Accident at Sandy Bay, SK (Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition)


1999-04-16: C-GZYJ, a Cessna 310 with a pilot and one passenger, landed on Runway 23 at Sandy Bay on a VFR flight from Melfort and Nipawin and after a landing roll of about 500 feet, the crusty, 8 inch snow cover caused the a/c to veer off the runway. The gear collapsed and the a/c came to rest in the snow about 45 feet off the runway surface. The occupants were not injured, but the a/c is reported to be substantially damaged. Prior to the flight, the pilot had checked for NOTAMS and runway condition at Sandy Bay, but there were no NOTAMS issued and a current runway condition report was not available through Prince Albert FSS, where the pilot received his briefing. Upon arrival over Sandy Bay, the pilot overflew the runway to visually check the condition and it appeared to him that the snow cover might be a couple of inches of powder and that it was safe to use the runway. The runway had not been cleared recently because it was reported that the grader was unserviceable. OPI - Aerodrome Safety UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the Sandy Bay airport is a registered aerodrome, not a certified aerodrome, and therefore is not subject to an ongoing inspection program. The Canada Flight Supplement (CFS) states that pilots intending to use these aerodromes should obtain current runway condition information from the owner/operator. Sandy Bay airport is listed in the CFS as having "limited winter maintenance". TSB reported that the damage to the a/c is substantial and includes the right wing, right propeller and landing gear. The runway had three inches of fresh snow on top of a layer of three inches of semi-frozen slush, with more slush in the area where the a/c's left wheel touched down. The airport foreman reported that the airport grader had been unserviceable for several days. Snow had started the evening before the accident, but the foreman was out of town and his assistant was busy trying to fix the grader. Services in the village had been disrupted by a power outage and the village did not issue a NOTAM until about 0920 on the morning of the accident. The NOTAM was sent out by the airport secretary about 0930, after the time that the pilot received his briefing.


CADORS Number 1999C0272
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By Police
Occurred At 1999-04-15 - 16:10
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Saskatchewan, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Sandy Bay, SK
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Reported By Police
Categories Loss of control - ground,Aerodrome
Events Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration GZYJ | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of CESSNA
Model 310R
Year Built 1978
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 Roll Out
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Loss of control - on ground

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