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 August 1 and October 31, 2006, are all "Class 5," and are unlikely to be followed by a TSB Final Report.

-On August 5, 2006, a Bell B206-B3 helicopter had landed on a log pad in the muskeg and, after a settling check, the throttle was turned down to idle. After about 30 seconds, the aft fuselage dropped, and the pilot placed the cyclic in the forward position. Mast bumping was felt, and the engine was shut down immediately. The tail rotor did not contact the ground, but there was considerable damage to the dynamic components. There were no injuries. TSB File A06W0136.

-On August 5, 2006, a PA-25-235 Piper Pawnee was spreading chemicals when the aircraft severed an electrical wire. The pilot headed toward the Rougemont, Que., airport, and landed normally. The pilot was not injured. The aircraft's propeller and right wing were damaged. TSB File A06Q0134.

-On August 7, 2006, an amateur-built basic ultralight Hipps J-3 Kitten was manoeuvring in the vicinity of St. Andrews, Man. The pilot had difficulty controlling the pitch attitude, and forced-landed in a field. After touchdown, the aircraft nosed over on its back. The pilot/ owner/builder was not injured. Examination by the pilot after the incident indicated that part of the elevator control mechanism had failed in flight. TSB File A06C0128.

-On August 11, 2006, the pilot of the Grumman AA1 Tiger was ferrying his newly-purchased aircraft to Bellingham, Wash., when he encountered mountain weather, and the aircraft descended rapidly and crashed into trees. The pilot had been flying at about 6 500 ft ASL, was clear of clouds, and was about 1 mi. away from a ridge. He escaped with minor injuries, but the aircraft was destroyed. He broadcast Mayday calls and a search and rescue (SAR) Cormorant helicopter picked him up from the hillside about 3 hr after the crash. He was taken to hospital for evaluation. TSB File A06P0159.

-On August 20, 2006, a Bell 206L-3 helicopter was conducting oil field operations 40 NM northeast of Lac La Biche, Alta. During departure from an oil well site, the engine (Allison 250-C30P) lost power. The pilot entered autorotation, and the helicopter struck the ground at a high rate of descent. The main rotor severed the tail boom at impact and the pilot sustained serious injuries. The wreckage is being recovered to the TSB Pacific Region compound, and the engine will be examined at a local engine overhaul facility. TSB File A06W0143.

-On August 21, 2006, an Aerospatiale AS350 BA helicopter was departing from a drill site with a 60-ft longline, on a local flight. On departure, the longline hook snagged a tree, and then broke free, flew up and fouled the tail rotor and tail boom. The helicopter lost tail rotor authority and rotated several times before the pilot made a forced landing in a wooded area. The pilot suffered minor injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. TSB File A06C0139.

-On August 21, 2006, a rented Champion 7ECA Citabria was taxiing from the ramp to the runway at Steinbach South, Man. Before the aircraft reached the runway, it was observed making a wide turn, and then departing the taxiway and striking a Cessna Ag Truck, which was parked in the grass beside the taxiway. The Citabria sustained substantial damage; the Ag Truck sustained minor damage. TSB File A06C0140.

-On August 23, 2006, a DHC-2 Beaver on floats took off from Lac Louise, Que., for a VFR flight to Labrador City, Nfld. Shortly after takeoff, with crosswinds of approximately 15 kt, the pilot turned to the left. The aircraft ended up with a tail wind, and the rate of climb did not allow it to clear the obstacles. The aircraft struck some trees before crashing. The aircraft did not catch fire, but it did sustain substantial damage. The three occupants on board received minor injuries. TSB File A06Q0147.

-On August 24, 2006, a Cessna 180 on floats collided with the embankment of a privately-owned, man-made water runway during takeoff at the Tofino, B.C., airport. The aircraft was departing westbound (Runway 28) from the 1 400 x 80 ft-wide water runway. The wind was from 210°M at 5 kt. The water rudders were retracted for the take-off run. The pilot lost directional control as the aircraft was getting on the step and collided with the embankment on the left side. There were no injuries. There was substantial damage to the aircraft. TSB File A06P0154.

-On August 26, 2006, a Bell 206B helicopter descended into a tree during a longline operation, while manoeuvring to pick up a load. Both main rotor blades sustained substantial damage and had to be replaced prior to a maintenance ferry flight. There were no injuries. A shorter-than-normal longline was in use, the tree was in the seven o'clock position relative to the pilot, and the pilot had been instructed to move left of his intended position by the ground crew. TSB File A06W0152.

-On August 27, 2006, a float-equipped Cessna 175A crashed approximately 10 NM south of Lac Beauregard, Que. The pilot, alone on board, died. A weak emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal had been heard at approximately 10:32; however, the weather conditions made it impossible to reach the accident site, and the aircraft was found the following day. The information gathered indicates that before departure, the pilot was unable to check the weather, which was forecast to be IFR conditions on his route. However, upon takeoff, despite storms to the west, the conditions on his route to the south were VFR. The angle at which the aircraft entered the forest at the accident site, indicates that at the time of impact, the aircraft was out of control. The evidence supports the hypothesis that the pilot had encountered weather conditions for which he was not prepared. There was no evidence of a mechanical failure. TSB File A06Q0148.

