2005-04-18: The pilot of C-FDBO, a Cessna 172, was conducting a survey flight about 15 NM east of Watson Lake, YT when the aircraft encountered a downdraft. The pilot was flying at 100 to 200 feet AGL and was unable to climb out of it. The aircraft settled into trees, causing damage to both wings, the main landing gear and tail. The pilot, who was wearing a helmet and harness, was not injured and was able to walk from the site. TSB reported that the privately registered Cessna 172K, C-FDBO, was performing low level survey work 15 NM east of Watson Lake, YT. After completing the first survey pass in a valley, the pilot attempted to turn around at about 150 feet AGL for the second pass and encountered downdrafts near the edge of the valley. The pilot attempted to recover by applying full power and turning towards the descending terrain. The aircraft struck several tree tops before coming to rest in a near upright position at the bottom of the valley. The pilot, who was wearing a shoulder harness and flight helmet, was the lone occupant and received no injuries. The ELT transmitted for 10 minutes prior to the pilot shutting it off and walking out to the nearby road. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.


CADORS Number 2005C0737
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2005-04-18 - 18:30
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID CYQH
Aerodrome Name WATSON LAKE YT (CYQH)
Geographic Location Yukon, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, 15 NM E of Watson Lake
TSB Occurrence Number A05W0064
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number 55146-V1
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Turbulence encounter,Loss of control - inflight,Controlled flight into or toward terrain

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration FDBO | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator SPECIAL PROJECTS INC. (15148) Private
Make  Silhouette image of CESSNA
Model R172K
Year Built 1980
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Model IO-360-KB
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,Weather - clear air turbulence (CAT)/turbulence

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