Incident at Grande Prairie, AB (Other operational incident)


1999-04-22: GOA 85, a Beech King Air, was inbound IFR to Grande Prairie (YQU) from Edmonton and about the same time, the pilot of C-FSEP, a Piper Seneca IFR to Calgary, was issued a clearance to depart from Runway 29 at YQU, turn left, climb on a heading of 160 degrees for 10 minutes. There was also a VFR a/c, a Cessna 310 on final for Runway 29 and the crew of GOA 85 was passed the VFR traffic. The pilot of C-FSEP departed at 1422Z and contacted ACC. The crew of GOA 85 was given clearance for a visual approach to Runway 29, advised that radar service was terminated and instructed to contact FSS. The crew of GOA 85 contacted FSS then saw the Cessna 310 and maneuvered to the left to sequence themselves behind the other a/c and flew through the approach path as they carried out an "S" turn for spacing behind the VFR a/c. In discussion with System Safety, ATC advised that it was still providing "procedural" separation between the two IFR a/c and this was not assured, although a review of the radar tapes indicated that actual separation was 5-6 miles horizontal and not less than 1,000 feet vertical. System Safety also discussed the occurrence with the crew, who reported that they were aware of the location of the two other a/c and maneuvered their a/c a safe distance behind the VFR a/c on final approach. OPI - System Safety


CADORS Number 1999C0291
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1999-04-20 - 14:30
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Fatalities 0
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Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Grande Prairie, AB
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Other
Events Other operational incident

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