July 13, 2020

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A WestJet Boeing 737-800 (WJA663) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) reported a bird strike on departure from Runway 33L. Five Cliff Swallows were found. No operational impact.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The aircraft operating flight WJA663 on July 13, 2020 from CYYZ to CYYC was verified to be tail 813, registration C-GWSX. The WestJet flight crew reported a multiple bird strike on take-off on log page AK77735. The WestJet maintenance carried out a bird strike inspection in accordance with (IAW) the aircraft maintenance manual (AMM) 05-51-18. There were no signs of ingestion or damage on log page AK77735. The aircraft returned to service on log page AK77735, July 13, 2020.

April 2, 2019

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

A WestJet Boeing 737-700 (WJA663) from Toronto/Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) was cleared for the Runway 35R approach, LIBUX transition. WJA663 was observed outside of the approach containment area. WJA663 was vectored for a visual approach to Runway 35R.

March 6, 2019

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

A WestJet Boeing 737-8 (WJA663) from Toronto/Pearson Intl, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary Intl, AB (CYYC) conducted a go around when short final for Runway 17L due to a configuration issue. No operational impact.

January 7, 2019

Incident at BIRKO intersection

A WestJet Boeing 737 (WJA663) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary Intl, AB (CYYC) was inbound landing for Calgary when the pilot reported a medical emergency on board. The aircraft landed safely at 2156Z. No impact to operations.

March 11, 2018

Incident at 4953N / 11024W

A WestJet Boeing 737-700 (WJA663) from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) declared a medical emergency due to a passenger in distress. WJA663 asked for emergency medical services (EMS) to meet them at the gate. No impact to operations.

September 19, 2017

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ)

Update: Additional information received from Nav Canada: An Air Canada Boeing 777-300 (ACA005) was departing on a scheduled IFR flight from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport, ON (CYYZ) to Tokyo/Narita International Airport, Japan (RJTT). A WestJet Airlines Limited Boeing 737-700 (WJA663) was preparing to depart on a scheduled IFR flight from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary International Airport, AB (CYYC). An Obstacle Limitation Surface (OLS) violation occurred as ACA005 was rotating off of Runway 15L while WJA663 was taxiing on Taxiway CHARLIE, in the OLS just prior to the extended runway centreline. No operational impact.
Separation with taxiing traffic, a WestJet Boeing 737-700 (WJA663) on a flight from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) on Taxiway C was not assured as an Air Canada Boeing 777-300 (ACA005) on a flight from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) to Tokyo, Japan (RJTT) departed Runway 15L. No operational impact.

July 29, 2016

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ)

Air Transat Airbus A330-200 (TSC337) from Lisbon, Portugal (LPPT) to Toronto, ON (CYYZ) was instructed to execute a missed approach for runway 05 when departing traffic a WestJet Boeing 737-800 (WJA663) from Toronto, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) in position had to wait for an Air Canada Boeing 777-300 (ACA087) from Toronto, ON (CYYZ) to Shanghai, China (ZSPD) crossing runway 05 at Bravo was slow to clear the runway.

June 29, 2015

Incident at 15 SE SAULT STE MARIE, MI VOR/DME (SSM) (ELT)

A WestJet Boeing 737-800 (WJA663), from Toronto, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary, AB (CYYC), reported an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal 15 SE Sault Ste Marie, MI VOR/DME (SSM) while at FL360. The signal lasted a minute then stopped abruptly. Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton advised.

July 23, 2015

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

A WestJet Boeing 737 800 (WJA663) from Toronto, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) overshot on their own from 1nm final Runway 35R due to an "unstable" approach. Minimal impact to operation.

July 17, 2014

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

A WestJet Boeing 737 800 (WJA663) from Toronto, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) reported medical emergency at 2100Z. Aircraft landed safely on runway 35R at 2143Z. No impact on operations.

