Incident at Thompson, MB


1997-06-20: In IFR conditions, Calm Air CAV 1557, a Saab 340 with 20 people on board was cleared for the approach into Thompson. CAV 1557 was on short final for Runway 05 when FSS staff observed a Robinson HR-22, C-FLTW inbound to Thompson near the approach path to Runway 05. C-FLTW was not in radio contact with FSS and was not monitoring the MF. The Calm Air flight was able to land safely and saw the helicopter on short final. FSS staff approached the pilot of the helicopter after it landed and the pilot said he had been communicating on 118.0, which had been decommissioned 3 years ago. He said this frequency was provided by his GPS equipment, but on questioning, admitted the GPS database had not been updated for "a couple of years." He did not consult his copy of the Flight Supplement which was on the seat beside him because he was "too busy." When FSS staff asked for his name, the pilot declined to give it, and said "he hoped nothing would come of this." Upon departure from Thompson, the pilot did not file a flight plan, rather he flew on a company flight note. Weather at the time of the incident was 700 feet broken, 2000 feet overcast, visibility 5 miles in light rain and fog.


CADORS Number 1997C0380
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1997-06-19 - 21:13
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Manitoba, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Thompson, MB
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Other,Airprox/TCAS alert/loss of separation/(near) midair collisions

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration FLTW | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of ROBINSON
Model R22 BETA
Year Built 1987
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Approach
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction,Conflict - IFR & VFR

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