Accident at HIGH RIVER AB (CEN4)


2003-08-06: The West Central Air PZL-Mielec M18B Dromader agricultural (ag) aircraft, registration C-GGXI, had completed one spray application run to the west and a left turn was initiated, toward a hill, to position the aircraft for an application run to the east. The aircraft encountered a downdraft during the turn, and, despite the application of flap and power, struck the crest of the hill and bounced. The 480 gallon load of insecticide was jettisoned following the initial ground contact, and immediately thereafter the aircraft stalled and impacted the downslope side of the hill. The main landing gear separated at impact and the left wing sustained substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured. The winds were estimated to be five knots from the southeast, the temperature was approximately 14 degrees Celsius and the field altitude was about 3800 feet ASL.


CADORS Number 2003C1091
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Occurred At 2003-07-26 - 15:00
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID CEN4
Aerodrome Name HIGH RIVER AB (CEN4)
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, 15 NM SW of High River
TSB Occurrence Number A03W0157
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Categories Loss of control - inflight,Controlled flight into or toward terrain

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration GGXI | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator WEST CENTRAL AIR LTD. (8012) Commercial
Make PZL
Model M 18B
Year Built 1999
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Model ASZ-62IR-M18
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Cruise
Damage Substantial
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Loss of control - inflight,Collision with terrain

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