Accident synopses

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The following accident synopses are Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) Class 5 events, which occurred between February 1, 2013, and April 30, 2013. 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 2, 2013, a ski-equipped Cessna 180E was landing on a field near Sudbury, Ont. During touchdown, the aircraft bounced, extending the landing run. The aircraft impacted a fence at the end of the field and flipped over, sustaining substantial damage. There were no injuries. TSB File A13O0015.

— On February 3, 2013, a Cessna 140 took off from St-André-Avellin, Que., for Lac Agile (CSA2), Que. The aircraft landed on Runway 03 at Lac Agile. After stopping, the pilot tried to turn around on the icy runway. During the manoeuvre, the aircraft was unable to remain on the runway and the pilot cut the gas. The aircraft did not stop on the icy surface and left the runway. The aircraft struck trees. The wings were substantially damaged. The pilot was not injured. TSB File A13Q0024.

— On February 5, 2013, a privately registered Mooney M20K landed with its gear up at Rockcliffe Airport (CYRO), Ottawa, Ont. The aircraft sustained damage to its propeller and belly. There was no fire and the four occupants were not injured. TSB File A13O0020.

— On February 9, 2013, a Beech 1900C was on an IFR flight from Vancouver to

Blue River (CYCP), B.C. The IFR clearance was cancelled at 9 000 ft ASL above the airport and a VFR approach to Runway 19 was carried out. After the aircraft touched down on the 60-ft wide runway, directional control was lost. The aircraft skidded sideways, departed the runway to the left and collided nose first with a large snow bank. The nose wheel collapsed, both propellers were damaged and there was possible damage to the right hand main gear. The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) will be sent to the TSB lab for data download. There were no injuries. TSB File A13P0014.

— On February 9, 2013, a Beech 76 Duchess departed Ottawa McDonald-Cartier International Airport (CYOW), Ont., for a local training flight. After departure, while level at 1 500 ft ASL, the left engine fuel pressure decreased to zero. Turning the boost pumps on did not affect the left engine fuel pressure. Shortly afterwards, the left engine (AVCO LYCOMING, O-360-A1G6D) began to run rough and surge, followed by a complete engine failure. The pilot declared a PAN and proceeded toward the airport. After a short time, the right engine began to run rough and surge in the same manner as the left engine. The pilot decided to land the aircraft in a field located within the City of Ottawa. The aircraft touched down on fresh snow with the landing gear up and slid for approximately 650 ft prior to coming to a stop. There were no injuries to the two occupants. The TSB sent two investigators to the scene. The aircraft will be recovered for further examination. TSB File A13O0023.

— On February 10, 2013, a Cessna 172M departed Orillia Airport (CNJ4), Ont., for a test flight after recent maintenance. A loss of engine oil pressure occurred during flight, followed by an engine failure. The pilot attempted to land the aircraft on a frozen lake. During short final, the aircraft struck some trees causing a 180° rotation from the direction of flight. The aircraft sustained substantial damage but came to rest on the ice right side up. The two occupants were not injured. The TSB was deployed and found the source of the oil loss to be a cap that had come off an oil port. TSB File A13O0024.

— On February 14, 2013, a Stinson 108-2 airplane departed a private strip to refuel at Waterville Airport (CCW3), N.S, located approximately 10 NM to the south. The aircraft was refueled at CCW3 and the lone occupant returned to the private strip for landing. Upon landing with a slight tailwind, the right main gear contacted a snow berm along the runway edge. The aircraft was pulled to the right and nosed over, coming to a stop inverted. The pilot exited the aircraft uninjured. There was no reported fuel spill. The aircraft was righted by the pilot using a farm tractor and towed to the owner's hangar. The owner-maintained aircraft suffered substantial damage. TSB File A13A0013.

— On February 16, 2013, a Cameron A180 hot air balloon was being used to conduct a sightseeing tour of Kananaskis Country, 28 NM WSW of Calgary, Alta. The flight encountered severe wind and turbulence that resulted in the balloon tearing open. The pilot was able to guide the flight in a controlled descent and forced landing into trees. There were no injuries to the four occupants. TSB File A13W0018.

