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, which occurred between May 1, 2007, and July 31, 2007, are all "Class 5," and are unlikely to be followed by a TSB Final Report.

- On May 1, 2007, a Cessna 180J was landing at Stanley Mission, Sask., on a flight from Wollaston Lake, Sask. Upon landing at the community ice strip, the ski-equipped aircraft encountered several re-frozen ice ridges left by snowmobile activity the previous day. No injuries were reported, but the aircraft sustained damage in the area of the right main landing gear attachment. TSB File A07C0072.

- On May 2, 2007, a Cessna 120 was on a local flight from a private grass strip on Amherst Island, Ont. Approximately five minutes after takeoff, the engine, a Teledyne Continental C-85-12F, lost power and subsequently stopped. A forced landing was carried out. The airplane landed in rough ground short of the intended field and sustained damage to the landing gear and wing tip. The pilot received minor injuries. Water was found in the fuel tank. TSB File A07O0109.

- On May 4, 2007, a Canadian Ultralight Chinook Plus 2 was on a flight from Wiarton, Ont., to a nearby private strip after refuelling at Wiarton. Shortly after departing Wiarton, the engine, an HKS Japan reciprocating engine, sputtered and stopped. A forced landing was attempted, but the airplane landed short of the intended field and struck a stone fence, resulting in landing gear and lower fuselage damage. The pilot was uninjured; the passenger received minor injury. The aircraft has reportedly had previous fuel system problems. TSB File A07O0112.

- On May 7, 2007, a Bellanca 8KCAB Citabria was landing on Runway 18 at the Owen Sound/Billy Bishop, Ont., airport. During landing, a crosswind gust from the left caused a loss of directional control, resulting in the airplane departing the left side of the runway. The right main gear collapsed; the right wing tip scraped; and there was a prop strike. The pilot was the sole occupant and was uninjured. TSB File A07O0113.

- On May 8, 2007, a DHC-2 Mk. 1 amphibious Beaver was taxiing for takeoff at Crawfish Bay, B.C., for a flight to Fort Langley, B.C., when the front of the floats dug in, and the aircraft flipped over and sank upside down in deep water. The three occupants evacuated the aircraft and swam to shore. They were uninjured. TSB File A07P0136.

- On May 9, 2007, an amphibious Seawind 2000 aircraft was conducting touch-and-goes on Lac des Deux Montagnes, Que. During the take-off run, the aircraft started porpoising, before flipping over. The pilot evacuated the aircraft and sustained minor injuries. The aircraft sustained major damage. TSB File A07Q0076.

- On May 13, 2007, an Aeronca 11CC took off from Montréal/Aéroparc Île Perrot, Que., bound for Montréal/Les Cèdres, Que., with a student-pilot and instructor on board. The student-pilot was at the controls during landing on Runway 07. The aircraft made a hard landing and bounced. During the landing run, the aircraft turned off to the right, despite use of the rudder pedal to correct the course. The instructor, seated on the right, decided to go around and return to land on Runway 25. During the landing, the aircraft turned off to the right again. The instructor could not control the aircraft’s looping. (The right-hand seat does not have a brake.) The tail ran into a ditch that runs along the south side of the runway. The tail structure sustained major damage. Examination of the aircraft revealed that the steering arm that transmits direction to the tail wheel was cracked. Part of it was found at the location where the first landing occurred. It was sent to the TSB laboratory for examination. TSB File A07Q0078.

- On May 15, 2007, a Six-Chuter powered parachute was manoeuvring at 100 ft to 150 ft above ground level (AGL) near Goodsoil, Sask., in preparation for landing, when the parachute canopy twisted and partially collapsed. The pilot was unable to reinflate the canopy and a loss of control occurred, followed by a collision with terrain. The pilot was fatally injured and the aircraft sustained substantial damage. The canopy was an Air Extreme PW-500. The aircraft engine type was Rotax 503 series, two-stroke. TSB File A07C0081.

- On May 24, 2007, a Cessna 152 was taxiing to the holding area of Runway 29 at the Mascouche, Que., airport. The pilot did not notice the parked fuel truck and hit it with the left wing. The two occupants of the aircraft were not injured. The aircraft sustained major damage to the left wing. TSB File A07Q0082.

