Accident Synopses

Note: The following accident synopses are Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) Class 5 events, which occurred between November 1, 2009, and January 31, 2010. These occurrences do not meet the criteria of classes 1 through 4, and are recorded by the TSB for possible safety analysis, statistical reporting, or archival purposes. The narratives may have been updated by the TSB since publication. For more information on any individual event, please contact the TSB.

— On November 6, 2009, an amateur-built Hummelbird was conducting a VFR flight from Trois-Rivières, Que., to St-Frédéric, Que. During the landing run on Runway 23, the aircraft struck a runway light and ended up in the ditch on the left-hand side of the runway. The pilot, who was alone on board, was not injured. The propeller, the propeller spinner, and the lower right wing skin were damaged. A 5- to 8-kt wind was coming from the right. TSB File A09Q0189.

— On November 8, 2009, a North Wing Design Maverick ultralight was on initial climb out from the Vanderhoof, B.C., airport when the aircraft was upset by a strong gust of wind. The ultralight’s altitude could not be maintained and the tail section impacted a tree. It subsequently lost directional control, came down below power lines, and impacted the ground heavily. The aircraft was substantially damaged. The pilot suffered a broken leg. TSB File A09P0380.

— On November 12, 2009, a Robinson R44 II helicopter with the pilot and two passengers on board was conducting a VFR flight from Baie-Comeau, Que., to Baie-Trinité, Que. During the return flight, at approximately 12:49 Eastern Standard Time (EST), the aircraft struck a power transmission line’s overhead ground wire, which crossed the Franquelin River, Que. The aircraft crashed in the river, which is located east of Baie-Comeau. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. The pilot sustained fatal injuries and the two passengers were transported to hospital to be treated for serious injuries. Two TSB investigators were sent to the accident site. TSB File A09Q0190.

— On November 13, 2009, a float-equipped Bell 206B was taking off from Lac du Bonnet, Man. The flight was a local training flight and the pilot was demonstrating a no-hover takeoff with floats. As the helicopter accelerated on the water, the right float reportedly dug in and the rotor blades contacted the water and separated. The helicopter remained upright on the water and there were no injuries. The company indicated that the floats may have lost pressure in the cold water, causing the float to dig in. TSB File A09C0176.

— On November 15, 2009, the pilot-owner of an Aeronca Champ had just finished fuelling the aircraft in preparation for departure from Brampton, Ont. To start the engine, the pilot used the hand prop method and was assisted by another person, who was holding the tail. When the engine started, it developed too much thrust for the person holding the tail to control, and it broke free of his grasp. The aircraft struck a light standard and a large ladder that was a short distance ahead, and came to a rest with significant damage to the propeller, wing tip and leading edge. There were no injuries. TSB File A09O0244.

— On December 1, 2009, a Quad City Challenger II ultralight took off from Pitt Meadows, B.C., for a VFR flight to Salmon Arm, B.C. The aircraft ran out of fuel and the pilot made a forced landing in a field 4 NM west of Salmon Arm. The pilot obtained fuel and took off to complete his flight to Salmon Arm. By this time, darkness had fallen and the aircraft crashed near the button of Runway 14 at Salmon Arm. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot sustained serious injuries. TSB File A09P0398.

— On December 13, 2009, a Canadian-registered Airbus A310-300 was being ground-run by maintenance personnel from a contracted overhaul facility in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, following a “C” check. During the run-up, the aircraft jumped its chocks. The aircraft travelled across the apron area, across a road, and into soft, forested grounds. Both wings hit lamp standards resulting in damage to the leading edge slats. The engine nose cowls were damaged when hitting trees. The main bogies sustained damage and the nose gear was embedded in soft ground and was likely damaged. During the run-up, the circuit breakers [L/G PROX DET SYST 1 (1GB)/FLT GND and L/G PROX DET SYST 2/FLT GND (119GB)] were improperly pulled during the flight idle power testing. Pulling these circuit breakers inhibits both the nose wheel steering and the engine thrust reverser system. Furthermore, this action causes the brake and steering control unit (BSCU) to send an electronic signal to the anti-skid system to release all eight wheel brakes. TSB File A09F0176.