— On February 20, 2013, an Aerospatiale AS350-B3 helicopter had just dropped off skiers at the top of a ski hill, about 50 NM north of Stewart, B.C. During liftoff, the pilot lost visual reference in blowing snow. The rotors struck terrain and the helicopter rolled over. There were no injuries but the helicopter was substantially damaged. TSB File A13P0018.

— On February 22, 2013, an amateur-built Murphy Rebel airplane was taking off at Joliette (CSG3), Que., when it struck a runway edge light with its right ski. The aircraft continued its flight to Île-Perrot Airpark (PSC6), Que. Upon landing, the right gear (skis/wheels) broke. The pilot immediately cut the engine, and the aircraft slid on the right wing and came to a stop. Nobody was injured. An examination of the aircraft revealed that the damage sustained during takeoff from CSG3 allegedly caused the breakage on landing. TSB File A13Q0033.

— On February 23, 2013, a privately operated Piper PA-46-310P was commencing a VFR flight from Venice (KVNC), Fla. to Fort Myers (FL59), Fla.. The pilot rotated the propeller to facilitate a successful engine start (Teledyne Continental TSIO-550-C1). As the pilot cleared the propeller arc to return to the aircraft, the engine started;  the aircraft moved forward on its own accord off the parking area and into a ditch. The nose landing gear collapsed resulting in substantial damage to the front of the aircraft and wings. The pilot was uninjured. TSB File A13F0029.

— On March 8, 2013 a Diamond DA-20-C1 took off from Québec Jean-Lesage International Airport (CYQB), Que., on a local flight with only the pilot on board. Upon landing on Runway 06, the aircraft bounced and the nose wheel hit the ground hard and collapsed. The aircraft was substantially damaged. The pilot was not injured in the accident. TSB File A13Q0039.

— On March 17, 2013, a privately owned Cessna 180K departed Digby (CYID), N.S., on a VFR round robin flight to Saint John (CYSJ), N.B., and Charlottetown (CYYG), P.E.I. On return to Digby, the winds were 310° at 27 kt. On the third attempt, the aircraft landed on Runway 26 and ground-looped. The aircraft’s nose impacted the runway causing damage to the propeller, engine and left wing tip. The pilot was the sole occupant and was uninjured. TSB File A13A0024.

— On March 29, 2013, a ski-equipped Birdman Chinook ultralight took off from a private strip on a local flight. The aircraft was at a height of 500 ft AGL when it was observed in a turn heading in a westerly direction. During the turn, the bank angle increased; the aircraft pitched steeply nose down and remained in this attitude until it struck the frozen surface of Raven Lake near Espanola, Ont. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The ultralight was found in its entirety and there was no evidence of a wreckage trail. The examination revealed that all flight controls had been connected via the flight control cable system and that disconnected control cables displayed overload failure. The Dacron skin covering the wings and empennage showed signs of deterioration; repairs to the skin had been made with household tape, silicone and substandard stitching. There was also evidence that the engine had been operating for an unknown period of time with a rich mixture which may have reduced performance. The single carburetor was secured to the engine with a rope. Damage to the propeller indicated that the engine was producing little or no power at impact. The pilot owner acquired the ultralight approximately three months prior to the accident. Investigators were unable to determine the pilot's flying experience on this ultralight. The pilot was not wearing a safety helmet; only ear protection was being worn. TSB File A13O0053.

— On April 1, 2013, a Poisk 06 ultralight had just departed King George Airpark (CSK8), Surrey, B.C., and was climbing through 300 ft, when a structural component failed and the aircraft became uncontrollable. The pilot immediately deployed a ballistic parachute. The aircraft descended with the parachute and landed in a field near the airpark. The pilot, the sole occupant, sustained injuries during landing. TSB File A13P0049.

