Accident Synopses

Accident Synopses

Note: All aviation accidents are investigated by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). Each occurrence is assigned a level, from 1 to 5, which indicates the depth of investigation. Class 5 investigations consist of data collection pertaining to occurrences that do not meet the criteria of classes 1 through 4, and will be recorded for possible safety analysis, statistical reporting, or archival purposes. The narratives below are all "Class 5," and are unlikely to be followed by a TSB Final Report.

- On April 25, 2005, a basic ultralight powered parachute was being manoeuvred at low altitude to inspect a field for future use as a landing site. The canopy caught a tree and the cart section of the aircraft fell to the ground critically injuring the pilot (sole occupant) who later died in hospital. The aircraft was a two seat side-by-side model equipped with two lap belts but no shoulder harness. The pilot was in the right-hand seat and was wearing the seat belt and a helmet. There was no post-impact fire. TSB file A05P0083.

- On May 5, 2005, a Chinook Plus 2 ultralight aircraft was in cruise flight when the top hinge of the rear door failed. The door opened into the airstream, which caused the bottom hinge to fail. The door separated and went through the wooden propeller. All three blades of the propeller failed, which necessitated a forced landing on Highway 503. During the landing roll, the right main wheel struck a highway approach and was torn off. The pilot was not injured. TSB file A05O0092.

- On May 27, 2005, the pilot of a Cessna 185 was going to pickup some fishermen on a lake situated approximately 20 NM east of St-Donat, Que. The weather conditions were marginal and glassy water conditions prevailed. The pilot misjudged the flare over the water and the aircraft flipped on touchdown. The floats were torn off on impact and the aircraft sank. The pilot exited the aircraft without difficulty and was rescued by nearby cottagers. The aircraft was substantially damaged. TSB file A05Q0086.

- On May 29, 2005, the pilot of a Piper PA-28-140 was conducting touch-and-goes at his grass-surface airstrip at Crooked Lake, B.C., about 6 mi. southeast of Bridge Lake, B.C. The pilot was the sole occupant, but the aircraft had full fuel tanks, as well as two 25-kg sacks of grass seed on board to simulate the weight of passengers. Although initially the touch-and-goes were conducted with the takeoffs into the wind and the following climb out was unobstructed over the lake, the pilot later attempted a touch-and-go in the opposite direction. The aircraft crashed immediately after turning to avoid trees at the end of the runway, fatally injuring the pilot. The temperature at the time of the accident was 32°C. The airstrip elevation is approximately 3 800 ft ASL. TSB file A05P0115.

- On June 12, 2005, a Bellanca 7GCBC aircraft was on climb out with a glider in tow. At approximately 200 ft AGL, the glider pulled along side the tow aircraft and was slowly overtaking it. The tow aircraft was then observed to bank sharply to the right, pitch nose down, and descend until it struck trees in a field. When the tow aircraft pitched nose down, the glider pilot released the tow rope and turned towards the airport, where he carried out a safe landing. Witnesses on the ground rushed to the scene where they found the tow aircraft pilot seriously injured and the aircraft substantially damaged. The aircraft had taken off from Runway 10 and the wind was reported to be fluctuating between 170° to 180° at approximately 10–15 kt. The atmospheric conditions were described as extremely warm and humid. TSB file A05O0118.

- On June 13, 2005, a Cessna A188B Ag Truck was engaged in a low-level canola seeding operation near Altona, Man. While the pilot was aligning the aircraft for the next pass, the aircraft's right wing contacted the soft earth and the aircraft yawed violently to the right and struck the ground. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the aircraft was destroyed. TSB file A05C0108.

- On June 21, 2005, an Astar AS350BA helicopter was slinging a wooden log cabin frame on a longline. The load hit trees on initial lift off out of the restricted area and swung to hit a parked helicopter on the ground, also an AS350BA. The tail section of the parked helicopter was struck by the load, causing it to pivot 10°. The vertical fin, lateral fin, tail rotor gearbox, and tail rotor of the parked Astar were substantially damaged. The slinging Astar was not damaged. TSB file A05Q0101.

