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.