March 9, 2020

Incident at SAULT STE. MARIE ON (CYAM)

At Sault Ste. Marie, ON (CYAM), separation was not assured between a Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SW4 (BLS371) that was departing CYAM and a Government Of Canada, Department Of Transport Beech C90A (C-FGXL/TGO996) that was cleared for an approach.

January 14, 2020

Incident at SAULT STE. MARIE ON (CYAM)

A Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SW4 (BLS384) from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Sault Ste. Marie, ON (CYAM) landed with light gun, no effect on operations.

March 4, 2020

Incident at 35NM WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

A Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SW4 (BLS312) from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) reported a fire indication and advised it was returning to CYWG. The aircraft landed without further incident at 0133Z. No impact to operations.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. Metro 23 flight BLS312 had an air return due to an engine fire indication. The right fire light on fire extinguisher panel illuminated dimly. Engine was shut down and fire extinguisher was activated. The no. 2 fire detector probe (450°F) on the lower left side of the right-hand (R/H) side of the engine firewall was found to be defective. No. 2 fire detector probe was replaced and the R/H engine fire extinguisher bottle was replaced.

February 1, 2020

Incident at 9NM WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

A Perimeter Aviation Swearingen SW4 (PAG117) from Cross Lake, MB (CYCR) to Winnipeg/Richardson, MB (CYWG) reported 3 green flashes from a laser. No impact to the pilot. Police notified and investigated.

September 5, 2019

Incident at ABBOTSFORD BC (CYXX)

A Perimeter Aviation Swearingen SW4 aircraft (PAG12) from Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) to Medicine Hat, AB (CYXH) was assigned and accepted the XX9 departure by the Ground controller. PAG12 misread the standard instrument departure (SID) and flew the runway heading. The Victoria (YJ) Terminal corrected the pilot.

September 22, 2019

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

A Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SW4 (BLS361) from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) requested that an ambulance meet them on arrival due to a sick passenger. 911 advised.

September 24, 2019

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

A Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SW4 (C-GJVH/BLS371) from Sault Ste.Marie, ON (CYAM) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) reported a possible bird strike while landing Runway 30, nothing found on inspection.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. No evidence of bird strike noted.

August 23, 2019

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT) (Bird presence)

The pilot of a Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SW4 (BLS377) from Sault Ste. Marie, ON (CYAM) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) initiated a go around on short final for Runway 30 due to birds in the approach path.

August 14, 2019

Incident at SUDBURY ON (CYSB)

At Sudbury, ON (CYSB), an unknown float plane was observed visually with a corresponding primary target entering the control zone just west of the departure path of Runway 22, eastbound. Lost visual and radar contact with the aircraft as it was passing the extended centreline of Runway 04/22, approximately 6.5NM out. A Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SW4 (BLS371) from Sudbury, ON (CYSB) to Sault Ste. Marie, ON (CYAM) was taking position for a departure from Runway 22 at the time.

July 1, 2019

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

A Bearskin Lake Air Service Swearingen SW4 (BLS319) from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) reported an engine indication and advised returning to CYQT. The pilot indicated that there was no emergency. No impact to operations.

January 18, 2019

Incident at 4953N / 09647W

A Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SW4 (BLS319) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Winnipeg/Richardson, MB (CYWG) reported the cockpit being struck by a green laser while on arrival to CYWG. No operational impact.

June 14, 2019

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

A Calm Air Aerospatiale ATR-72-202 (CAV136) from Winnipeg/Richardson, MB (CYWG) to Gillam, MB (CYGX) rejected its takeoff due to an engine indication. A Perimeter Aviation Swearingen SW4 (PAG191) from Thompson, MB (CYTH) to Winnipeg/Richardson, MB (CYWG) executed a missed approach due to CAV136 still being on the runway, and stayed VFR with the tower.

December 27, 2018

Incident at 20NM THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

20 nautical miles east of Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT), a Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SW4 (BLS374) from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) reported a generator problem and advised returning to CYQT. No assistance requested and the aircraft landed without further incident at 1750Z. No impact to operations.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The aircraft returned to CYQT for "left hand (L/H) Gen" going off line and would not reset. The L/H Generator Control Unit (GCU) was replaced.

December 17, 2018

Incident at 90NM THUNDER BAY ON VOR/DME (YQT)

A Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SW4 (BLS373) from Sault Ste. Marie, ON (CYAM) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) was level at 14 000 feet, and was subsequently observed on the radar to descend rapidly to 10 000 feet without clearance. When queried, the pilot said the descent was due to severe turbulence. There were no other aircraft in the area. No other impact to operations.

