Incident at GRANDE PRAIRIE AB (CYQU) (Conflict - near collision (VFR or IFR))


1997-08-28: ASB 302, a Cessna 310, was inbound to Grande Prairie from the northeast at 3300 feet ASL, and planned to enter the downwind leg for Runway 29. At the same time, C-GWAW, a Cessna 182 was doing a missed approach on a simulated instrument approach to Runway 07. The pilot of C-GWAW made a climbing left turn as he did his missed approach, and it was reported that as he arrived at 3300 feet ASL, the two a/c came within 100 feet on a head-on course. The pilots saw each other at the last moment and both a/c took evasive action, with both turning to the right. FSS staff had communicated the traffic to the a/c, but the pilots did not see the other a/c until the incident occurred. UPDATE ASB 302 was inbound to Grande Prairie from Donnelly with the pilot and two passengers. When ASB 302 was about two or three miles from the airport, the FSS specialist advised the pilot that there was a C182 doing a simulated instrument approach to Runway 07, a C185 doing a simulated instrument approach to Runway 29, and a Beech 100 taking off on Runway 29. The pilot of ASB 302 could not see the C182 and thought that this a/c would have passed below. He turned his attention to finding the C185 which was using the same runway as he was, and was looking to his left when the front seat passenger pointed out the front of the windshield to the C182 which was directly in front of ASB 302. Both a/c immediately turned right and the separation was estimated to be about 100 feet laterally. The two a/c landed without further incident and the pilots of the a/c discussed the incident with the FSS specialist. It was reported that the pilot of the C182 was practising simulated instrument approaches without a safety pilot/ observer which may have contributed to the incident. Transport Canada System Safety Officers have discussed the incident with both pilots.


CADORS Number 1997C0585
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1997-08-26 - 16:15
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID CYQU
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Grande Prairie, AB
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TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Airprox/TCAS alert/loss of separation/(near) midair collisions
Events Conflict - near collision (VFR or IFR)

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