Accident at Natuashish Labrador (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)


2003-09-24: TSB - Update - A03A0108: C-GMHX, a Piper PA31 Navajo was on a sight-seeing flight from Goose Bay to Natuashish. While on approach to runway 12, the pilot was preoccupied with pointing out local landmarks and explaining the function of the PAPI lights to the passengers. The aircraft was inadvertently landed with the gear up. There were no injuries and the aircraft sustained damage to both propellers, the underside of the fuselage, and the trailing edge of the wing flaps.
2003-09-24: Update - Maintenance and Manufacturing - 2003-09-24 - On Tuesday, September 23, 2003, the pilot explained that he had been showing his passengers some sites while he was doing his approach to the runway, he also stated he normally landed from the other end of the runway. Being distracted from his normal landing routine, he said he forgot to select the gear down. Besides damage to the props, the engine nacelles and belly further damage was done when the airport operator was removing the aircraft from the runway. During the time he was giving his statement to the RCMP, the RCMP received a call from the TSB stating the aircraft could be removed from the runway, and this message was passed on to the airport operator. The Aerodrome Operator connected a tow rope to the tie down ring on the tail of the aircraft and pulled, this tore away from the aircraft, he then put a strap around the tail fwd of the horizontal stabilizer and pulled from the rear this caused more damage to the tail and the horizontal stabilizer.
2003-09-23: At approximately 1555Z Halifax FIC received a telephone call from the Airport Operator at Natuashish, Labrador to advise that the aircraft CGMHX a PA31 had executed a hard landing, causing the nose gear to collapse. A Notam was issued advising the runway is closed, as the disabled aircraft is still on the runway. TSB - Case Closed - More to Follow


CADORS Number 2003A0554
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2003-09-20 - 15:55
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, North America, Atlantic Region, Natuashish Labrador
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number 32519
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [non-powerplant],Aerodrome,Abnormal runway contact
Events Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration GMHZ | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of PIPER
Model  Silhouette image of PA31
Year Built 1969
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make  Silhouette image of AVCO LYCOMING
Engine Model TIO-540-A2B
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Landing
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Landing gear - incorrect configuration,Landing gear

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