Accident at Wathacheewan Lake, MB (Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition)


1999-04-16: C-FRYX, a Cessna 180 with a pilot and three passengers, was on a VFR flight from St. Theresa Point (YST) southbound to an undisclosed destination, and upon landing on a frozen lake about 70 miles south of YST, the a/c sustained a broken ski. The pilot was able to contact the crews of a couple of overflying a/c who forwarded the information to Winnipeg FSS that a ski on C-FRYX had broken through the ice. There were no injuries to the occupants and the extent of damage to the a/c is not yet known. A commercial helicopter operator has dispatched a helicopter to the site to pick up the occupants. TSB has been informed and more details may be available. OPI - System Safety UPDATE TSB reported that the a/c arrived at Wathacheewan Lake from St. Theresa Point to pick up three hunters. The frozen lake surface was snow-covered from a recent snow shower. After landing, the pilot inspected the ice in the area where he parked and where he intended to take off, and assessed the ice condition as good. As the pilot taxied in a turn toward the intended takeoff path, the left ski encountered a weak spot in the ice and broke through. The left wing tip was bent when the a/c came to rest on the left wing and right ski. The pilot and passengers deplaned without injuries and the pilot contacted overflying a/c to report his situation.


CADORS Number 1999C0273
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1999-04-15 - 13:47
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Manitoba, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Wathacheewan Lake, MB
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [non-powerplant],Aerodrome
Events Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration FRYX | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of CESSNA
Model 180H
Year Built 1965
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make
Engine Model
Gear Type Land & Ski
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Taxi
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Landing gear

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