Incident at 40 NM NW of Saskatoon, SK


1999-09-09: C-GQXX, a Piper Navajo, was on an IFR flight from Saskatoon (YXE) to Uranium City and was 40 miles northwest of YXE when the pilot reported that the right engine had failed. He advised that he was diverting to Prince Albert, where the flight landed safely at 1802Z. The nature of the engine problem is not known. OPI - Maintenance and Manufacturing UPDATE TSB reported that the pilot observed the right engine manifold pressure drop, followed by the oil pressure reducing to redline values. A passenger also reported smoke coming from the right engine. After securing the engine, the pilot diverted to Prince Albert. Maintenance discovered damage to the bearings of the engine turbocharger. UPDATE M. & M. reported that they contacted the Contract AMO (Elite Aero) regarding the subject CADOR. The DOM stated that the turbocharged shaft failed between the turbine and compressure support bearings. The engine was sent to Aero Recip (engine O/H facility) for internal inspection. Aero recip speculated that Foreign Object Damage (FOD) had been ingested, jamming the compressor and causing the shaft to fail. No FOD could be found to support this conclusion. Inspection of the engine revealed that no internal damage occurred due to the compressor failure. The engine and turbocharger had a total time of 515.1 hours since O/H.


CADORS Number 1999C0417
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1999-06-01 - 17:40
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Saskatchewan, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, 40 NM NW of Saskatoon, SK
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TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [powerplant]

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration GQXX | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of PIPER
Model  Silhouette image of PA31 350
PA31 350
Year Built 1977
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,Engine shut down

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