Accident at West of Nordegg, AB


1997-09-16: The a/c departed from Edmonton International airport for Springbank. There were 3 passengers with the pilot on board. While enroute, the pilot decided to do some sight-seeing in the vicinity of the Abram Lake area. The pilot reported that he had inadvertently turned up the wrong valley and began to encounter rising terrain and lowering ceilings. He reported ceilings varying from 1200 to 1500 AGL with fog patches to the south. Once the a/c encountered rising terrain, the pilot attempted to reverse course and while in the turn, the a/c stalled. The pilot was able to recover from the stall, however the a/c struck trees while this maneuver was being accomplished. The a/c came to rest at the 7800 foot level, 10 miles west of Nordegg and 4 miles north of Highway 11. The pilot received minor facial bruising, and the passenger in the right front seat has a broken rib and perhaps some internal injuries. The two passengers in the back were uninjured. The pilot and passengers were able to walk to Highway 11 where a phone call was made to alert authorities to the occurrence. A passing motorist transported all four people to the hospital at Rocky Mountain House. The pilot further reported that the weather settled in, with fog and rain associated shortly after the accident. UPDATE The a/c departed from Springbank (not Edmonton as previously reported), at 1230Z and stopped at Rocky Mountain House to wait for daylight. The a/c then took off on the sightseeing flight over the eastern edge of the mountains and the passengers were looking at possible sites for a hunting camp. The accident site is in the First Range, north of Highway 11 and Abraham Lake. The a/c was destroyed in the accident.


CADORS Number 1997C0636
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1997-09-15 - 15:30
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 2
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Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, West of Nordegg, AB
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Collision with obstacle(s) during take-off or landing whilst airborne.

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
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Canadian Registration
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner Private
Operator Private
Model 112
Year Built 1976
Engine Type Reciprocating
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Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
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Phase of Flight Cruise
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 2
Events Collision with object

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