Incident at 40 NM SW of Grande Cache, AB


1999-02-02: The pilot of C-GUKA, a Piper Aztec, was enroute VFR from Springhouse Airpark in BC to Fort McMurray when he reported an engine failure 40 miles south of Grande Cache. The pilot declared an emergency and with the assistance of Edmonton Centre and several other overflying a/c, he made his way to Grande Cache airport. In a subsequent phone conversation with ATC, the pilot advised that the problem appeared to be caused by water contamination of the fuel. OPI - Maintenance and Manufacturing UPDATE M. & M. reported that the a/c departed Williams Lake and stopped at Springhouse Airpark to refuel. The inboard fuel tanks were topped up there and the pilot departed for Fort McMurray. The AME at Grande Cache found only a thimble amount of water in the fuel tanks and some water was found in the lower cowling near the air intake. It is suspected that this may have been ice. The owner will advise if any further problems are found. The fuel system was checked for other contaminants but none were found. The engine ran normally once fuel flow was established.


CADORS Number 1999C0036
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1999-01-14 - 01:05
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, 40 NM SW of Grande Cache, AB
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [powerplant],Other

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration GUKA | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator Private
Make  Silhouette image of PIPER
Model PA23 250
Year Built 1968
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
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Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Cruise
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Engine failure,Declared emergency/priority

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