Accident at Vicinity of O'Grady Lake, NT (63.20N - 129.10W)


1999-09-21: At 2127Z, Norman Wells FSS received a call from North-Wright Airways that they had heard a MAYDAY call on their HF radios. North-Wright called the RCMP and RCC Trenton. The ELT of C-GVCQ, a PA-18, was reported to have been activated upon impact when the pilot crashed during a landing attempt. A short time later a source at the crash site about 150 miles southwest of Norman Wells called on an HF radio and requested a helicopter. When the people at the site were called back to inquire about medical assistance they advised that there was 1 S.O.B. and he had not survived. RCMP attempted to reach the crash site but deteriorating weather prevented assistance. Another attempt will be made in the morning. TSB has been notified and two investigators are enroute to the scene. OPI - System Safety UPDATE The pilot was delivering supplies to the camp near the Keele River, including groceries (3 - 50 pound bags of potatos) and food for horses. The a/c was observed to fly over the camp and then set up for an approach to a small gravel sand bar on the river. The a/c was equipped with balloon tires. The pilot did a sideslip to the right after passing over a row of trees. The pilot was unable to arrest the descent in the sideslip and impacted terrain about 800 to 1,000 feet short of the landing area. The a/c struck the ground in a right wing low attitude and it appeared that the pilot may have been killed on impact. TSB is currently attempting to assess the centre of gravity and weight and balance for the a/c.


CADORS Number 1999C0790
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1999-09-16 - 21:27
Day or Night?
Fatalities 1
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Vicinity of O'Grady Lake, NT (63.20N - 129.10W)
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TSB Class of Investigation
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Controlled flight into or toward terrain

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration GVCQ | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner 122537 CANADA INC
Operator RAM HEAD OUTFITTERS LTD. (4546) Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of PIPER
Model PA18 150
Year Built 1979
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make LYCOMING
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Landing
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 1
Injuries 0
Events Collision with terrain

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