1997-07-16: The pilot of C-GJLB
was taking off for his 16th spray flight of the day with a load of dry granular nitrogen pellets when the a/c was unable to sustain flight, for as yet unknown reasons. The a/c crash landed in a field and was substantially damaged, however the pilot was wearing a seat belt, shoulder harness and helmet and was able to walk away from the wreckage. TSB Winnipeg is investigating the accident and more information will follow. UPDATE The a/c was lining up on a field to complete a spray run and the pilot noticed the a/c was descending in spite of control input. He decreased the rate of turn to stop the descent, however, the a/c continued to go down. The pilot attempted to land in an opening in some bush straight ahead and as the a/c struck the bush, the right wing tore off and the tail crumpled as the a/c hit the ground. The a/c's weight was less than gross and fuel was about half tanks. There had been some drizzle earlier in the day and there was high humidity in the area at the time of the accident. The pilot was not able to release the load of pellets prior to the accident.