Accident at Carstairs, AB


1997-10-21: The pilot of C-GIJQ , a Piper Cherokee, was attempting a VFR flight from Olds to Airdrie, a distance of about 35 miles, when he ran into a narrow band of low cloud between Crossfield and Carstairs. Witnesses on the ground saw the a/c going in and out of the cloud base, which was estimated to be from 40 to 60 feet AGL. The pilot had been flying southbound and then made a left turn back to the north. There is a high ridge of ground in that area along with towers and high power lines. After the pilot had turned back to the north, he struck a high power line which has 18 strands and a steel core. The a/c descended in a steep attitude and struck the ground about 125 feet beyond the power line. The pilot received fatal injuries in the accident. TSB investigators have attended the scene and more details will follow.


CADORS Number 1997C0733
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1997-10-17 - 17:30
Day or Night?
Fatalities 1
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Carstairs, AB
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Controlled flight into or toward terrain,Collision with obstacle(s) during take-off or landing whilst airborne.

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner Private
Operator Private
Make  Silhouette image of PIPER
Model PA28 235
Year Built 1964
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Cruise
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 1
Injuries 0
Events Collision with terrain,Wire strike

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