June 24, 2014

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC) (FOD (foreign object debris))

UPDATE: TSB Report#A14W0096: The Jazz Aviation LP, de Havilland DHC-8-400, was operating as flight JZA8473 from Grande Prairie, AB (CYQU) to Calgary, AB (CYYC). On approach to CYYC at 6.5nm from the threshold Runway 11, JZA8473 was given a clearance to turn left to a heading of 320 degrees and climb to 6000 feet. ATS had broken off the approach due to FOD on the runway from a bird strike. A WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-700 was operating as flight WJA663 from Toronto, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary, AB (CYYC). WJA663 was cleared to descend to 5000 feet and intercept the on course for Runway 17R. As JZA8473 completed the turn WJA663 rolled out on a 10.5 nm final for Runway 17R descending through 5700 feet. Separation eroded to 2.2 nm and 400 feet where 3.0 nm or 1000 feet is required.
At 2131Z, a Jazz de Havilland DHC 8 102 (JZA8478) from Grande Prairie, AB (CYQU) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) was pulled off the approach into CYYC due to foreign object debris (FOD) on the runway from a previous bird strike. JZA8478 was given vectors for sequencing. At 2132Z separation between JZA8478 and a WestJet Boeing 737 700 (WJA663) from Toronto, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) on approach into CYYC eroded to 2.2 miles and 400 feet prior to increasing where 3 miles or 1000 feet is required.

June 11, 2013

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

A Canadian North Boeing 737 700 (MPE1510) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Fort MacKay, AB (CAL4) rotated significantly further down the runway than expected after a Westjet Boeing 737 700 (WJA663) from Toronto, ON (CYYZ) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) had crossed the landing threshold runway 16.

December 6, 2012

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ)

The WestJet Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-7CT aircraft (C-GWSP, operating as flight WJA663) was nearing the conclusion of a scheduled IFR flight from Halifax (SIA) (CYHZ) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). NAV CANADA staff at Toronto ACC advised that the flight crew reported that their aircraft was in the downwind for runway 06R at 1157Z when they reported a green laser strike (the aircraft was at an altitude of approximately 9,000 feet, about one (1)NM south of Toronto (Downsview) Airport (CYZD)). Peel Regional Police were advised and the ATIS was updated. Ops. impact -- unknown.

April 14, 2011

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ)

The WestJet Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-700 series aircraft (operating as flight WJA663) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Halifax (SIA) (CYHZ) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). NAV CANADA staff at Toronto Tower reported that the flight crew advised of a medical emergency on board. The flight was given priority handling and landed on runway 06L at 1138Z. All agencies were notified and the aircraft was expedited to the gate. Ops. impact -- none.

April 4, 2011

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ)

The WestJet Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-700 series aircraft (operating as flight WJA663) was concluding a scheduled IFR flight from Halifax (SIA) (CYHZ) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). NAV CANADA staff at Toronto Tower reported that the flight crew initiated a missed approach to runway 06R due to an unstabilized approach. Ops. impact -- unknown.

January 4, 2010

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (Aerodrome - other)

The pilot of WJA663 at Gate 18 reported a vehicle on fire at their gate. The alarm was activated with Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting (ARFF) responding. The airport duty manager was advised. Nil TSB.

September 24, 2009

Incident at en-route from Halifax to Toronto

The Westjet Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-700 series aircraft (operating as flight WJA663) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Halifax (S.I.A.) (CYHZ) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). En-route to Toronto, the flight crew declared a medical emergency. Priority handling was given and arrangements were made. The aircraft landed on runway 06L at 1143Z and taxied to the gate without incident.

July 16, 2009

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown, Aerodrome - operations)

The Westjet Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-700 series aircraft (operating as flight WJA663) was departing on a scheduled IFR flight from Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) to Calgary International Airport (CYYC). The flight crew reported to ATC that their aircraft may have suffered a possible blown tire on departure from runway 23 at 1233Z. A runway inspection found debris on runway 23. The runway was unavailable for approximately 20 minutes. The flight crew was advised and the aircraft carried on to its intended destination. Ops. impact -- unknown.

