- ISSUE 2/2010
- Copyright and Credits
- Guest Editorial
- Feature: Deadly Omissions
- Flight Operations
- Maintenance and Certification
- Accident Synopses
- Recently Released TSB Reports
- Regulations and You
- Debrief: Stick to the Basics: Stable Approach and Sterile Cockpit
- Take Five: Underwater Egress
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Note: All reported aviation occurrences are assessed by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). Each occurrence is assigned a class, from 1 to 5, which indicates the depth of investigation. A Class 5 consists 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, 2009, and October 31, 2009, are all “Class 5,” and are unlikely to be followed by a TSB Final Report.
— On August 1, 2009, a float-equipped, advanced ultralight Quad City Challenge II was taking off from Lac à la Truite, Que., with the pilot/owner and one passenger on board. During the initial climb, the wind blew the aircraft toward the forest. The aircraft hit the trees and crashed. The aircraft’s two occupants sustained minor injuries. Only the pilot/owner was wearing a seat belt. TSB File A09Q0126.
— On August 2, 2009, an ultralight Aérocruiser was conducting a flight from the St-Coeur-de-Marie marina to Alma, Que. During the initial climb, the wind blew the aircraft back down and the pilot was unable to regain control of the aircraft in time. The aircraft crashed and sank upside down. The pilot was able to egress and sustained minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt and a flotation device. The aircraft was heavily damaged. TSB File A09Q0128.
— On August 2, 2009, a Jodel D11 amateur-built aircraft was en route from Delta Airpark, B.C., to Courtenay Airpark, B.C., when structural failure occurred in the circuit at Courtenay. Portions of the right wing were found 500 m from the crash site. The pilot was fatally injured. There was no fire. TSB File A09P0231.
— On August 3, 2009, a Cessna 185 on Edo 3430 floats had just landed near the centre of the northeast arm of Lake Temagami, Ont. The aircraft had slowed to a slow taxi speed of approximately 10 mph and was headed to the pilot’s dock. As the aircraft was taxiing, a 16-ft boat traveling down the lake with only one person on board collided with the right float. The bow of the boat bounced into the idling propeller. Both the aircraft and the boat sustained substantial damage; however, neither sank. There were no injuries. TSB File A09O0158.
Artist’s impression of the collision between the boat and the Cessna 185
— On August 5, 2009, a privately-owned Smith Miniplane powered paraglider took off 4 NM northwest of the Sept-Îles, Que., airport for a local flight. Witnesses observed the parachute losing volume and then crashing to the ground. The pilot sustained serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. At the time of the accident, winds were gusting from the west between 10 and 20 kt. TSB File A09Q0133.
— On August 5, 2009, a Piper PA28-151 with a student-pilot on board was conducting a solo cross-country training route between Quebec City, Que., and Trois-Rivières, Que. While backtracking on Runway 23 after landing at the Trois-Rivières airport (CYRQ), the pilot noticed an aircraft that was preparing to land on the runway. The pilot moved the aircraft to the northern edge of the runway to avoid the landing aircraft. The aircraft’s left wing hit a metal marker board signalling construction being carried out north of the runway. The left wing sustained considerable damage. The pilot was not injured. TSB File A09Q0138.
— On August 7, 2009, a privately-owned Beech E-90 was conducting an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight from Peterborough, Ont., to Quebec City, Que., with only the pilot on board. Immediately after takeoff, the No. 2 engine cowl detached and hit the leading edge of the right wing before falling on the runway. The aircraft returned to Peterborough and landed without incident. No one was injured. TSB File A09Q0139.
— On August 16, 2009, a privately-owned, amphibian Wagaero DARO-01 took off from Lac William, Que., for a local flight. The pilot was the aircraft’s only occupant. During the take-off run, the floatplane nosed over after one of its floats hit a wave created by a boat. The pilot, who was wearing his seat belt and flotation device, left the aircraft unharmed. TSB File A09Q0142.
— On August 24, 2009, the pilot of a privately-owned Piper PA23-250 arriving from the United States stopped in Brantford, Ont., to clear customs before continuing to his private strip. When the pilot was preparing to depart Brantford, he was unable to start the right engine. The pilot elected to attempt a single-engine takeoff from Runway 23. During the take-off roll, the pilot was unable to maintain directional control; the aircraft departed the right side of the runway just before the intersection of Taxiway Echo and Runway 23. The aircraft struck a taxiway light and continued across the taxiway before becoming airborne. The aircraft began a slow climb but was unable to clear trees at the edge of the airport property. The aircraft’s right wing struck a tree approximately 20 ft off the ground, severing the outboard portion of the right wing. The aircraft crashed into a cornfield approximately 300 ft beyond the tree and sustained substantial damage. The pilot was the only occupant on board and received minor injuries. TSB File A09O0179.
— On September 5, 2009, during a fly-in on Île Ronde near St-Sulpice, Que., a Taylorcraft BC-12-65 and a basic ultralight Voyageur II 912S collided. The collision occurred when the two aircraft were conducting their flare for landing on Runway 06. While he was conducting the flare and his aircraft was slowing down, the pilot of the ultralight noticed the nose of the Taylorcraft appear below him to the front and right. At that moment, he hit the tail of the Taylorcraft, which nosed up and ended its run upside down. The two occupants of the Taylorcraft and the pilot of the ultralight, who was alone on board the aircraft, sustained minor injuries. The two aircraft sustained considerable damage but did not catch fire. TSB File A09Q0162.