-On August 28, 2006, a Jabiru Calypso 3300 advanced ultralight crashed one hour after takeoff from the Maniwaki, Que., airport. The pilot, alone on board, was conducting a local VFR flight. The aircraft struck and severed the upper wire of a residential hydro line. The aircraft crashed in a corn field approximately 400 ft away. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The aircraft wreckage was transported to the TSB laboratory in Ottawa, Ont., for examination. TSB File A06Q0149.

-On September 2, 2006, a Bell 206L-1 helicopter was picking up a group of kayakers at the confluence of the Tulsequah and Taku rivers, about 60 NM south of Atlin, B.C. A sling load of about 700 lbs of gear on the river bank was attached to the longline before a decision was made to return the passengers to the Tulsequah Chief exploration mine camp before flying their gear out. The helicopter took off with four of the passengers, but crashed into the river when it came to the end of the longline, which had remained attached to the aircraft. Two passengers received minor injuries and the helicopter was destroyed. TSB File A06P0180.

-On September 9, 2006, a Cessna U206G had departed Copper Point, Y.T. (north of Mayo), for a hunting camp. While en route through mountainous terrain, the pilot realized that the aircraft could not outclimb the rising terrain of the canyon floor. As the passage was too narrow to permit a 180° turn, the pilot force-landed into the trees. The pilot suffered minor injuries, the passenger suffered serious injuries, and the aircraft was substantially damaged. A helicopter evacuated the pilot and passenger after the rescue coordination centre (RCC) tracked the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal. TSB File A06W0166.

-On September 12, 2006, a PA28-180 was on the base leg for Runway 06R at St-Hubert, Que., returning from a recreational flight, when the engine (Lycoming O360-3A3) stopped. The aircraft struck some cables and cars before coming to a stop inverted on a street in an industrial neighbourhood. The two occupants, as well as four people on the ground, received minor injuries. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but did not catch fire. The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) went off upon impact. Four cars were also damaged. TSB File A06Q0160.

-On September 12, 2006, a PA-44-180, with an instructor and student on board, was doing circuits at the Cornwall, Ont., regional airport in preparation for a multiengine flight test. While on a touch-and-go, just prior to lift-off, the landing gear handle was mistakenly selected to the up position. The nose gear retracted and both propellers contacted the ground. The aircraft became airborne, completed a circuit, and landed normally with the gear down. Both propellers were damaged beyond repair and the engines were sent for overhaul. TSB File A06O0243.

-On September 19, 2006, a float-equipped Piper PA-18-150 was departing from a private grass strip. The pilot was using a dolly towed behind a pick-up truck to takeoff. At lift-off, a float snagged the dolly. The aircraft veered and crashed in the field at the side of the strip. There were no injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged. TSB File A06C0149.

-On September 29, 2006, an amateur-built Searey amphibian aircraft took off from Victoria International Airport, B.C., for a local flight, which was to include several water landings. The pilot did not retract the landing gear after takeoff. While flying over Saltspring Island, the pilot decided to make a practice water landing on St. Mary Lake. On touch down on the water, the nose dug in and the aircraft flipped over. The pilot was able to egress the aircraft and was picked up by a Beaver aircraft. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The aircraft was substantially damaged. TSB File A06P0202.

-On September 29, 2006, a Bell 206B helicopter was repositioning in front of a temporary hangar in Mayo, Y.T, when the tail rotor struck the structure. The tail rotor blades, tail rotor gearbox and tail rotor drive shaft required replacement. There were no injuries to the pilot or ground personnel. TSB File A06W0178.

-On October 5, 2006, while taxiing for takeoff at Toronto/Buttonville, Ont., a Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee struck a Cessna 150M; both were being operated by solo student pilots. The collision occurred at the intersection of Taxiways Charlie and Alpha. The 150 had been cleared southeastbound on Taxiway Charlie to turn right onto Taxiway Alpha to the holding bay for Runway 03. The Cherokee was southwestbound on Taxiway Alpha and had been held northeast of Runway 33. The Cherokee was cleared to cross Runway 33 on Taxiway Alpha, and follow the 150 southbound on Taxiway Charlie to the holding bay for Runway 03. The Cherokee missed the reference to the 150 in the clearance, and acknowledged without readback. It proceeded across Runway 33 paying attention to an aircraft on the left at the south end of Runway 33. At the intersection of the taxiways, the Cherokee overtook the 150 from approximately the 8 o'clock position while the 150 was in the turn. The propeller of the Cherokee caused substantial damage to the outer portion of the left wing of the 150, and the right wing tip of the Cherokee rode up over the left horizontal stabilizer of the 150, and over the aft fuselage of the 150, just in front of the vertical stabilizer. TSB investigators were deployed the following day to review ATC communications, examine the aircraft, and gather relevant information. TSB File A06O0257.

-On October 9, 2006, an Aerospatiale AS 350B helicopter was landing at a remote, confined and unprepared site. Prior to touchdown, the tail rotor struck a rise of ground near the centre of the site. The helicopter began to rotate around the vertical axis, directional control could not be regained, and the skids and tail boom broke away from the fuselage during the ensuing hard landing. The pilot and one passenger sustained injuries while the second passenger was uninjured. TSB File A06W0186.

-On October 15, 2006, a Lake LA-4-200 aircraft was on a flight from Winnipeg, Man., to St. Andrews, Man., with a planned stop at Selkirk, Man. While landing in glassy-water conditions, the aircraft landed hard and swerved. The aircraft came to rest upright on the surface of the water. The pilot was not injured. The aircraft incurred damage to the left sponson and the wing outboard of the sponson. TSB File A06C0170.

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