August 12, 2018

Incident at In the vicinity of: SUDBURY ON (CYSB)

A Mag Aerospace Canada Corp. Cessna 172M (C-GNXM) from Sudbury, ON (CYSB) to Sudbury, ON (CYSB) squawked 7600, 5 nautical miles southwest of the airport, not receiving transmissions and returning to land. The aircraft landed safely. An inbound Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SW4 changed runways to accommodate. No other operational impact.

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)..."

September 25, 2018

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

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SW4 (PAG12) from Island Lake, MB (CYIV) to Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson Int'l, MB (CYWG) reported failure to get receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM). The aircraft returned to arrival for vectors. No operational impact.

August 31, 2018

Incident at THOMPSON MB (CYTH) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A Perimeter Aviation Swearingen SW4 Metroliner (PAG963) from York Landing, MB (CZAC) to Thompson, MB (CYTH) reported a possible bird strike after landing on Runway 24. The staff vehicle found the remains of an unknown bird and removed them from the runway. No impact on operations.

June 7, 2018

Incident at NORWAY HOUSE MB (CYNE) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

Received phone call from North Low Controller indicating they issued a Clearance for a Perimeter Swearingen SW4 (PAG986) from Norway House, MB (CYNE) to Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) on the ground looking to depart CYNE. No transmissions received in Kenora. Unknown impact to operations as it is unknown how long receiver was out for. Last working transmission was approximately one hour previous. NOTAM issued.

May 26, 2018

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

A Can-West Corporate Air Charters Ltd. Beech 200 (CW924) from Calgary International, AB (CYYC) to Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) was instructed to line up and wait at the threshold of CYYC Runway 17R. The instruction was read back, however CW924 lined up and commenced the takeoff roll without clearance. The tower stopped CW924 from departing, as ground was crossing a Swearingen aircraft (SW4) at Taxiway U. CW924 had travelled approximately 800 feet down the runway. No operational impact.

March 22, 2017

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

A Carson Air Swearingen SW4 (CA100T) on a local flight from Calgary, AB (CYYC) rejected take off Runway 17R. No reason given. The aircraft taxied back to hangar. No operational impact.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The aircraft was about to depart from CYYC on a training flight when the left hand (L/H) torque indication dropped to zero as they started the takeoff roll, they rejected the takeoff and taxied back to hangar. Maintenance found the L/H torque transducer had failed. The transducer was replaced and the indication checked serviceable on ground runs. Aircraft was returned to service.

August 7, 2017

Incident at CHARLO REGIONAL AIRPORT

After landing, a Provincial Airlines SW4 (PVL904) from Wabush, NL (CYWK) to Charlo, NB (CYCL) reported having encountered an unidentified helicopter overflying the airport while they were on base leg 2 miles away with no communication having been made on the Aerodrome Traffic Frequency (ATF).

June 16, 2016

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

An Orca Airways Ltd. Swearingen SW4 (C-FIOB / ORK340) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Prince George, BC (CYXS) returned to CYVR due to a minor aircraft issue. Tower initiated a precautionary standby and ORK340 landed on Runway 08R without incident. There was no operational impact.

July 30, 2016

Incident at 14NM SE SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

A Bearskin GP Inc. Fairchild SW4 (BLS318) from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) reported deviating due to a traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) advisory climbing through approximately 7800 FT eastbound after departure from CYXL. Traffic was a Wasaya Airways Beech 1900 (WSG615) from CYQT to CYXL who had cancelled IFR on descent to CYXL. Traffic advisories had been provided to both aircraft by the Winnipeg Area Control Centre (ACC) controller. BLS318 was observed on radar passing 2000 FT above WSG615 and 0.3 miles laterally. No other impact to operations.

June 16, 2016

Incident at SAULT STE. MARIE ON (CYAM)

A VFR aircraft off Runway 32 at Sault Ste. Marie, MI (KANJ) westbound entered the class D airspace without authorization. General broadcast contacted the aircraft and told them to turn south and exit the zone. At the time, there were three Zlin Z 42 aircraft in the circuit for Runway 12 at Sault Ste. Marie, ON (CYAM) and a Fairchild SW4 inbound IFR for Runway 12, and subsequent arrivals and departures. The aircraft from KANJ then had a stuck microphone on 118.8 for at least the next 45 minutes. This combination of factors was very disruptive to the CYAM operation. The aircraft was possibly an American privately-registered Cessna U206, although Tower did not get its identity.

March 20, 2016

Incident at In the vicinity of: OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW

On takeoff, a Bearskin Fairchild Metro SW4 (BLS504), from Ottawa (CYOW), ON, to Brantford (CYFD), ON, flew a route different from the one known to air traffic control (ATC). The route known and protected by ATC was CYOW TUKIR T614 DEBUM TESUK LINNG CYFD. No impact.