January 26, 2009

Incident at en-route from Halifax to Toronto

The Westjet Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-700 series aircraft (operating as flight WJA663) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Halifax (Stanfield) International Airport (CYHZ) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). The flight crew advised the Toronto ACC Sector Controller that they would need medical assistance on arrival at the gate due to a sick passenger. The aircraft landed on runway 23 at 1247Z. Ops. impact -- unknown.

December 25, 2008

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

Compass Airlines Embraer E170 flight CPZ2006, IFR Vancouver to Minneapolis reported possible bird strike at rotation. Runway 08R closed for six minutes. Westjet flight WJA663, on the approach to runway 08R, was resequenced incurring a ten minute delay. Remains of a blue heron found. WJA800 delayed departure for six minutes.
UPDATE from Aerodrome Safety: No further action required. The Vancouver Airport has a wildlife program in place meeting the regulatory requirement of CAR 302.

April 8, 2008

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ)

UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Initial Notification [#A08O0094]: The Boeing 737-76N aircraft, operating as WestJet flight WJA663 departed Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) runway 23 for Calgary International Airport (CYYC). During the initial climb, the landing gear would not retract upon raising the gear handle. The manual gear extension door was closed and cycled several times along with the gear handle to attempt to raise the landing gear. Circuit breakers were checked okay. All three landing gear remained down and the aircraft spent approximately 25 minutes in a hold to burn off fuel to maximum landing weight. The aircraft returned to runway 23 in Toronto (LBPIA) for an uneventful landing. Maintenance staff found and repaired a faulty switch.
The Westjet Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-700 series aircraft (operating as WJA663) was departing on a scheduled IFR flight from Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) to Calgary International Airport (CYYC). The pilot advised of a gear problem at 7000 feet. At 1250 WJA 663 advised they would be returning to Toronto but would require 20 minutes holding to burn fuel. Landed safely runway 23 at 1338.

February 25, 2007

Incident at 15NM au sud-est du VOR de Sherbrooke (YSC)

C-FWBL, un Boeing 737 exploité par Westjet, effectuait un vol selon les règles de vol aux instruments (IFR) entre Halifax (CYHZ) etToronto (CYYZ). En raison d'un problème de pressurisation, l'appareil a poursuivi son vol vers sa destination à 16,000 pieds. Aucune urgence n'a été déclarée ni priorité demandée.

October 22, 2007

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown, Aerodrome - operations)

The Westjet Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-700 series aircraft (operating as WJA663) was departing on a scheduled IFR flight from Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) to Calgary International Airport (CYYC). The flight crew reported that bird strike had potentially occurred during the departure off of runway 23. The runway was closed for an inspection and the remains of two (2) medium-sized birds were recovered. Ops. impact -- unknown.

July 20, 2007

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ) (Overshoot/missed approach, Incursion - runway - aircraft)

The privately-operated Canadian Forest Products Ltd. Cessna C-560 Citation aircraft was taxiing after completing an IFR flight from Teterboro Airport, NJ (U.S.A.) (KTEB) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). The Westjet Airlines Limited Boeing B-737-700 series aircraft (operating as WJA663) was concluding a scheduled IFR flight from Halifax International Airport (CYHZ) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). The C-560 Citation aircraft did not stop at the hold short line for runway 05/23 as instructed so WJA663 was overshot the approach to runway 05 as a result. Ops. impact -- unknown.

June 16, 2007

Incident at over eastern Ontario (en-route Halifax to Toronto)

The Westjet Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-700 series aircraft (operating as WJA663) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Halifax International Airport (CYHZ) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). Montreal ACC staff reported to Toronto ACC staff that WJA663 had a medical emergency on board. The flight crew had requested that NAV CANADA staff make arrangements for an ambulance. All concerned NAV CANADA sectors and outside agencies were advised. The aircraft landed at 1117Z without no delay. Ops. impact -- unknown.

April 19, 2007

Incident at south of Ottawa

The Westjet Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-700 series aircraft (operating as WJA663) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Halifax International Airport (CYHZ) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). The flight crew declared a medical emergency en-route while the aircraft was south of Ottawa. The aircraft continued to destination where it landed without incident at 1139Z. Ops. impact -- unknown.

