Accident Synopses

Note: The following accident synopses are Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) Class 5 events, which occurred between February 1, 2012, and April 30, 2012. 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 February 10, 2012, a Diamond DV-20 aircraft was on a VFR time-building flight from Moncton International (CYQM) to Bathurst (CZBF) airports. The aircraft lost control on landing and impacted a snow bank. The crew and passenger sustained minor injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged. TSB File A12A0017.

— On February 11, 2012, a privately registered Cessna 150, converted to a tail dragger, was operating on a sandbar in the Fraser River north of Chilliwack Mountain, B.C. The aircraft came into contact with water during the take-off run, overturned, and came to rest partially submerged. There was only the pilot on board and he was not injured. The pilot was rescued by two other aircraft that landed at the same site. TSB File A12P0019.

— On February 11, 2012, a privately registered ultralight Beaver RX550 with one person on board was reported to have crashed near Rosa Lake, B.C., 20 NM south of Williams Lake VORTAC (YWL). A post-impact fire occurred. The pilot was rescued and transported to hospital with serious injuries. TSB File A12P0020.


Despite constant reminders, warnings, and on-the-job training, marshallers sometimes forget about turning propellers.

— On February 13, 2012, a de Havilland DHC-8-100 was operating from Cambridge Bay, Nun., to Yellowknife, N.W.T. On arrival, the aircraft was marshalled in to parking spot 9 on the main apron. The left engine was shut down and the right engine was feathered. The marshaller moved from the nose of the aircraft towards the right main landing gear area with wheel chocks in hand and was struck by the propeller. The flight attendant provided immediate first aid and fire rescue personnel responded within one minute. The marshaller sustained serious injuries but was stable enough for MEDEVAC transportation to Edmonton. TSB File A12W0013.

— On February 14, 2012, a Cessna 150, with one pilot on board, was used to conduct a local VFR flight from the Montréal/ St-Hubert Airport (CYHU), Que., without authorization. After takeoff, the aircraft climbed over the airport, nosed down, and struck the ground approximately 1 200 ft east of the Runway 24R threshold. The pilot was fatally injured and the aircraft was destroyed. TSB File A12Q0022.

— On February 17, 2012, a Cessna T206H on amphibious floats was about 10 NM from Springbank Alta., descending through 6 000 ft on approach when smoke was noticed coming from under the instrument panel. The pilot requested priority for landing and was cleared to the threshold of Runway 25. After advising the tower, the electrical system was shut down, but the smoke continued to become thicker. On short final the throttle control failed, and the aircraft landed in the grass about 140 ft short of the runway. The aircraft rolled onto the pavement and came to rest just before Taxiway Delta, on the south side of the centreline. The pilot and two passengers evacuated without injury, and the airport operations staff contained the fire. Maintenance determined that the turbocharger “V” clamp failed due to corrosion and the hot exhaust gasses initiated a fire in the engine compartment that breached the firewall. The aircraft had about 1 000 hr TTSN, most of which had been float operations on and over salt water. TSB File A12W0014.

— On March 5, 2012, a Lockheed 188A had departed from Goose Lake, N.W.T for Yellowknife. After takeoff, the right main landing gear jammed in a partially retracted position. Several attempts were made to lower the right main landing gear with alternate extension methods, but with no success. An emergency was declared and the aircraft landed on Runway 34 with the left main landing gear and nose landing gear extended. The aircraft departed the right side of the runway and came to rest in the airport infield. There were no injuries to the six flight crew members and no post-occurrence fire. The outboard gear door strut is suspected to have jammed the gear mechanism during landing gear retraction after takeoff. TSB File A12W0020.

— On March 5, 2012, a Cessna 182RG, was on a VFR training flight from the Chicoutimi/St-Honoré Airport (CYRC), Que., with one pilot and one instructor on board. During a touchand- go on Runway 12, the aircraft landed on its belly and came to a stop on the runway. There was friction damage to the aircraft’s belly and propeller blades. There were no injuries. TSB File A12Q0031.

— On March 11, 2012, a Hughes 369D helicopter was transporting three passengers to a seismic survey site about 60 NM southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. After landing on snow the helicopter experienced a dynamic rollover and was substantially damaged. The pilot and passengers were not injured. The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) automatically activated during the incident. TSB File A12F0023.

— On March 14, 2012, a Eurocopter EC 130-B4 helicopter was conducting low-level wildlife management work in a heavily wooded area near the Ameson (VOR) (YAN) in Northern Ontario. While manoeuvring, the helicopter’s tail rotor struck a tree. The helicopter became uncontrollable and collided with the ground. The pilot and two crew members sustained minor injuries and were airlifted to safety by another helicopter. TSB File A12O0032.

