Accident at 7.9 NM NW GANDER INTL NL (CYQX)/ 485831N 0544530W


2015-05-29: At 1950Z, Gander area control centre (ACC) received a telephone call informing of an accident with a privately registered Piper PA-18S-150. Caller provided that the small float plane had crashed while landing at Joe Batts Pond, NL (485831N 0544530W) , approximately 7.9NM northwest of Gander, NL (CYQX). At 1951Z, Gander ACC contacted local 911 and Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Halifax advising that a small float plane had crashed on landing and that two people were believed to have been on board. At 2005Z, the National Operations Centre (NOC) was informed and subsequently Aviation Operations was advised. Transportation Safety Board (TSB) was informed at 2105Z.
2015-06-03: UPDATE: TSB Report#A15A0027: The privately operated Piper PA-18 was on a VFR flight and was returning to Joe Batts Pond after a local fishing trip with 2 occupants on board. A left crosswind condition was present as the aircraft approached to land towards the south west. A right bank and turn developed at a height of about 20 feet just after power was reduced for landing. Full power and left rudder were applied but the right turn continued. Power was reduced to idle and the aircraft impacted trees northwest of the pond and came to rest inverted. Nearby boaters noticed the accident and worked to facilitate the egress of the aircraft occupants. Both occupants were transported to a local hospital and were released after being treated for minor injuries. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. Joe Batts Pond is located 7 nm west of Gander, where winds were reported as 100° magnetic at 14 knots gusting to 20 knots at about the time of the occurrence.
2015-05-31: UPDATE: JRCC SARSUM Report#(H2015-00431]: (485911N 0544439W - Joe Batts Pond, NL). Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Halifax received notification that a float plane crashed in Joe Batts Pond to the northwest of Gander. Bystanders went out to the site and brought the two occupants to shore where they were transported to hospital via ambulance. R901 arrived on scene and shut of the emergency locator transmitter (ELT).


CADORS Number 2015A0395
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA, Search and Rescue, Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Occurred At 2015-05-16 - 19:50
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 2
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, North America, Atlantic Region, 7.9 NM NW GANDER INTL NL (CYQX)/ 485831N 0544530W
TSB Occurrence Number A15A0027
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number 187074-V1
Reported By NAV CANADA, Search and Rescue, Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Categories Unknown or undetermined,Other

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner Private
Operator Private
Make  Silhouette image of PIPER
Model PA-18S-150
Year Built 1958
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make  Silhouette image of AVCO LYCOMING
Engine Model O-320-A1A
Gear Type Sea
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule VFR
CARS Subpart Recreational Aviation
Phase of Flight Landing
Damage Substantial
Fatalities 0
Injuries 2
Events Collision with terrain,Weather - wind

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