Accident at 53.35N 058.38W


2014-09-10: Update According to the TSB Final Report A10Q0213 authorized for release on 09 June 2010. On 26 May 2010, at 0835, Atlantic Daylight Time, the North Wind Aviation Ltd. Piper Navajo PA31-350 (registration C-FZSD, serial number 31-7405233) departed on a round trip flight from Goose Bay to Cartwright and Black Tickle before returning to Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. The pilot was to deliver freight to Cartwright as well as a passenger and some freight to Black Tickle. At approximately 0905, the pilot made a radio broadcast advising that the aircraft was 60 nautical miles west of Cartwright. No further radio broadcasts were received. The aircraft did not arrive at destination and, at 1010, was reported as missing. The search for the aircraft was hampered by poor weather. On 28 May 2010, at about 2200, the aircraft wreckage was located on a plateau in the Mealy Mountains. Both occupants of the aircraft were fatally injured. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post-crash fire. There was no emergency locator transmitter on board and, as such, no signal was received.
2010-05-28: UPDATE TSB: A10A0056: The North Wind Aviation Piper PA-31, registration C-FZSD, departed Goose Bay Airport at approximately 0838 ADT on a VFR flight to Cartwright Airport with the pilot and one passenger on board. At approximately 0935 ADT, the pilot of C-FZSD made a broadcast over radio frequency that included distance from Cartwright (60NM East) and altitude (3500 ASL) along with the ETA to the airstrip (15 minutes). The aircraft failed to arrive at destination. A search of airports in the vicinity revealed the aircraft had not landed else ware. A radio communication search was unsuccessful in making contact with the aircraft. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Halifax has begun airborne search operations with fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Initial search operations have been hampered by poor weather conditions in the search area(s).
2010-05-31: UPDATE CACO: The Joint Rescue and Coordination Centre (JRCC) Halifax located the crash site at 20:42 ADT on Friday May 28, 2010, and confirmed that the two persons on board were deceased. The aircraft was located at 53.35N 058.38W, 1.2 nautical miles from their last known position.
2010-05-31: UPDATE NAV CANADA AOR 119470-V1:Report received from RCC Halifax that C-FZSD a PA31 VFR missing aircraft in the area of Labrador had been located. The aircraft was located at 23:30Z May 28 at position 5334.65 North 5838.2 West. Aircraft severely damaged, No survivors.
2010-05-27: C-FZSD, Piper PA31 350, was enroute from Goose Bay (CYYR) to Cartwright (CYCA). The Halifax Flight Information Centre (FIC) was advised by a number of other pilots that the aircraft had not arrived in Cartwright. A Communications Search was initiated on this information. The Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) was advised of a possible missing aircraft.
2010-05-27: UPDATE TSB/CACO: The aircraft departed from Goose Bay at 11:38Z. At approximately 12:35Z, the pilot of C-FZSD issued a broadcast on the radio frequency that the aircraft was 60 nautical miles from Cartwright at 3,500 ft. ASL and estimated arrival in Cartwright in 15 minutes. The aircraft was VFR only. The ELT had been removed from the aircraft for service. The most recent Communications Search of airports in the vicinity have not located the aircraft nor has anyone heard from the pilot. The RCC had two C130 Hercules aircraft in the area and they have been recalled to base because of poor weather in the vicinity. A military Cormorant Helicopter has been dispatched to the area.


CADORS Number 2010A0453
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA, Search and Rescue, Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Occurred At 2010-05-26 - 13:18
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 2
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, North America, Atlantic Region, 53.35N 058.38W
TSB Occurrence Number A10A0056
TSB Class of Investigation Class 3
AOR Number 119356-V1
Reported By NAV CANADA, Search and Rescue, Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Categories Fire/smoke (post-impact),Controlled flight into or toward terrain

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration FZSD | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner North Wind Aviation (2001) Ltd
Operator NORTH WIND AVIATION(2001) LTD. (12482) Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of PIPER
Model  Silhouette image of PA31 350
PA31 350
Year Built 1974
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make  Silhouette image of AVCO LYCOMING
Engine Model  Silhouette image of TIO-540-J2BD
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Cruise
Damage Destroyed
Fatalities 2
Injuries 0
Events Collision with terrain,Fire - aircraft (cockpit, cargo or passenger area)

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