February 5, 2016

Incident at BRANTFORD ON (CYFD)

A Bearskin GP Fairchild SW4 (BLS505) from Timmins, ON (CYTS) to Brantford, ON (CYFD) declared PAN PAN PAN citing reduced engine power on one side. At 1649Z, BLS505 cancelled IFR and alerting and proceeded VFR to destination. No further updates provided. No operational impact.

July 22, 2016

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

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SW4 (PAG03) from Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) to Island Lake, MB (CYIV) rejected take off from Runway 31 due to an unspecified reason and taxied back to the apron. No operational impact.

June 20, 2016

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

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SW4 (PAG04) on a local flight from Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) departed and received an indication that required return to Winnipeg. Them aircraft returned and landed safely on Runway 31 at 0756Z. No emergency was declared and no equipment was requested.

June 3, 2016

Incident at NORWAY HOUSE MB (CYNE) (Bird presence)

A Perimeter Aviation Swearingen SW4 (PAG106) from Cross Lake, MB (CYCR) to Norway House, MB (CYNE) executed 3 missed approaches to Runway 24 due to birds on the threshold to Runway 24. The aircraft landed on Runway 06. The airport dispatched a vehicle to disperse the birds. There were no further operational impacts.

May 4, 2016

Incident at THOMPSON MB (CYTH)

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SW4 (PAG791) from Thompson, MB (CYTH) to Lac Brochet, MB (CZWH) aborted take-off due to an indication. No assistance was required. The aircraft taxied Alfa to Apron 1 without further incident. There was no impact on operations.

March 22, 2016

Incident at 48NM ENE CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

A Carson Air Fairchild SW4 (CA8067) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Saskatoon, SK (CYXE) elected to return to CYYC. No reason was given. No emergency was declared. The aircraft landed safely at 1701Z. No impact on operations.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The CASI contacted the operator involved for more information and was provided with additional details of this occurrence. Right Hand (R/H) engine started surging climbing through 8000ft. The crew pulled the power back and landed/taxied back with no problems. Maintenance found a problem with the Flight Control Unit (FCU). FCU was replaced and aircraft was declared serviceable. The CASI was satisfied with the information provided, the maintenance actions taken and advised that no further follow-up action by Transport Canada was required at this time.

March 23, 2016

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

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SW4 (PAG216) from Shamattawa, MB (CZTM) to Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) informed the Tower that they were going around approximately 1 mile final Runway 36 due to a gear indication. The aircraft stayed VFR with the Tower, solved the problem, and landed safely at 2014Z. No other impact.

December 21, 2015

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

An Ameriflight Fairchild Metro SW4 (AMF716), from Montréal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau (CYUL), QC, to Buffalo (KBUF), NY, took off from Runway 24L without authorization while a WestJet Boeing 737 600 (WJA592), from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson (CYYZ), ON, to Montréal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau (CYUL), QC, was still on the runway.

February 24, 2015

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

A Carson Air Fairchild SW4 (CA45) from Terrace, BC (CYXT) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) turning final Runway 26L at 3000 feet reported being hit by green laser. Aircraft advised that the source appeared to be coming from a football field. Police report filed.

January 9, 2015

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

A Carson Air Swearingen SW4 (CA45), from Terrace, BC (CYXT) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR), on approach to Runway 26L, was issued a missed approach by Tower due to traffic in position on runway. Previous arrival was slow to clear the active runway. No operational impact.

November 22, 2015

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

Shortly after take-off Terminal discovered that Bearskin GP Fairchild SW4 (BLS504) from Ottawa / MacDonald-Cartier, ON (CYOW) to Brantford, ON (CYFD)had a different routing than that in air traffic control's (ATC) possession. The aircraft had been cleared by the centre-stored routing, however the crew had a routing not updated with Nav Canada. No impact on operations.

May 7, 2014

Incident at SUDBURY ON (CYSB)

A Discovery Air Fire Services Cessna 172M (C-GNXM) on a local flight from Sudbury, ON (CYSB) made first contact with flight service station (FSS) when already 2 miles inside mandatory frequency (MF), at 5 miles west of CYSB. Two other Cessnas in the circuit and a SW4 10 miles west and also inbound for runway 12. C-GNXM climbed to A030 and joined overhead left downwind for runway 12. No disruption to other traffic or operations.

March 31, 2014

Incident at KITCHENER / WATERLOO ON (CYKF)

A Bearskin Swearingen SW4 MERLIN 4 (BLS320) from Waterloo, ON (CYKF) to Ottawa, ON (CYOW) was delayed a few minutes due to a fox on the active runway.

