Accident at Shell Lake, NWT


1997-08-11: C-FQXR, a float-equipped C185 belonging to Beau Del Air, was enroute from Whaleman River to the Shell Lake water airport near Inuvik with only the pilot on board. As the pilot was on final for the lake, the engine lost power and the a/c was unable to make it to the water. The a/c landed 300 feet short of the lake on the terrain and came to rest inverted, sustaining substantial damage in the process. The pilot was injured and was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries. The a/c was apparently ferrying a canoe which was strapped to the struts, and this may have reduced the a/c's ability to glide following the power loss. UPDATE The a/c operator reported after the accident that no mechanical discrepancies could be found in the a/c to point to a cause of the power loss. He believes that the problem may have been caused by fuel starvation when he made a steep left bank during the turn to final with low fuel in the tanks.


CADORS Number 1997C0503
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1997-07-30 - 04:30
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 1
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Shell Lake, NWT
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TSB Class of Investigation
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Fuel related,Controlled flight into or toward terrain

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration FQXR | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of CESSNA
Model A185E
Year Built 1971
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make
Engine Model
Gear Type Sea
Private No
Amateur Built No
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CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Approach
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 1
Events Collision with terrain,Fuel management

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