Accident at Finlay Airpark NS


2000-02-01: CFRXP PA18 on take off from Finlay Airpark for local flight as pilot began to trim the aircraft at an altitude of approximately 300 feet AGL the engine suddenly stopped. The aircraft crashed in a wooded area and sustained substantial damage. The pilot was not injured. When the pilot reached for the trim selector he unknowingly snagged his jacket on the toggle type magneto switches and they were inadvertently moved to the off position. CFRXP was manufactured in 1959 and many of the PA18 aircraft of that vintage were produced with unguarded magneto switches located in the cockpit on the left sidewall panel below the window. The elevator trim, carburetor and cabin heat selectors are also situated within the same panel. These controls are in close proximity to the magneto switches and each may be manipulated many times over the course of a flight creating a potential hazard. The pilot is submitting a Service Difficulty Report to Transport Canada and is planning to seek guidance to move the Magneto switches to another location in the cockpit. TSB File # A00A0012


CADORS Number 2000A0054
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Occurred At 2000-01-30 - 19:00
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Nova Scotia, Canada, North America, Atlantic Region, Finlay Airpark NS
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TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [powerplant],Controlled flight into or toward terrain

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner Private
Operator Private
Make  Silhouette image of PIPER
Model PA18
Year Built 1959
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 Takeoff
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Engine failure,Collision with terrain

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