- On June 24, 2005, an amateur-built RV-9A aircraft took off from Runway 14 at the Salmon Arm, B.C., airport for a local test flight. Once airborne, the pilot heard a loud wind noise and realised the canopy was not latched shut. He tried to engage the latch but was unable to because of the air loads acting on it. He returned to land on Runway 14, holding the latch with one hand, as he was uncertain of the aircraft's behaviour with the canopy open. He touched down faster than normal and bounced. Because he was holding the canopy latch with his left hand he was unable to apply power easily to cushion the bounce. On the second touch down, the nose wheel collapsed, the aircraft veered to the right, and turned over on its back. The aircraft was substantially damaged. The pilot was uninjured. TSB file A05P0152.

- On June 29, 2005, an amphibious Cessna 208 aircraft flew a short flight (approximately 15 NM) from the Parry Sound, Ont., airport to Lake Joseph, Ont., to pick up passengers. The aircraft touched down with the amphibious wheels extended, and the aircraft overturned on landing. The pilot, the sole person on board, was not injured. The aircraft sustained substantial damage and was towed to a marina for recovery. TSB file A05O0131.

- On June 30, 2005, a Hughes 369D helicopter was performing a training flight, including autorotations, in the Bonnyville, Alta., area. During the flare of a power-on recovery autorotation, the tail rotor struck the ground, resulting in substantial damage to the tail rotor blades. There were no injuries to the two pilots on board. TSB file A05W0131.

- On July 3, 2005, a de Havilland DHC8 was holding on Taxiway Lima 4 at the Vancouver, B.C., international airport, behind a Boeing 737. An Airbus A330 was taxiing past Taxiway L4 to the threshold of Runway 08R via Taxiway Lima. As the A330 passed behind the DHC8, a wingtip struck the tail of the DHC8. Both aircraft were damaged and returned to the apron. TSB file A05P0163.

- On July 3, 2005, a Bell 206L-3 helicopter was departing from its company base to reposition to the fire base at Manning, Alta., to commence fire suppression activity. During the lift off, the right skid of the helicopter contacted some full fuel drums next to the helipad, resulting in a dynamic rollover to the right. The pilot was uninjured; however, the helicopter sustained substantial damage. TSB file A05W0133.

- On July 8, 2005, a Cessna 206 took off from the company float plane base on the St-Maurice River, near Latuque, Que., with two passengers on board. Fog was present in most low-lying areas that morning, but the sky could be seen through it. Immediately after takeoff, the pilot lost reference to the ground, but thought that he would break through the fog layer quickly. Although he attempted to follow his directional gyroscope (DG) to maintain heading, the aircraft banked slowly left and struck trees. The aircraft came to rest nose down in the trees on the side of a hill, 3 NM from the take-off area. Occupants of a nearby boat on the river heard the crash and called 9-1-1. The pilot walked to the riverbank to hail down the boat and get help. Police, ambulance and firefighters were on the scene quickly and the occupants were brought to hospital. The aircraft was substantially damaged. TSB file A05Q0116.

- On July 9, 2005, shortly after takeoff, the engine on the Starduster aircraft started to run rough, and eventually stopped. A forced landing attempt was made on a small dirt road approximately 10 km west of the airport. The aircraft landed on the road, but a wingtip caught on vegetation and the aircraft was forced off the road. The aircraft nosed over and went end-over-end, breaking the fuselage behind the cockpit. The pilot, who was using a five-point harness, was not injured. He was also protected by the strength of the overhead wing structure. TSB file A05A0081.

- On July 9, 2005, the pilot of a Piper PA18-150 was conducting a landing on Lake Okanagan near Kelowna, B.C. During the step taxi, the aircraft hit a boat wake and flipped over. The pilot was able to evacuate the aircraft unassisted and was rescued by a passing boater. The pilot suffered minor injuries. TSB file A05P0169.

- On July 25, 2005, an amateur-built Rotorway Jetexec (turbine upgrade) helicopter departed Ootsa Lake, B.C., for a short 20 NM flight to Francois Lake, B.C. It was reported missing when it failed to arrive at destination. The helicopter was not equipped with an emergency locator transmitter (ELT). The helicopter was found on the shoreline of Ootsa Lake on July 26 at about 16:45 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). The pilot was fatally injured. TSB file A05W0156.

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