Incident at MELVILLE MUNI SK (CJV9) (Aerodrome - visual aids)
2003-02-24: TSB advised that the pilot of a Cessna 172F, FWJP, was on a flight, with one passenger, from Winnipeg to Yorkton. Approximately 15 miles southeast of Yorkton, the pilot experienced deteriorating weather conditions with low ceilings. He elected to turn south to Melville airport, equipped with Type J ARCAL runway lighting. On arrival in the vicinity of Melville, the pilot transmitted on the appropriate frequency to activate the runway lights but they did not illuminate. The pilot continued circling the airport and attempting to turn the runway lights on. He advised that he would conduct a precautionary landing on the highway at Melville. He flew several circuits to assess obstacles and vehicle traffic. When he determined it was safe, the pilot conducted a successful landing on the highway. RCMP met the aircraft and escorted the pilot as he taxied to the airport. There was no damage to the aircraft and no injuries to the pilot or his passenger. It was reported that a fuse designed to proved electrical power to the ARCAL lighting system was found to be out of its electrical connectors and lying in the bottom of the electrical panel.
2003-03-24: UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the airport will be inspected on a weekly basis and part of that inspection will be to confirm that the Arcal lighting system is working and the fuse box is secured under lock and key.
2003-02-26: Aerodrome Safety advised that the fuse was located at the bottom of the fuse box. It was reinstalled and the lights worked as advertised in all sequences. A new padlock has been installed with keys to the Manager and electricians only. The last time the lights were worked was in July and they tested ok at this time. The rotating beacon was not operational as a light was burnt out and a wire was broken and burnt. These items have since been replaced and the beacon is fully operational. The Manager of the Public Works Commission has changed the monitoring process at the airport. A complete check of the aerodrome will be conducted once a week including all lights, runways clear, snow removal, grass conditions and general appearance. A logbook will be maintained describing any work that is done at the aerodrome. This includes power outages or light replacements.
2003-02-20: At 02:36Z, pilot called Edmonton FIC on his cell phone reporting he was over Melville Muni Airport and unable to activate the runway lights (ARCAL). The pilot advised he was low on fuel and could not make it to Yorkton, SK which was the closest aerodrome. The pilot then advised he was making an emergency landing on the road. Local Melville RCMP notified along with fire services. The aircraft landed safely at 03:05Z (approx) as advised by the Melville emergency dispatch operator on Highway 15 just East of the city limits. The pilot confirmed that there were no injuries or damage to the aircraft.
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