2003-04-10: Shortly after takeoff on Runway 31 at Regina, the pilot of C-GDAY, a Bellanca 17, declared an emergency due to what appeared to be an engine fire, followed by engine failure. The pilot attempted a forced landing and the a/c touched down in the airport infield and came to rest in a ditch. The a/c sustained substantial damage to the landing gear, propeller and cowling. The pilot was not injured. Initial indication is that there was a fire inside the cowling and the a/c has been removed to a hangar, where it will be examined by an AMO. TSB has been in touch with the pilot.
2003-04-11: UPDATE TSB reported that the pilot of a Bellanca 17-30A Super Viking aircraft, C-GDAY, had just departed Runway 31 at Regina Airport, when he noticed smoke in the cockpit accompanied by a strong electrical burning odour and a complete loss of engine power. The pilot declared an emergency and turned off the aircraft's master switch to shut off all electrics. The pilot lowered the landing gear manually but was not able to make it back to the runway. The pilot set the aircraft down beside the runway, striking a drainage ditch during the landing roll. The main landing gear collapsed, but the pilot was able to exit the aircraft uninjured. A post-occurrence examination of the aircraft discovered that the exhaust stub on the back of the left muffler assembly had fractured and broken off causing the tail pipe to detach. Hot exhaust gases were directed onto the wiring harness in the engine compartment that contained the engine magneto 'P' leads. The wiring harness burnt and the 'P' leads shorted out effectively shutting off the engine.


CADORS Number 2003C0449
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2003-04-10 - 14:25
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID CYQR
Aerodrome Name REGINA INTL SK (CYQR)
Geographic Location Saskatchewan, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Regina
TSB Occurrence Number A03C0085
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number 28611
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [powerplant],Runway excursion,Other,Fire/smoke (non-impact),Abnormal runway contact

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
Model 17 30A
Year Built 1973
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Model IO-520-K
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Climb
Damage Substantial
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Runway excursion,Forced landing,Engine failure,Propeller/rotor strike,Fire - engine

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