— On December 14, 2009, a Cessna 172 was conducting touch-and-goes at Mascouche, Que., to qualify for a night rating. The pilot had already conducted five circuits and during the last landing on Runway 11, he lost directional control of the aircraft. The aircraft slid to the left and hit a snowbank on the edge of the field. The propeller was twisted and the two wing tips were damaged. The pilot was not injured. While the aircraft was being recovered, it was found that the runway, which had been damp during the first landings at the beginning of the night, had frozen and become covered in black ice. TSB File A09Q0209.

— On December 17, 2009, a privately owned Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche was on a VFR flight from a private strip near Delhi, Ont., to Buttonville, Ont. On approach into Buttonville, the pilot could not get the landing gear to extend, so he elected to return to Delhi to land on the grass strip. The pilot attempted a manual gear extension; however, it was unsuccessful. The aircraft landed with all landing gear retracted and suffered damage to the aircraft skin and both propellers. Both occupants were uninjured. Initial inspection by an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) revealed that one of the push-pull cables had seized. TSB File A09O0270.

— On December 22, 2009, a Beech E90 had touched down on Runway 18 at Winnipeg, Man., on a MEDEVAC flight from St. Theresa Point, Man. The landing gear selector was inadvertently selected up when an attempt was made to raise the flaps immediately after touchdown. The ground/air safety switch was not yet in the ground position and all three gears cycled up. The aircraft settled onto the runway and was substantially damaged. There were no injuries. TSB File A09C0191.

— On January 5, 2010, a Bell 206L-1 helicopter was engaged in heli-skiing operations in the Bobbie Burns area, 20 NM from Golden, B.C. While approaching a landing area at Roller Coaster Run, the helicopter was suddenly engulfed in a whiteout, the main rotor blades contacted the ground and the helicopter was substantially damaged. The pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries, one passenger was uninjured. There was no fire. TSB File A10P0004.

— On January 11, 2010, a Piper PA31-350 aircraft was on final approach into Bloodvein River, Man., on a flight from Pikangikum, Ont. The aircraft landed on Runway 18 with the landing gear retracted. The aircraft came to a stop in the middle of the runway; the runway was then closed. There were no injuries and the aircraft sustained substantial damage. TSB File A10C0004.

— On January 18, 2010, the pilot of a Cessna 172H took off from Nelson, B.C., for a VFR flight to Trail, B.C. Weather in the area included low cloud and fog. The aircraft struck mountainous terrain about 5 NM south of Nelson and was substantially damaged. There was a post-crash fire; however, the 406 MHz emergency locator transmitter (ELT) worked long enough to be picked up by an overflying aircraft and satellite. The pilot was injured and had extricated himself from the aircraft. He contacted the police on his cell phone, but was uncertain of his exact location. The crash site was located about 5 hr after the crash, but the pilot was deceased. TSB File A10P0014.

— On January, 22, 2010, a Cessna 310Q departed Mascouche, Que., bound for Lachute, Que. While on approach for Lachute, the two engines (Teledyne Continental IO-470-VO) stopped. An emergency landing was conducted in a wooded area, 0.3 mi. from the threshold of Runway 10. The pilot was seriously injured; however, the instructor was not. Two TSB investigators went to the accident site. TSB File A10Q0007.

— On January 23, 2010, a privately operated wheel- and ski-equipped Maule (M-4-210C) was conducting a VFR flight from Blanc Lake, located 2 NM west of St-Donat, Que., to Lake Raymond, in Val-Morin, Que. After landing, the aircraft struck some hydro wires between an island and the lake shore, and then crashed on the frozen surface of the lake. The pilot, who was alone on board, was wearing his shoulder harness and was seriously injured. The aircraft sustained substantial damage, but there was no post-impact fire. TSB File A10Q0008

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