Accident at Edmonton, AB


1997-11-18: The pilot and passenger of C-GQSX were on approach into Edmonton City Centre Airport (YXD) and advised Tower of a loss of rudder control. The pilot elected to overshoot Runway 30 and Tower staff observed that the entire vertical stabilizer and rudder were missing from the a/c. Tower staff suggested that the pilot divert to Edmonton International Airport (YEG) where there is CFR on the field, however the pilot requested another approach at YXD. After 3 attempts to land at YXD, the pilot decided to divert to YEG where CFR was placed on standby. After attempting one approach at YEG, the pilot was able to land on Runway 20 without further damage to the a/c, or injury to the occupants. It was reported that the pilot and passenger had been on a low-level sightseeing flight and struck a power line which removed the vertical stabilizer and rudder from the tail of the a/c. UPDATE On November 17, 1997, staff from Alberta Power reported that they had found a/c wreckage hanging on two 144,000 volt power lines crossing the North Saskatchewan River valley just north of Hairy Hill.


CADORS Number 1997C0746
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1997-10-21 - 23:00
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Edmonton, AB
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TSB Class of Investigation
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [non-powerplant],Collision with obstacle(s) during take-off or landing whilst airborne.

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration GQSX | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of PIPER
Model PA23 235
Year Built 1964
Engine Type Reciprocating
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Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
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CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Approach
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Flight control systems (ailerons, rudder, rotors, flaps, main, tail),Wire strike

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