ACCIDENT SYNOPSES


Note: All aviation accidents are investigated by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). Each occurrence is assigned a level, from1 to5, which indicates the depth of investigation. Class5 investigations consist of data collection pertaining to occurrences that do not meet the criteria of classes1 through4, and will be recorded for possible safety analysis, statistical reporting, or archival purposes. The narratives below, which occurred between August1, 2007, and October31, 2007, are all "Class5," and are unlikely to be followed by a TSB Final Report.

  • On August 6, 2007, a Cessna 188B was manoeuvring during an application flight, when the aircraft struck a wire with its vertical fin. The aircraft then crashed into a stand of trees, and sustained substantial damage; there was no post-impact fire. The pilot sustained minor injuries. TSB File A07C0145.
  • On August7, 2007, the pilot of a Hughes 369D helicopter was about to leave a logging site to refuel, when he was requested to pull a small stump down the hill to a safer position. He noted his fuel quantity and believed he had adequate fuel to complete this job. The pilot hooked onto the choker and pulled backwards downhill, with the helicopter facing uphill in a nose-high attitude, but was unable to move the stump. He began to reposition over the load to release the choker when the engine flamed out and the main rotor RPM began to decrease. Due to the steep terrain, the helicopter contacted the ground and rolled over to the left three times. There was no fire, but the helicopter was substantially damaged. TSB File A07P0271.
  • On August18, 2007, a privately-owned Lake LA‑4‑200 was taking off from Lake Rosseau, Ont., when, at approximately 40 mph, the aircraft struck a boat wake, bounced, and struck the water hard in a nosedown attitude. Engine power was reduced as the pilot noted water entering through the hull area. The pilot applied power and was heading to shore in an effort to beach the aircraft, but the water level in the aircraft was increasing rapidly. The pilot shut down the engine and electrical power, and all three occupants exited the aircraft and were picked-up by nearby boaters. The aircraft eventually sank. TSB File A07O0232.
  • On August18, 2007, a Cessna 172 was rented from a flying school, and departed the Pitt Meadows, B.C., airport for Squamish, B.C., a flight of about 50NM through mountainous terrain. The weather at the time of the flight was marginal VFR. Search and rescue (SAR) teams found the accident site in relatively high terrain. There were three survivors, two with serious injuries. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. TSB File A07P0286.
  • On August22, 2007, a Piper Warrior PA‑28‑151 was on final approach to land at Cape Argos, N.S., for a full-stop landing on a privately-owned turf airstrip. The pilot flew the approach at 70kt and full flap for a planned short field landing on Runway32. The main wheels of the aircraft touched down about one foot short of the runway edge, which tore both main gears rearward, then the aircraft slid to a stop on the runway surface. TSB File A07A0093.
  • On August30, 2007, the private pilot of a Cessna 172N was conducting night solo circuits in Medicine Hat, Alta. While touching down for a full-stop landing, a mule deer ran in front of the aircraft. The pilot was able to apply the brakes, but unable to avoid contacting the deer at approximately 45– 50knots indicated airspeed (KIAS). The deer hit the front-left portion of the cowling, causing substantial damage to the engine, firewall, and cowling. The pilot was able to maintain directional control, and kept the aircraft on the runway. TSB File A07W0159.
  • On August31, 2007, during the turbine cooling period after a Bell 206 B3 helicopter landed on a roundwood platform, one of the skids slid off a log while the passengers were unloading their belongings. The back of the helicopter sagged, and the tail rotor touched some dried branches. Since one of the blades was slightly bent, all the dynamic components connected to the tail rotor had to be removed and checked. TSB File A07Q0177.
  • On September3, 2007, a Cessna 140 was taxiing from the Edmonton, Alta., Flying Club ramp to Taxiway Alpha, when the aircraft collided with a tractor attached to a helicopter dolly, which was parked on the access road. The propeller, engine, and cowlings were damaged, but the pilot (sole occupant) was uninjured. TSB File A07W0160.
  • On September12, 2007, a Hughes 369E helicopter was being used to move exploration crews to and from a base camp situated near MacIntyre Lake, Sask. The pilot picked up three passengers for a flight back to the camp. After takeoff from a confined area, the helicopter descended into the trees and rolled onto its left side. The pilot and passengers were not injured. The helicopter was operating near its maximum gross weight. TSB File A07C0173.