February 25, 2007

Incident at 15NM east of Sherbrooke VORTAC (YSC)

The Westjet Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-700 series aircraft (operating as WJA663) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Halifax International Airport (CYHZ) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). Due to a pressurization problem, the flight crew elected to continue the flight to Toronto at 16,000 feet (from a position approximately 15NM east of the Sherbrooke VORTAC (YSC)). No emergency declared or priority requested. Ops. impact -- unknown. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Suite à un problème de pressurisation, WJA663 poursuit son vol vers CYYZ à 16000pieds. Aucune urgence déclarée ou priorité demandée.

April 15, 2007

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The First Officer's forward windshield cracked on climb out through 17,500 ft. Corrective action: First Officer's forward windshield was replaced and tested. The right hand front window heat controller was also replaced as a precautionary measure.
WJA663, Boeing 737 7CT, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Toronto (CYYZ), reported a cracked windshield climbing through 18,000 ft. The aircraft requested and was cleared back to Halifax. No assistance was required and no emergency was declared. Flight circled Halifax for a period of time to burn off fuel and landed at 11:38Z. TSB Case Closed.
UPDATE TSB: A07A0034: The WestJet Boeing 737-700, operating as WJA663, was climbing through FL180 when the crew contacted Moncton ACC and reported a windscreen had cracked. They then requested, and were granted, clearance to return to Halifax. No assistance required, no emergency declared. Flight circled Halifax to burn off fuel then landed uneventfully at 08:38ADT.

October 23, 2006

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown, Aerodrome - operations)

The Westjet Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-700 series aircraft (operating as WJA663) was departing on a scheduled IFR flight from Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) to Calgary International Airport (CYYC). The flight crew reported that a birdstrike occurred during the departure. The runway was closed for an inspection. Ops. impact -- four (4) departures were delayed approximately 10 minutes while the runway was inspected/cleaned.

September 11, 2006

Incident at about 35NM west of Thunder Bay

The Westjet Airlines Ltd. Boeing 737-700 series aircraft was on a scheduled IFR flight from Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) to Calgary International Airport (CYYC). The flight diverted into Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT) due to an on-board medical emergency. The aircraft landed at 1441Z. An ambulance was dispatched.

September 9, 2005

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

Westjet 663, a Boeing 737, reported TCAS RA approx 2.5NM from touchdown RWY26R at Vancouver. There was no observed conflicting traffic. Closest A/C was on left base RWY26L. The TSB will follow up on this occurrence.
Update from the TSB: The Westjet 737-700 (C-FIWS, flight WJA663) was on approach to runway 26R at Vancouver, approximately 800 feet and 2 NM back, when the pilots received a TCAS climb RA. The pilots initiated a climb based on the RA. The pilots were cleared to 2000 feet and received a TA through 1800 feet. As the aircraft leveled at 2000 feet a descend RA was received. A descent was initiated and a ""Monitor Vertical Speed"" was followed with a ""Clear of Conflict"" at 1900 feet. A Turbo Otter above WJA663 was in sight shortly after the descend RA was received. The crew completed a vectored VFR circuit and landed on runway 26R. No aircraft could be positively identified as causing the initial climb RA.

August 9, 2005

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

Update from Aerodrome Safety: No further action required.
Westjet flight WJA663 a Boeing 737 reported a birdstrike landing Runway 26R at Vancouver. 1 small bird found.

November 30, 2005

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ)

Pilot of Westjet flight WJA663, Boeing 737, advised enroute of a medical situation on board and request para-medics at the gate. AOCC advised. WJA663 landed runway 23 at 1310.

October 21, 2005

Incident at 60NM southeast of Sault Ste. Marie (ELT)

NAV CANADA staff at Toronto ACC were advised of a strong ELT signal at 1357Z by the flight crew of WJA663 at FL380, southeast of Sault Ste. Marie. It stopped abruptly at 1358Z. J.R.C.C. Trenton staff advised.