— On April 3, 2013, a Cessna 207 was departing Island Lake, Man., for St. Theresa Point, Man., on a VFR flight of about 7 mi. The aircraft departed Runway 30 at 14:55 CDT and began a left turn at about 300 ft AGL for a landing on Runway 22 at St. Theresa Point. Almost immediately, the aircraft entered whiteout conditions in snow and blowing snow. The pilot was not IFR rated but attempted to stop the rate of descent that he noticed on the vertical speed indicator (VSI). As the nose was pulled up, the aircraft flew into the snow-covered lake. There was no fire and the pilot was not injured. The pilot attempted to call the flight service station (FSS) at 14:58. Communications were not established but the FSS detected an ELT signal in the background of the transmission. The RCMP was notified and the pilot was rescued by snowmobile at 15:37. TSB File A13C0032.

— On April 9, 2013, an Astar AS350B3 helicopter was approaching to land in a snow-covered area at Tenquille Lake, B.C. (14 NM northwest of Pemberton, B.C.). The pilot was slowly hovering the helicopter in difficult lighting conditions when the main rotor struck something. The pilot completed the landing, shut down the engine and found the main rotor blades badly damaged. TSB File A13P0055.

— On April 13, 2013, a Bell 206L1 helicopter was flying five tourists on a fishing trip to Homathko River, B.C., approximately 60 NM northeast of Campbell River, B.C. The main rotor struck terrain and separated from its root. The helicopter crashed in the river. The pilot and four passengers escaped the wreckage and made it to shore with various injuries. One passenger was found fatally injured in the submerged wreckage. TSB File A13P0061.

— On April 14, 2013, a Cessna 177B made a hard landing at Midland/Huronia Airport (CYEE), Ont., resulting in propeller and airframe damage. The pilot decided to take off and continue to Edenvale Aerodrome (CNV8), Ont., where the aircraft landed uneventfully. There were no injuries to the pilot. TSB File A13O0063.

— On April 15, 2013, a Cessna 172 conducted a VFR training flight from Montréal/Mascouche (CSK3), Que., with a student pilot on board. During the initial climb after takeoff from Runway 11, the engine (Lycoming 0-320-E2D) lost power and backfired. The pilot turned around to land on Runway 29. The aircraft was too high above the runway and landed on vacant land past the end of the runway. The aircraft was substantially damaged, and the pilot was transported to hospital with minor injuries. The TSB plans to participate in an engine exam at an overhaul facility in order to determine the cause of the loss of power. TSB File A13Q0064.

— On April 17, 2013, a ski-equipped Cessna 180H touched down on a mud- and sand-covered strip in the vicinity of Cochrane, Ont. The skis dug in and the aircraft’s nose pitched down allowing the propeller to strike the surface. As the empennage settled back on to the ground, the ground contact was of sufficient force to structurally damage the tail section. The pilot was not injured during the event. The purpose of the flight was to switch over from skis to floats. TSB File A13O0066.

— On April 24, 2013, a Grumman GA-7 was on a VFR flight from The Pas/Grace Lake (CJR3), Man., to Calgary/Springbank Airport (CYBW), Alta. After being airborne for approximately 3 hr and 45 min, the right engine (Avco Lycoming O-320-D1D) began to lose power. The pilot identified to ATC that he had an engine issue and requested priority at CYBW. Shortly afterwards, the left engine began to lose power; the pilot was unable to maintain altitude and conducted a forced landing approximately 9 NM north of CYBW. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was uninjured. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. TSB File A13W0050.

— On April 24, 2013, the pilot of a privately owned Cessna C150 started the engine by hand at the Sorel Airport (CSY3), Sorel, Que. The aircraft, whose tail was attached to a cement block, started to taxi. The pilot tried unsuccessfully to climb on board, and the aircraft hit a hangar about 200 ft away. The aircraft's propeller and right wing were substantially damaged. The pilot was not injured. TSB File A13Q0069.

— On April 25, 2013, a Cessna 140 with two pilots on board was conducting local familiarization flights from Guelph Airport (CNC4), Ont., for the purpose of converting the pilot to tailwheel aircraft. On the landing rollout, too much brake was applied and the aircraft nosed over onto its back. There was substantial damage but no injuries. Both occupants were wearing their lap and shoulder belts. The ELT did activate. TSB File A13O0075.

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