1999-02-01: The pilot of C-GPAT
, a Cessna 421, was transporting 4 passengers to a private gravel airstrip at Bistcho Lake and was unable to control the a/c after landing on the snow-covered strip. On touchdown, the a/c veered left and struck a 3 foot windrow adjacent to the runway, and all three landing gear were sheared off. There were no injuries among the 5 people on board, but the a/c is described as being substantially damaged. OPI - System Safety UPDATE TSB reported that the pilot landed north of, and parallel to the snow-covered runway in flat light conditions and light snow. It was reported that when the airstrip was built and the land cleared, the strip was not built in the centre of the clearing. The pilot was attempting to use the centre of the clearing to land as a reference because of the light and snow conditions.