ACCIDENT SYNOPSES


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 November 1, 2008, and January 31, 2009, are all "Class5," and are unlikely to be followed by a TSB Final Report.

- On November 1, 2008, a Bellanca 7ECA airplane was on its first flight since it had been completely overhauled. No discrepancies were noted up to and including the take-off roll. Once airborne, the right wing was observed to lift slightly, and the airplane began to turn to the left. The left wing tip made contact with the runway surface, and the airplane continued turning left until it impacted the ground and came to rest adjacent to a logging road and ditch. It was noted that the airplane appeared to have become airborne at a relatively slow speed and that there were wind gusts on the runway at the time of the accident. The airplane was substantially damaged, and the pilot was seriously injured. TSBFileA08A0145.

- On November 2, 2008, the pilot of a Norman Aviation International Karatoo was on final approach for a private runway that was not listed in the Canada Flight Supplement(CFS). The pilot was blinded by the sun and accidentally descended below the approach slope. At an altitude of approximately 40ft, the left wing hit a spruce tree and collapsed. The aircraft plummeted to the ground, and the right wing hit a tree and also collapsed. The aircraft crashed in a nose-down attitude. The pilot, who was alone on board, was uninjured. This was the pilot's first landing on this runway, which measured 1200ft. TSB FileA08Q0213.

- On November 8, 2008, a Pilatus PC-12/45 was on approach to Runway33 at Fort Severn, Ont. The aircraft crossed the threshold at landing reference speed (Vref) 98kt, and the pilot-flying reduced engine power to idle. As the aircraft was flared for landing, the stall warning/stick pusher system emitted two beeps, and the stick shaker activated, followed immediately by the stick pusher. As the nose of the aircraft pitched down, both crew members overrode the stick pusher, and the aircraft landed in a flat attitude before the stick pusher interrupt button could be depressed. The nose wheel axle casting broke, and the nose wheel separated from the aircraft. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the nose landing gear and propeller; the crew and passengers escaped injury. TSBFileA08C0228.

- On November 8, 2008, a Cessna 182K departed Red Deer Regional Airport, Alta. (CYQF) at 22:27 Mountain Standard Time(MST) for the Innisfail, Alta., aerodrome (CEM4). The pilot was alone onboard. Radio contact was lost, and the wreckage was found by a search party early the next morning in a field southeast of the threshold of Runway34 at CEM4. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada(TSB) used GPS data to establish the pre-impact track, altitude, and speed. When it was 0.7NM southeast of the threshold of Runway34, the aircraft entered a continuous, constant rate, right-descending turn until ground impact. During the last minute of the flight, the cruise speed reduced from 116kt to 95kt, before increasing rapidly to a maximum of 142kt before impact. The aircraft struck the ground at high speed in a shallow descent, in a right-wing low attitude. No pre-impact malfunctions were found that would have contributed to the accident. The accident occurred during hours of darkness. At the time of the occurrence, dense fog was observed on a farm about 0.7NM southeast of the accident site and in the town of Innisfail, about 4NM southeast. There were no official weather observations at CEM4; however, unrestricted ground visibility at the aerodrome was reported at about 22:30MST. Runway16/34 has an aircraft radio control of aerodrome lighting (ARCAL) system, and it was reported that the lights had been turned on at the time of the occurrence, possibly by the accident pilot. TSBFileA08W0223.

- On November 12, 2008, a Beech King Air 100 made an unintentional gear-up landing at Stony Rapids, Sask. Both crew members were uninjured. However, the aircraft sustained substantial damage to the flaps, propellers, and aircraft underside. TSBFileA08C0234.

- On November 16, 2008, a Jabiru J170-SPC 3300 ultralight was performing circuits at King George Airpark in Surrey, B.C. On the downwind leg for Runway25, carburetor heat was applied, but selected to "off" when turning base. On short final, at about 190ft above ground level(AGL) with 1300rpm, the engine (Jibaru3300A) abruptly stopped. The aircraft did not reach the runway, hit trees, and was destroyed. There was no fire. The pilot sustained minor injuries. TSBFileA08P0355.

- On November 17, 2008, a Murphy Maverick ultralight was landing at Neepawa, Man. According to information provided, the pilot lost directional control in gusty conditions. The aircraft veered off the left side of the runway, and the left main gear collapsed. There were no injuries. TSBFileA08C0235.

- On November 24, 2008, a Boeing 737-7CT was being pushed back from Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport(LBPIA), Terminal3, GateC25 when the left-hand winglet contacted the right-hand winglet of another Boeing737-7CT aircraft that was being marshalled into the adjacent GateC24. At the time of the incident, each gate was manned by a four-person ground crew that included a lead hand, two wing walkers, and a fourth person for chalking the aircraft and/or disconnecting the tow tractor. All personnel were in their assigned positions when the collision occurred. There were no injuries. The aircraft were removed from service so both winglets could be replaced. TSBFileA08O0324.

