Incident at 80 NM E of Calgary, AB


1999-09-20: Approximately 80 miles east of Calgary on an IFR flight to Saskatoon at 9,000 feet ASL, the pilot of C-FCAR, a Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain reported an engine failure and requested clearance back to Calgary. Unable to maintain altitude, the pilot requested successively lower altitudes until the controller could no longer provide lower due to the MOCA (5,000 feet). The pilot eventually descended to 4,000 feet, canceled IFR and stated his intention to proceed to Calgary VFR. Communication and the radar target were lost soon thereafter. At 1641Z, the pilot phoned Edmonton ACC to indicate that the aircraft had landed on a private strip about 10 miles south of Drumheller. The aircraft was damaged but both occupants were uninjured. TSB has been advised and more information will be available. OPI - System Safety UPDATE Further information suggests that the left engine threw a connecting rod, precipitating the engine failure. The pilot was able to feather the engine, but was unable to maintain altitude, partly because of IMC conditions that created some ice accumulation on the airframe. The pilot had originally intended to return to Calgary, but reportedly learned that weather conditions there were also IMC and elected to make a precautionary landing in a field near Drumheller. There was no declaration of an emergency by the pilot. UPDATE TSB reported that THE CREW OF THE PIPER NAVAJO, C-FCAR WAS EN ROUTE FROM CALGARY TO SASKATOON AT 9,000 FEET, IN INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS WHEN THE LEFT ENGINE SUSTAINED AN INTERNAL BREAK-UP. THE CREW REQUESTED A CLEARANCE BACK TO CALGARY, BUT WERE UNABLE TO MAINTAIN THEIR ALTITUDE. AT 4,000 FEET ASL THEY DROPPED OFF CALGARY RADAR. CALGARY AIRPORT IS 3,557 ASL. THEY THEN ENTERED VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS AND DIVERTED TO A PRIVATE STRIP SIX NM SOUTH OF DRUMHELLER, AB AND CARRIED OUT AN UNEVENTFUL SINGLE ENGINE LANDING. A PRELIMINARY INSPECTION REVEALED THAT THERE WAS A HOLE IN THE CRANKCASE. DETAILS TO FOLLOW WHEN AVAILABLE. THE ENGINE WILL BE REPLACED AND THE AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO SERVICE.


CADORS Number 1999C0741
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1999-08-31 - Unknown time
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, 80 NM E of Calgary, AB
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [powerplant],Other

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration FCAR | 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 1984
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make LYCOMING
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 Forced landing,Engine failure

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