Incident at Yellowknife, NT


1997-10-31: The pilot of C-GEKL, a Cessna 172 from the flight school, was on a local VFR training flight when he reported to ATC that he had inadvertently found himself on top of a cloud layer and needed assistance. ATC informed the pilot of VFR conditions to the northwest of the airport, and the pilot subsequently reported clear of the clouds and returned to land without further incident. UPDATE The Commercially-licenced, VFR-rated pilot of C-GEKL was not on a local training flight, rather he had rented the a/c from Air Tindi for a 2 day cross country to Fort Resolution and back with some friends. The a/c departed from Yellowknife on Monday, October 27 and was to return the following day. It was reported that the weather on Tuesday, October 28 in the Great Slave Lake area was IFR or marginal VFR, but the pilot elected to fly back to Yellowknife anyway. The pilot reported to Yellowknife ATC on the 130 degree radial at 30 DME on top of cloud at 4000 feet, asking for help. ATC were able to assist the pilot by instructing him to fly to the VOR, then out on the 320 degree radial to a small break in cloud, where the pilot was able to descend. There were other inbound IFR a/c in the area at the time, all of whom were requested to remain above 5000 feet while ATC assisted C-GEKL.


CADORS Number 1997C0761
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1997-10-28 - 19:25
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
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Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Yellowknife, NT
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories ATM/CNS

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
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Canadian Registration GEKL | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of CESSNA
Model  Silhouette image of 172M
Year Built 1975
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 0
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