Accident at Saulteaux, AB


1999-05-19: C-GUHR, a Cessna 172 with 3 people on board, departed VFR from an airstrip at Saulteaux for City Centre Airport in Edmonton. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot determined that the a/c was unable to sustain flight and made a forced landing. It was reported that the a/c came down among some trees and experienced damage to the gear and propeller. One passenger received minor injuries. The local RCMP attended the site and the occupants were airlifted to Slave Lake by helicopter. TSB has been notified and more information will be available. OPI - System Safety UPDATE TSB reported that the a/c departed from a grass airstrip and the pilot determined that it was not climbing as it should. In order to avoid putting the a/c into trees at the end of the strip, the pilot closed the throttle and attempted to land on the remaining runway. The a/c landed heavily, collapsing the nose gear, damaging the propeller as well as other parts of the nose section. The total damage is substantial. One of the passengers required stitches to his face when he struck the anti-glare shield in the cockpit. The pilot suspects that the a/c encountered a downdraft from the surrounding trees. The airstrip is reported to be firm and well maintained. The pilot had been into this 2,600 foot strip on numerous occasions with this a/c. Field elevation is 2,350 feet and the temperature was reported as +10 degrees C.


CADORS Number 1999C0362
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1999-05-16 - 23:55
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 1
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Saulteaux, AB
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TSB Class of Investigation
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [powerplant],Abnormal runway contact

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration GVHR | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Private
Make  Silhouette image of CESSNA
Model  Silhouette image of 172N
Year Built 1978
Engine Type Reciprocating
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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 1
Events Hard landing,Engine - malfunction

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