September 18, 2014

Incident at 150NM N WINNIPEG/JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild Metro SW4 (PAG03), from Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) to Red Sucker Lake, MB (CYRS), reported a gauge indication and elected to return to CYWG. The aircraft landed safely at 0821Z. No impact to operations.

March 8, 2014

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC) (Incursion - manoeuvring area)

Both a WestJet Boeing 737-700 (WJA182) from Kelowna, BC (CYLW) followed by A Sunwest Aviation Fairchild SW4 (CNK1017) from Edmonton, AB (CYEG) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) had a coyote cross taxiway "G" in front of them. No other impact to operation.

July 14, 2013

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

An Ameriflight, LLC Fairchild Metro SW4 (AMF716) departed Montreal, QC (CYUL) runway 24L on a flight to Buffalo (KBUF), and climbed to 4,000 feet prior to making initial call. The TRUDO2 Standard Instrument Departure (SID) stipulates that non-jet aircraft maintain 3,000 feet. No impact on operations.

September 30, 2013

Incident at 8NM NE of CYVR

A Swearingen SW4 Merlin (CA44) departed off Runway 08R on the Vancouver 7 (CYVR) enroute to Terrace, BC (CYXT) cleared to 7,000'. At 1423Z, CA44 was observed climbing through 7,000' and reached 7,600'. No other traffic was affected.

January 24, 2013

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

A Bearskin Lake Air Swearingen SW4 Merlin 4 (BLS345) from Fort Frances, ON (CYAG) to Kenora, ON (CYAG) reported the visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) for runway 26 was unserviceable. Airport authority was advised.
Update: Follow-up information received from Specialties [2013/11/01]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The CASI was advised by the Airport Manager that this appeared to be a one-of incident in which a circuit breaker had tripped. No additional information. The CASI advised that no further follow-up was required at this time.

September 24, 2013

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

The following IFR aircraft departed RWY 07 with the associated weather conditions. SKW5542, N912SW, CRJ2, CYQT -> KORD, VIS 1/8, RVR 14 at 1001Z, JZA530, C-GUJA, CRJ2, CYQT -> CYYZ, VIS 1/4, RVR 35 at 1013Z, POE630, C-GLQF, DH8D, CYQT -> CYTZ, VIS 3/8, RVR 20 at 1044Z, BLS370, C-GAFQ, SW4, CYQT -> CYAM, VIS 3/8, RVR 18 at 1046Z

September 22, 2013

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A Bearskin GP Inc. Fairchild SW4 (BLS377) from Sault Ste.Marie, ON, reported hitting a bird on landing Thunder Bay (CYQT) runway 25. One dead seagull found on the threshold.

July 4, 2013

Incident at 10 miles SE RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

An Air Bravo Pilatus PC-12 (AB1268) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) made initial contact with the controller climbing through 9000 feet off Red Lake. The aircraft had been cleared to and read back 7000 feet. Traffic was an opposite direction was a SW4 inbound to CYRL who at that time cancelled IFR. AB1268 was subsequently cleared to flight planned altitude, and the inbound aircraft was given the traffic and the aircraft confirmed they would not be an issue.

June 26, 2013

Incident at 20 miles west of CYQK

A Bearskin Lake Air Service Fairchild Metro SW4 (BLS340) on a flight from Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) to Kenora, ON (CYQK) was given clearance to descend to 6,000 feet. The aircraft was radar observed in the descent below the cleared altitude without authorization. There was no traffic in the vicinity, therefore the aircraft was given an approach clearance. No impact to operations.

June 20, 2013

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Incursion - runway - animal)

2013-06-17 2325Z - Wasaya Airways WSG913 (B190) landed on RWY 16 and advised there was a turtle on runway 16/34. Turtle was removed by airport staff. No impact on airport operations. 2013-06-18 2250Z - Bearskin Lake Air BLS311 (SW4) on departure advised he saw a turtle on runway 16/34. Turtle was removed by airport staff. No impact on airport operations. 2013-06-20 0130Z - Wasaya Airways WSG991(B190) advised there was a turtle on taxiway A while taxiing on taxiway A. Airport staff removed the turtle before the next arrival. No impact on airport operations.

June 18, 2013

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Incursion - runway - animal)

2013-06-17 2325Z - Wasaya Airways WSG913 (B190) landed on RWY 16 and advised there was a turtle on runway 16/34. Turtle was removed by airport staff. No impact on airport operations. 2013-06-18 2250Z - Bearskin Lake Air BLS311 (SW4) on departure advised he saw a turtle on runway 16/34. Turtle was removed by airport staff. No impact on airport operations. 2013-06-20 0130Z - Wasaya Airways WSG991(B190) advised there was a turtle on taxiway A while taxiing on taxiway A. Airport staff removed the turtle before the next arrival. No impact on airport operations.

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