Incident at THREE HILLS AB (CEN3)


2003-09-09: The American Champion (Bellanca) 7ECA, registration C-FXRN, was being utilized for recurrency training, with an instructor and a commercial pilot on board. Following several normal circuits at Three Hills, AB airstrip, the aircraft sustained a hard landing and bounced. During the recovery, the aircraft struck the ground hard in a nose low attitude. The flight continued for several more circuits and later, when the aircraft was being moved into the hangar, it was observed that both propeller tips were curled. The engine will undergo a propeller strike inspection before the aircraft is returned to service.
2003-09-22: UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that: 1. Engine was inspected and found serviceable; 2. Propeller sent for repair; 3. Engine mount NDT inspected; 4. Engine mount bolts replaced; 5. Main landing gear legs inspected; 6. Main landing gear inboard mount bolts replaced; 7. Flight training procedures have been changed to land after bouncing the aircraft.


CADORS Number 2003C1289
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Occurred At 2003-09-06 - 00:00
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Aerodrome ID CEN3
Aerodrome Name THREE HILLS AB (CEN3)
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Three Hills
TSB Occurrence Number A03W0189
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Categories Abnormal runway contact

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration FXRN | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator Commercial
Model 7ECA
Year Built 1996
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make  Silhouette image of AVCO LYCOMING
Engine Model O-235-K2C
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Landing
Damage Minor
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Hard landing,Propeller/rotor strike

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