Accident at Springbank, AB


1997-08-11: C-GDHP was inbound to Springbank from Indus with only the pilot on board, and was on a left base for Runway 16. The pilot declared an emergency because of a loss of engine power and made a forced landing in a field about 1 1/4 miles north of the runway threshold. The pilot was not injured but the a/c sustained unspecified damages. The pilot later reported to ATC that he believes that the problem was caused by a vapor lock in the fuel system. Tower staff at Springbank indicate this is the second similar occurrence for this a/c. UPDATE The pilot reported that he believes that the engine lost power because of an incorrect setting of the carburetor. The low jet in the Mikuni carburetor had been last set in the cooler temperature of the spring, which would have resulted in an extremely rich setting in the 34 degree C. heat that was present on the day of the accident. He stated that the carburetor should be re-set 3 times a year to compensate for the changes in climatic conditions.


CADORS Number 1997C0513
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1997-08-04 - 19:05
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Springbank, AB
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [powerplant],Other

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
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Canadian Registration GDHP | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Private
Model S-10 SAKOTA/A
Year Built 1991
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
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Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Approach
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Forced landing,Engine - malfunction

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