Incident at HAY RIVER / MERLYN CARTER AIRPORT NT (CYHY)

Summary

2003-07-11: C-GPXY, a Piper PA-32 Lance, had departed Hay River and shortly after, the pilot reported to the CARS operator from 10 miles out that he was experiencing a complete electrical failure and would be returning. The pilot did a fly-by so the operator could advise if the gear appeared down, which it did. The aircraft landed safely at 0308Z without any difficulty. Emergency equipment had been called out. No reported impact on other aircraft. The cause of the failure is not known.
2003-07-23: The aircraft was participating in a Civil Air Search exercise at Buffalo Lake, a short distance from Hay River. The pilot noted he started to lose electrical systems and immediatley extended the landing gear as it is electric/hydraulic. He contacted Hay River CARs station using a hand held VHF that he always carries, a fly by was completed to confirm gear down as all electrical power was gone and no lights were operable to indicate the gear was down and locked. The CARs station contacted ERS and they were on standby. The pilot indicated he did not note the alternator fail light on prior to complete electrical failure, it was a bright evening and he was wearing his sunglasses and concerned with getting the gear down and shedding electrical load. The aircraft landed without incident. Once on the ground the aircraft battery was charged and the aircraft ground run, the alternator fail light was on and maintenance determined the alternator had failed. The alternator has been removed and sent for repair and the aircraft remains out of service until repairs are completed.

Details


CADORS Number 2003C0932
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2003-07-11 - 02:57
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries
Aerodrome ID CYHY
Aerodrome Name HAY RIVER / MERLYN CARTER AIRPORT NT (CYHY)
Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Hay River
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number 30590
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [non-powerplant],Other
Events



Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration GPXY | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Owner 671502 ALBERTA LTD.
Operator Private
Make  Silhouette image of PIPER
PIPER
Model PA32R 300
Year Built 1976
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make  Silhouette image of AVCO LYCOMING
AVCO LYCOMING
Engine Model IO-540-K1G5D
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Climb
Damage No Damage
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Electrical problem,Diversion,Declared emergency/priority

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