centreline to outside edges of runway (15 ft) - 2 ft windrows. The aircraft landed on Runway 33 and departed the runway approximately 1780 ft down the runway on the left (West) side. The aircraft then carried on for approximately 700 ft further and about 75 ft outside the edge lights parallel to the runway before coming to a stop. The staff towed the aircraft back to the apron with the permission of the pilot. The propellers on both engines struck the windrow of snow on the edge of the runway as it went through the windrow and departed the runway. All the propellers looked to be bent. There did not seem to be any other apparent damage. A snow blower had been out blowing windrows prior to the flight but had not had time to remove all the windrows on the main runway.
Carson Air Flight CA45, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Smithers to Terrace, caught a windrow after landing on Runway 33 and went off the runway. There were no injuries. The extent of the damage is unknown. Airport operations were normal.
UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A09P0013: The Carson Air Swearingen SA226-TC aircraft, C-FKKR, operating as CA45, was landing on runway 33 at Terrace after a flight from Smithers. The runway was snow covered, with snow depth increasing on both sides of the centre line. Visibility was varying between 1/2 to 5/8 mile in falling snow, and the wind was 010/04 knots. The First Officer was the Pilot Flying. At touchdown, directional control was lost and the aircraft went off the west side of the runway, striking a windrow with both propellers. The aircraft sustained minor damage to the propellers. The two crew members, the only occupants, were not injured.

April 12, 2009

Accident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

The Slate Falls Airways (1999) Inc. Cessna T210M aircraft (C-GHEG) was on a VFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Cat Lake (CYAC). When the Cessna was approximate 16 north of Sioux Look-out (CYXL) at 1712z, he advised he was attempting to return to the airport but doesn't think he will make it due loss of engine power. C-GKPX, a VFR SW3 operating in the area at the same time, turned to the area to assist if necessary. Pilot of Cessna advised he had 5 souls on board, no hazardous cargo, an un-intelligible amount of fuel and that he was declaring an emergency. All agencies notified as per emergencies checklist. The pilot of the Cessna advised rather than try to make the airport and be un-successful leaving him no frozen water to land on that he was just going to land where he was. C-GKPX had visual contact with Cessna and confirmed his landing safely on the ice approximate 12 north-northwest of the Sioux Lookout airport at approximate 1720z. C-GKPX was also able to relay to CYXL FSS that all passengers had walked off the plane, that everyone was OK and that the intention of Slate Falls Airways was to dispatch a company Otter on skis to fly to the site to extract the passengers. C-FNWX, Slate Falls DH3T, departed company base at CKA6 at 1755z and returned at 1827z with all passengers and approximate no ambulance was necessary.
UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Initial Notification [#A09C0048]: The Slate Falls Airways Cessna T210M aircraft (C-GHEG) was en-route from Sioux Lookout, ON to Cat Lake, ON when the pilot noticed that the engine (Continental TSIO-520-R) was running rough and losing power. The pilot diverted the flight back to Sioux Lookout but, at about 16NM north of the airport, the pilot decided to land the aircraft on the surface of a frozen lake. After the landing, another aircraft observed the occupants exiting the aircraft. A company aircraft on skis was dispatched and retrieved all personnel and took them back to Sioux Lookout. No injuries were reported. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to its belly area. Inspection of the aircraft indicated an oil loss. A mechanical fault inside the engine is suspected. The aircraft is being removed from the site for repair.

December 17, 2008

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR) (Conflict - potential, ATS operating irregularity)

UPDATE from ANS & Airspace: Follow up by Air Traffic Control is ongoing.
UPDATE/ Add info from TSB: A08P0385: The Morningstar Boeing 727-100 aircraft, operating as MAL7079, was conducting an ILS approach to runway 08R at Vancouver, after a flight from Calgary. An operating irregularity occurred when the controller released a Carson Air SW3 aircraft, operating as CA22, off runway 08L on a Richmond 1 SID. The Richmond 1 SID would not have provided sufficient horizontal separation should MAL7079 have conducted a missed approach.
Carson Air Fairchild SW3 flight CA22, IFR Vancouver to Victoria Departed Runway 08L via Richmond 1 Departure. Mourning Star Boeing B721 flight MAL7079, IFR Calgary to Vancouver was on ILS Approach Runway 08R. The Richmond 1 Departure does not ensure separation from the missed approach for the ILS Runway 08R. MAL7079 did not conduct a missed approach.
UPDATE from Commercial & Business Aviation: Change OPI to ANS & Airspace.

November 26, 2008

Incident at TERRACE BC (CYXT) (ATM - other)

Mandatory Frequency 122.0 failed at Terrace. Carson Air Flight CA44, a Swearingen SW3 IFR Vancouver to Terrace, completed the approach without receiving an advisory. There was no operational impact.
UPDATE from ANS & Airspace: No further action required.

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