— On September 9, 2009, a Mooney M20J was conducting a local visual flight rules (VFR) flight in the Ste-Anne-des-Monts, Que., area. While the aircraft was on approach for landing on Runway 14, the landing gear did not drop and the aircraft landed on its belly. The pilot, who was the aircraft’s only occupant, was not injured. The aircraft’s propeller and ventral skin panels sustained considerable damage. TSB File A09Q0163.
— On September 9, 2009, the pilot of a Beech 77 was conducting a run-up when his brakes failed. The aircraft hit a parked Cessna 172M. The Beech 77 sustained damage to its propeller, while the Cessna 172 sustained damage to a wing. The pilot, who was the only occupant on board the Beech 77, was not injured. TSB File A09Q0164.
— On September 13, 2009, a Bell 214B-1 helicopter was bucketing near Clinton, B.C., topping up water storage tanks at 6 000 ft above sea level (ASL). While flying over a tank, there was a loud bang and a reduction in power. The aircraft reached a nearby pad but landed heavily, spreading the skid gear. There were no injuries. The long line had not been released. TSB File A09P0310.
— On September 29, 2009, a Zenair Zodiac CH601 was turning on final approach to conduct touch-and-goes at the Lachute, Que., airport when the aircraft crashed. The aircraft was destroyed by the impact but did not catch fire. The pilot—the aircraft’s only occupant—sustained fatal injuries. TSB investigators were dispatched to the scene of the accident and will collect data to support the coroner’s investigation. TSB File A09Q0177.
— On October 2, 2009, an R44 II helicopter took off for a visual flight rules (VFR) flight from the Mascouche, Que., airport to Bagotville, Que. The pilot and one passenger were on board the helicopter. Near Mont Apica, the pilot conducted a 180° turn after hitting fog. During the turn, the pilot lost his visual references with the ground and started climbing. During the climb, the aircraft slowed down. The pilot pushed on the cyclic control stick to increase the speed. During this manoeuvre, the main rotor partially cut off the tail boom. The blade did not sever the tail rotor drive shaft. However, the aircraft became unstable and the pilot began an autorotation. The pilot regained visual contact with the ground and landed without further incident on a logging road. Search and rescue (SAR) services were notified and went to the scene of the accident that same day. Neither the pilot nor the passenger was injured. TSB File A09Q0179.
— On October 8, 2009, a privately-owned, canard-type Velocity XL RG aircraft was on short final when the gull-wing-type door unexpectedly popped open. Directional control was difficult to maintain, but the pilot continued with the landing. After touchdown and approximately 200 ft from the threshold, the aircraft began to ground loop—damaging the landing gear and wing—and came to a stop on the grass infield. The aircraft sustained substantial damage, but the pilot was not injured. Reportedly, the gull-wing door was not properly latched prior to the flight and popped open when the aircraft encountered minor turbulence on final. TSB File A09O0216.
— On October 10, 2009, a basic ultralight Sauterelle was climbing at approximately 400 ft above ground level (AGL) after a takeoff from the Mascouche ,Que., airport, when the pilot lost control of the aircraft. The ultralight aircraft then crashed on Route 25. The aircraft sustained considerable damage and caught fire. The pilot—the aircraft’s only occupant—died from his injuries a few days later in the hospital. TSB File A09Q0182.
— On October 14, 2009, a Piper PA-24 departed Smith Falls, Ont., en route to Rockcliffe, Ont. The aircraft was in the circuit prior to landing when the engine lost power. The pilot attempted to land on Runway 27, but the aircraft did not make it to the runway. The aircraft impacted the airport’s perimeter fence and sustained substantial damage. The pilot, who was the aircraft’s sole occupant, was not injured. When examined after the accident, the right fuel tank was empty. There was some useable fuel in the left tank. TSB File A09O0220.
— On October 16, 2009, a Eurocopter EC130B helicopter was performing power-line and sock-line stringing operations in Manuel Canyon, B.C., when the main rotor struck a steel tower. The pilot immediately flew away to the west of the power line and, when clear of all ground crew, operated the emergency mechanical hook release. He then made a precautionary landing on a nearby road. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The pilot was not injured. TSB File A09P0353.
— On October 31, 2009, a Eurocopter EC120B helicopter was at idle power on the ground in Port Huron, Mich. When the pilot opened the door to latch it a second time in preparation for lift-off, a gust of wind caught the door and opened it fully. The top of the door hit the main rotor system, causing damage to all three rotor blades and to the door. The door strut had been removed previously due to a malfunction. TSB File A09F0153.
Important Editorial Note: Article deleted from ASL 1/2010
In Aviation Safety Letter (ASL) 1/2010, Transport Canada (TC) published an article which reproduced a Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) Aviation Safety Advisory titled "Major Modifications to Amateur-Built Aircraft". Some aircraft referred to in the article were incorrectly identified as Bush Caddy aircraft. It has since been determined that none of the aircraft mentioned in the subject article were Bush Caddy aircraft. Consequently, the article has been removed from all online versions of ASL 1/2010. With this notice, TC also retracts the article from the printed version of ASL 1/2010. Further, the aircraft type in the June 28, 2009 occurrence listed in the section entitled ‘Accident Synopses’ on page 31 of ASL 1/2010 should read “C.A.D.I. L-160”, and not “Bush Caddy”. The ASL apologizes to Canadian Light Aircraft Sales and Services Inc. (CLASS) Bush Caddy, and to owners and operators of CLASS Bush Caddy aircraft for this error.
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