— On March 17, 2012, a Citabria was conducting circuits at Prince George Airport (CYXS), B.C., when the aircraft touched down and ground-looped. The aircraft veered off the runway and overturned in the snow. The aircraft was substantially damaged. The pilot was the sole person on board and was unharmed. TSB File A12P0044.

— On March 17, 2012 a private Helio Courier H-391B was attempting a takeoff with a crosswind from Langley Airport (CYNJ), B.C., when the aircraft veered hard and ground-looped. The aircraft came to rest off the runway surface in a soft field with the wheels sinking into the mud. The right wing and horizontal stab contacted the ground causing extensive damage. TSB File A12P0043.

— On March 18, 2012, an amateur-built Super Ben 160 was on a local flight on skis from a private property. During the flight, fog formed on the ground, and the pilot turned back. He recognized Lac Louvier and decided to conduct a precautionary landing. The lake’s surface, measuring about 1 500 ft, was frozen. The aircraft did not slow down as anticipated and came to a stop in the trees at the far end of the lake. The aircraft impacted the trees at a reduced speed. The engine cowl and the left wing were damaged. The pilot and the passenger were uninjured. TSB File A12Q0037.

— On March 20, 2012, a Cessna 172N had taken off from the St-Frédéric Airport (CSZ4), Que., to conduct a circuit. This was the first solo flight for the student pilot. When landing on Runway 23 with wind blowing from 300° at 10 kt, the student pilot did not sufficiently deflect the ailerons against the wind. The aircraft went off course to the left, the left wheel struck a runway edge light and the left landing gear collapsed. The aircraft spun 180° while sliding on the slope at the edge of the runway. The propeller touched the ground and the left wing crumpled, the rear fuselage folded in, and the stabilizer was bent out of shape. The student pilot was not injured and the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was not activated. TSB File A12Q0040.

— On March 22, 2012, a Hughes 500 helicopter had taken off from Lac-à-la-Tortue (CSL3), Que., for Trois-Rivières, Que. At approximately 1.5 NM from its destination, the engine (Rolls-Royce, Allison C20B) shut down in flight. The pilot conducted an autorotation toward a railroad track. Upon landing, the skids slid next to the track and the aircraft tipped onto its side. The aircraft was assessed and no anomalies were found. The engine was placed on a test stand and showed no operating anomalies under any operating conditions. TSB File A12Q0043.

— On March 22, 2012, a Grob G120A was completing a practice forced landing and experienced a hard landing at Portage la Prairie Airport (CYPG), Man. The right main wheel detached from the aircraft. The crew elected to overshoot and returned to land on a different runway. On touchdown the left main landing gear partially collapsed. The aircraft departed the runway to the right and came to rest beside the runway in the grass. The crew was uninjured. Both main landing gear assemblies were damaged. TSB File A12C0030.

— On March 24, 2012, an Air Création XPGT582S ultralight on wheels took off from a field in Bury, Que., for a recreational flight, with the pilot and one passenger on board. About 15 min later, while cruising at low altitude, the left wing pointed towards the ground and the aircraft nosed down. The ultralight crashed into a forest and was severely damaged. The pilot did not survive and the passenger was seriously injured. The TSB is collaborating with the Quebec coroner’s office, which is conducting an investigation. TSB File A12Q0044.

— On March 25, 2012, a private Cessna 170 on wheels was attempting to land on a frozen lake 15 NM east of Smithers, B.C. The aircraft touched down prior to the threshold of the snowmobile compacted strip and nosed over onto its back. There were no injuries to the sole occupant. The 406 emergency locator transmitter (ELT) activated and was shut off by the pilot. TSB File A12P0041.

— On March 27, 2012, a privately operated Cessna A185F was on a local pleasure flight from the Cooking Lake Airport (CEZ3), Alta. The wind was from the south-southeast for arrival on Runway 10 with an estimated crosswind component of 5-8 kt. The initial touchdown was smooth but as the tail came down the aircraft swerved to the right resulting in the left wing tip scraping the runway. The aircraft departed the right side of the runway and the left wheel dislodged a conduit access cover and fell into the conduit. The aircraft came to rest on the left wing tip resulting in significant damage to the wing tip and left landing gear strut and wheel assembly. The pilot and three passengers were not injured. TSB File A12W0032.

— On March 31, 2012, the pilot-owner of a Kangook Th powered parachute was flying in the vicinity of Saint-Henri-de-Taillon, Que. When the powered parachute was at a very low altitude, the pilot was unable to avoid hitting a tree. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged. TSB File A12Q0050.