March 13, 2005

Incident at 55NM northeast of Toronto

The Westjet Airlines Inc. Boeing 737-700 series aircraft (operating as WJA663) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Halifax International Airport (CYHZ) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). The aircraft was approximately 55NM northeast of Toronto when the flight crew advised that they had a medical emergency on board and requested an ambulance be on hand at the gate. Information was passed to GTAA staff. WJA663 landed on runway 06L at 1309Z. Ops. impact -- none.

September 13, 2004

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

WJA663, a West Jet B737, was conducting a flight in accordance with instrument flight rules (IFR) between Halifax (CYHZ) and Toronto (CYYZ). The aircraft was over the Beauce (VLV) radio beacon when the crew requested a diversion to Dorval (CYUL) due to a medical emergency. The crew requested that an ambulance be on site upon landing. The aircraft was given priority.

October 23, 2004

Incident at over Ottawa (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, ATS operating irregularity)

The Westjet Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft (operating as WJA663) was on an IFR flight from Halifax International Airport (CYHZ) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). An operating irregularity occurred when WJA663 was handed off from Montréal ACC staff to Toronto ACC staff. While over Ottawa and on initial contact with Toronto ACC, the flight crew mentioned that they were in descent for FL280 although they had been cleared to (and read back) FL290. No loss of separation. No ATC implications.

July 11, 2004

Incident at vicinity of Oshawa (ELT)

NAV CANADA staff at Toronto ACC received several reports of weak ELT signals as follows: - WJA663, westbound at FL260, 30NM east of Simcoe, weak, signal lost over Simcoe; - VFR aircraft, eastbound at 5,500 feet, 10NM north of Oshawa, lost signal after a few minutes; and - CJA100, 15NM east of Toronto, picked signal up through 9,000 feet, signal weakened by 30 east of Toronto.

May 9, 2004

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ) (TCAS alert)

The Air Canada Airbus A-320 aircraft (operating at ACA605) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Halifax International Airport (CYHZ) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). The WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-700 series aircraft (operating as WJA663) was departing on a scheduled IFR flight from Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) to Calgary International Airport (CYYC). The Air Canada flight crew received a TCAS RA (while in level flight at 8,000 feet) generated by the climb of the departing Westjet Airlines aircraft (climbing rapidly to 7,000 feet). No incident occurred.

November 15, 2002

Incident at TORONTO / LESTER B. PEARSON INTL ON (CYYZ) (ATS operating irregularity)

The WestJet Airlines Ltd. aircraft (B737) (operating as WJA663) was an IFR flight which departed the Toronto (LBPIA) Airport (CYYZ) enroute to the Calgary International Airport (CYYC). The Corporate aircraft (CL60) (N121DF) was an IFR flight which departed CYYZ enroute to the Brantford Airport (CYFD). WJA663 departed runway 06L at CYYZ using a Standard Instrument Departure (SID), climbing to 5000 feet. About 1 minute later, N121DF departed runway 06L using the same SID. The climb speed of N121DF was 40 knots faster than WJA663. The required separation was lost when N121DF was 900 feet below and 2 miles behind WJA663. The Air Traffic Conrol Tower attempted to stop the climb of N121DF at 3000, but N121DF had already changed to the Departure frequency. The Departure Controller turned WJA663 north and subsequently turned N121DF south when he came on the frequency.
Supplemental information from T.S.B. Initial Notification (#A02O0375): The West Jet Boeing 737-700 aircraft (flight WJA663, registration C-GLWS), departing Toronto/LBPIA on a flight to Calgary, took off on runway 06R with clearance to climb to 5,000 feet on the SID. The corporate Canadair Challenger CL 601 aircraft (registration N121DF), departing to Burlington Vermont, took off one (1) minute later on the same runway on the same SID. The Challenger accelerated to a higher speed than the 737 and began to overtake. Tower attempted to stop the Challenger at 3,000 feet but the Challenger was changing to departure frequency at that moment. Separation diminished to 2 miles/900 feet (the requirement is 3 miles or 1,000 feet) before Departure turned the Challenger to increase separation.