1999-09-02: The pilot of C-GQOD
, a Piper Cherokee, was enroute from Regina (CYQR)
to Calgary (CYYC)
and when the a/c was approximately 40 miles east of CYYC,
he advised ATC that he was low on fuel. ATC provided radar vectors to the closest airfield - Strathmore (CFZ6)
. Pilot reported strip in sight. At approximately 2350Z, the pilot called Edmonton ACC from a cell phone and advised that he had an unexplained fuel loss and did a precautionary landing at CFZ6.
No injuries, however aircraft was damaged. OPI - Enforcement UPDATE TSB reported that the a/c was on an IFR flight plan doing an instrument training flight from St. Andrews to Calgary with a stop in Regina. When the a/c was 30 miles east of YYC, the pilot contacted Calgary Tower to advise that the a/c was following the Trans-Canada Highway and had insufficient fuel to get to destination. The Controller assisted the pilot in locating a farm airstrip and during the forced approach, the a/c sustained damage to the horizontal stabilizer when it contacted some crops as it landed short of the strip. There were no injuries to the two occupants, but the a/c could not be flown out of the strip. The pilot reported that the a/c had been airborne for 5.2 hours on 50 gallons of fuel. He had planned to cancel IFR upon arrival over YYC to avoid having the fuel reserves required for IFR flight to continue to an alternate airport, which in this case was Edmonton.