  • On September16, 2007, a privately-owned, float-equipped, BushCaddy L-160 touched down on Wolverine Lake, Ont., and immediately a gust of wind lifted the aircraft off the water surface. A second touchdown attempt was also unsuccessful. The aircraft began to veer towards some cottages near the shoreline, and the pilot managed to get the aircraft to fly over the cottages, before the aircraft pitched nose down and struck the ground. Both occupants evacuated the aircraft and received no injuries. TSB File A07O0256.
  • On October2, 2007, the Back Bone Silver125 powered parachute was on takeoff, when the pilot noticed that his aircraft was drifting. He compensated by using the opposite elevator to maintain control of his aircraft, and at the same time, attempted to reposition himself in his harness. While doing this, he accidentally reduced the engine power, and the aircraft stalled at approximately 15ft above ground. The pilot broke his shoulder. TSB File A07Q0196.
  • On October4, 2007, the pilot of a Champion Aeronca7AC tried to start the engine with the propeller because the aircraft is not equipped with a starter. Beforehand, the pilot had put chocks in front of the main wheels. The engine did not start on the first attempts, which led to the need to use the priming pump and readjust the throttle. When the engine started, it was at high power. The main wheels jumped over the chocks and the aircraft turned and struck a parked advanced ultralight. TSB File A07Q0197.
  • On October5, 2007, an EC120B helicopter was in cruising flight when the engine (a Turbomeca Arius2) chip detector light turned on. Since the aircraft was only two minutes away from its destination, the pilot continued the flight. A few seconds later, the low engine oil pressure light turned on, followed by the low main rotor rpm warning horn. The pilot conducted an autorotation toward an old logging road. During the flare, the vertical stabilizer under the enclosed tail rotor broke. The aircraft occupants were not injured. The chip detector had turned on three weeks prior to this incident. TSB File A07Q0198.
  • On October6, 2007, a Bell 204C helicopter was heli-logging when the pilot smelled something burning. The burning smell very quickly became stronger and the helicopter began to rotate. The rotation increased abruptly. The pilot rolled off the throttle and entered an autorotation from about 200ft above ground level (AGL). The rate of descent increased during the approach, and collective had little effect. The helicopter landed hard in the chosen landing area and was substantially damaged. There was no fire. The pilot sustained back injuries, but was released from hospital a day later. Inspection of the helicopter revealed that the tail-rotor drive had disconnected from the main transmission. TSB File A07P0344.
  • On October11, 2007, the pilot of a Cessna U206F was circling Kearns Lake, Ont., to look for a missing boat for an outpost camp. Hunters in the area observed the aircraft circle the lake several times at low altitude. During one tight turn at low altitude and high engine power, the nose of the aircraft dropped and the aircraft struck the lake. The pilot, who was alone in the aircraft, sustained fatal injuries. TSB File A07C0189.
  • On October13, 2007, a Piper J-3 floatplane stalled while circling a moose at 500–600 ft above ground level (AGL). The pilot increased power, but there was insufficient altitude to avoid hitting the trees. The floats hit the trees first, then the aircraft flipped over. The two occupants were not injured. TSB File A07Q0206.
  • On October28, 2007, a Cessna 172L took off VFR from Golden, B.C., for Edmonton City Centre, Alta. The weather was poor with low ceilings and visibility. A severe lee wave significant meteorological information (SIGMET) advisory was in effect. The aircraft was located by a ground search in the Redburn Creek, B.C., area about 10NM north of Golden. The pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The second passenger sustained serious injuries. TSB File A07P0369.
  • On October30, 2007, an Aerospatiale Astar AS350 D helicopter was executing longline geodetic surveying operations with a "bird" (an aerodynamically-shaped pod full of electronic gear and sensors carried on a longline). While manoeuvring to regain sight of the sling load, the longline struck the tail rotor; a loss of control ensued. The aircraft was destroyed when it crash-landed in a swamp. The pilot and passenger were not injured. TSB File A07Q0220.
  • On October31, 2007, a Beech 99 was departing from the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, N.Y., for Hamilton, Ont., on a scheduled cargo flight, with two pilots on board. The flight crew were cleared for an intersection takeoff on Runway31R from Taxiway Echo. On the take-off roll, both pilots heard and felt a single bang, followed shortly after by several more intense noises and bangs. The aircraft was aligned with the runway lights on the right edge of the runway, instead of the runway centerline lights. The crew aborted the takeoff and taxied clear of the runway. Initial inspection revealed damage to the nose landing gear wheel and the propellers. TSB File A07F0186.
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