- On November 27, 2008, the pilot of a Piper PA30 had departed Springbank (CYBW) for a local flight over Banff,Rocky Mountain House, and back to Springbank,Alta. After a touch-and-go at Rocky Mountain House, the pilot noticed that his radios seemed to be shutting down and that the aircraft lost all electrical power when he selected his gear down on approach into CYBW. The gear was extended manually with three green, but on touchdown the gear retracted causing substantial damage to the propellers, engines, and belly of the aircraft. The pilot was the sole person on board and was uninjured. TSBFileA08W0235.

- On November 29, 2008, a Bellanca 17-30 Viking was landing on Runway20 at Fort St. John, B.C., with a 10–15kt crosswind from the northwest. On touchdown, the aircraft veered to the right. The pilot overcorrected to the left, then locked the brakes before the aircraft departed the runway surface and into a snowdrift. The left wing, undercarriage, and propeller were damaged. The pilot and two passengers were injured. TSBFileA08W0238.

- On December 20, 2008, at approximately 19:51Mountain Standard Time(MST), a Canadian-registered twin-engine Beech 58P airplane was destroyed when it lost control near Stonewall, Colo. and impacted terrain. The private pilot and one passenger sustained fatal injuries. Night visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed, and an IFR flight plan was filed. The cross-country flight originated from the Pueblo, Colo., with Santa Fe, N.M., as the intended destination. Reportedly, the airplane was in cruise flight at 18000ft mean sea level(MSL) when it began an "uncontrolled" descent toward an area of rising mountainous terrain. The last known radar position placed the airplane at 12800ftMSL and one mile east of VermejoPeak(13367ftMSL). A short time later, a ground fire was reported by a passing airplane in the vicinity of the last known co-ordinates of the accident airplane. The wreckage was located the following day at an elevation of approximately 12000ftMSL. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board(NTSB) is investigating. TSBFileA08F0188.

- On January 9, 2009, a student pilot was on his third solo circuit on a Cessna 172 when the aircraft bounced and sustained a hard landing. Maintenance inspection revealed firewall damage around the nose gear strut attachment area, requiring major repair. TSBFileA09W0007.

- On January 15, 2009, a Canadian-registered Cessna TU206G was in cruise near San Salvador City, El Salvador, when its engine (Teledyne Continental TIO-520M; S/N:291863R) failed. The pilots managed to carry out a forced landing on a public road under construction. The two pilots on board the aircraft sustained no injuries. Preliminary information indicates an engine failure due to an internal part separation. The top of the engine had a large hole (3.5in. diameter), and the oil escaped and also went on to the windscreen. ElSalvador is investigating this occurrence. TSBFileA09F0007.

- On January 22, 2009, an instructor and student aboard a Cessna 152 were conducting training exercises at the St.Andrews airport, Man. After the completion of two circuits, the instructor called for a planned simulated engine-failure-after-takeoff exercise. Shortly after the initiation of the exercise, the engine stopped, and the crew was forced to land the aircraft in a snow-covered field 1.5mi. north of the airport. The aircraft nose wheel collapsed on touchdown, and both wing tips were damaged. The instructor and student were uninjured. The engine stoppage was traced to an inadvertent shutoff of the fuel selector during the simulated engine-failure exercise. TSBFileA09C0013.

- On January 29, 2009, a Cessna 210E had arrived at Fort Nelson, B.C., from Peace River, Alta. The landing was accomplished with the landing gear retracted. The pilot reported a total electrical failure when flaps were selected. This was compounded by other factors, such as the loss of communication, in addition to turbulent crosswinds. The power did come back on at 1mi. final. No warning horn was heard even after power returned. TSBFileA09W0019.

- On January 29, 2009, a privately registered Piper Cherokee was on the landing roll in Vulcan, Alta., when a strong crosswind forced the aircraft off the runway into a snowbank. The resulting impact flipped the aircraft over onto its top. There were no injuries to the lone occupant. TSBFileA09W0020.

- On January 30, 2009, a Cessna 172H landed on Runway31 at Quesnel, B.C., after a local flight. At the time of landing, a frontal passage was taking place, and the wind was 340° at 20kt, gusting to 35kt. While taxiing onto the ramp at the south edge of Taxiway A, the aircraft was overturned by a very strong wind gust. The aircraft was substantially damaged; the two occupants were uninjured. TSBFileA09P0017.

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