— On April 5, 2012, a Van’s RV-6A had landed at a private airstrip near Leask, Sask. While taxiing off the runway, the aircraft’s nosewheel sank into a soft depression in the grass taxiway. The aircraft overturned and its fuselage, propeller, and vertical stabilizer were substantially damaged. The pilot was not injured. TSB File A12C0032.

— On April 12, 2012, a Piper PA-18-150 Supercub was landing on Runway 34 at Mackenzie Airport (CYZY), B.C. The aircraft was observed descending steeply and touched down at the mid-point of the runway at an estimated airspeed of 45-50 mph. There was a crosswind at 310° and 8 kt. The aircraft bounced and the pilot regained control with full throttle application. The aircraft was pointing straight down the runway when a wind gust reportedly picked up the left wing. It subsequently stalled with a right wing drop; the aircraft punched through a perimeter fence to the right of the runway, impacted a small berm, and flipped over. The pilot of this tandem-seating plane was in the front wearing a seat belt restraint system with shoulder harness, and the passenger was wearing a lap belt. Both occupants extricated themselves from the aircraft. The passenger was taken to hospital for observation. The aircraft was substantially damaged. TSB File A12P0050.

— On April 14, 2012, the pilot of a Piper PA-14 Family Cruiser was performing circuits on Runway 25 at Boundary Bay Airport (CZBB), B.C. On its third landing, the aircraft touched down, bounced and porpoised before veering off to the right side of the runway and into the grass. The pilot shut off the engine, fuel valve, and electrics as the aircraft was rolling but it entered a ditch and nosed over before coming to a full stop. It came to rest inverted in the ditch. The pilot was wearing only a lap seat belt and was able to exit the aircraft uninjured. The aircraft was substantially damaged, and fuel was leaking into the ditch. The aircraft was righted in short time to prevent further contamination and the risk of fire. TSB File A12P0052.

— On April 14, 2012, a Bellanca 7ECA Citabria tow plane was landing beside Runway 06 at Pemberton Airport (CYPS), B.C., when it flipped over. The pilot was on the first approach to land for the season. The aircraft was low and slow on final and touched down in the grass area abeam the runway near the end, in an area with standing water; there was no braking action but it decelerated rapidly in the standing water and overturned. The pilot was wearing a seat belt restraint system with shoulder harness and extricated with minor leg scrapes. TSB File A12P0053.

— On April 15, 2012, a Schweizer SGS 2 33A glider landed short of Runway 36 at Oliver Airport (CAU3), B.C., in a peach tree orchard. The solo pilot was apparently not injured, but taken to hospital for observation. The aircraft damage was limited to the wings. TSB File A12P0054.

— On April 15, 2012, a Taylorcraft BC12-DX was hand started at Finlay Air Park (CDH3), N.S. Once started, the engine RPM continued to increase. Before the pilot could enter the cabin, the unoccupied aircraft jumped the chocks and impacted the side of a hangar. The hangar sustained minor damage while the aircraft was substantially damaged. The pilot was uninjured. It is likely that the throttle resistance was not adjusted properly which allowed the engine power to increase above idle. TSB File A12A0041.

— On April 15, 2012, a privately operated Kitfox Model 1 crashed after an attempted takeoff from a grass strip 10 MN east of Manning, Alta. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. TSB File A12W0040.

— On April 18, 2012, a privately operated Grumman Tiger AA-5B was on a local VFR training flight from the Lachute Airport (CSE4), Que., with an instructor and a student on board. While practicing touch-and-goes, the aircraft bounced on the nose wheel during one of the landings, and when the wheel touched down again the aircraft momentarily left the runway and drove on the grass before pulling back onto the runway. There were no injuries; the damage to the aircraft was mainly to the propeller, which had made contact with the runway. TSB File A12Q0055.

— On April 20, 2012, a privately owned Bellanca 7KCAB tail-dragger aircraft was landing in crosswind conditions. Shortly after touchdown the pilot lost directional control and the aircraft ground-looped. The right-hand side wing, wing strut, and landing gear were substantially damaged. TSB File A12O0053.

— On April 28, 2012, an Aeronca 7BCMX on floats was taking off from Pelican Lake in the vicinity of Sioux Lookout, Ont., when a float strut bracket broke and the left strut collapsed. The pilot aborted the takeoff immediately and the aircraft remained upright. The aircraft was towed to shore. There were no injuries and the damage was confined to the float and strut assembly. TSB File A12C0042.

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