- On May 29, 2007, a de Havilland DHC-6-100 had departed Yellowknife, N.W.T., for the Lac de Gras road camp, located approximately 12 NM southeast of Diavik, N.W.T. The aircraft landed on an esker at what the flight crew thought was the camp. They were informed that the intended camp was on the other side of the lake. The flight crew shortened the takeoff, as there was a snowbank at the left end of the proposed take-off area. During the take-off roll the aircraft became airborne prematurely and used up more distance than anticipated in order to accelerate out of ground effect. This put the aircraft in a position where the flight crew needed to manoeuvre to the right to avoid the snowbank, and in doing so, the right wing tip struck a gravel embankment. An abnormal amount of left aileron was required for level flight, and the flight crew decided to divert to Diavik. After landing, the flight crew observed buckling and wrinkling damage to the right outboard hanger and aileron. TSB File A07W0096.

- On June 3, 2007, a Bell 206B helicopter departed Baker Lake, Nun., for a mining camp situated 43 mi. to the north. Prior to departure, the pilot checked the weather conditions at Baker Lake, which were reported as VFR. Approximately 5 km from the camp, the pilot encountered deteriorating weather conditions with reduced visibility. The helicopter was approximately 2 km away from a survival camp, and while manoeuvring towards the camp, the pilot entered an area of whiteout and lost visual reference with the ground. The helicopter struck a snow-covered frozen lake surface at very low airspeed (less than 20 kt) and rolled over onto its left side. The main rotor head separated from the helicopter. The pilot was uninjured; however, the helicopter was severely damaged. TSB File A07C0094.

- On June 16, 2007, a Piper PA11‑SX floatplane was being taxied, reportedly without any intention for flight. During one run down the lake, the airplane was apparently caught by a gust of wind, resulting in unintended flight. The nose came up and the airplane dropped a wing, struck the water in a nose-low attitude, and came to rest inverted in shallow water. Both occupants were wearing seatbelts. The operator in the front seat, who was not a licensed pilot, was unhurt. The passenger in the rear seat received minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. TSB File A07O0152.

- On June 16, 2007, a Bell 206B helicopter was being used for water bucket operations on a fire near a railroad track. While hovering over the water, 20 ft from shore, visual references were lost and the helicopter moved too far forward in reference to the submerged water bucket. The aft corrective action resulted in the tail rotor hitting the surface of the water, breaking the tail rotor shaft. Tail rotor control was lost and the aircraft did a 360° turn, at which time the pilot shut off the fuel valve. The aircraft descended upright and ditched right upon contacting the water. The main rotor blades hit the roof of the aircraft, which injured the pilot, who was not wearing a helmet. The pilot exited the aircraft and held on to the tail boom before swimming to shore. The aircraft sank inverted in shallow water. TSB File A07Q0108.

- On June 24, 2007, a Cessna 207 was landing at a mining strip at Scroggie Creek, Y.T., at the end of a fuel hauling flight. During the final approach, the loaded 150 gal. aluminium tank, which was strapped down in the rear of the aircraft, slid forward, pinning the pilot against the control column. The pilot did not have sufficient range of travel of the column to accomplish a complete flare on landing, and the aircraft landed hard while drifting sideways. The aircraft departed the left side of the runway where it struck a loader tire. TSB File A07W0117.

- On July 4, 2007, a Grumman-Schweizer G-164A Ag-Cat was conducting aerial agricultural spray operations approximately 7 NM southeast of Lloydminster, Alta. During a reversal manoeuvre to line up for the next pass, the aircraft struck the field. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged. TSB File A07W0126.

- On July 12, 2007, a Piper PA28 took off from the Saint-Hubert, Que., airport for a local visual flight rules (VFR) flight, with only the pilot on board. During a touch-and-go at the Sorel, Que., airport, the aircraft landed on its belly and sustained significant damage; the landing gear had not extended. The pilot was not injured. TSB File A07Q0126.

- On July22, 2007, the pilot of an R44 helicopter had landed at a private residence in St-Anicet, Que., to pick up a passenger. On takeoff, at approximately 10 ft above ground level (AGL), the main rotor struck an overhanging tree branch. The front cabin area of the helicopter came to rest on its right side, suspended over the water on a stone wall. The rear portion of the helicopter remained on land. The passenger was unhurt. The pilot was initially unconscious and was assisted out of the helicopter, taken to the hospital by ambulance, and kept overnight for observation. The aircraft was substantially damaged. TSB File A07Q0133.

- On July 24, 2007, a Bell 206-L1 helicopter was operating in the vicinity of Eagle Plains, Y.T. During an attempt to touch down in a swampy area, the right bear paw got hung up, resulting in a dynamic rollover to the right. The pilot and passenger were not injured; however, the helicopter was substantially damaged. TSB File A07W0140.

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