Accident Synopses

Note: The following accident synopses are Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) Class 5 events, which occurred between May 1, 2013, and July 31, 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 since publication. Unless otherwise specified, photos are provided by the TSB. For more information on any individual occurrence, please contact the TSB.

— On May 2, 2013, an amateur-built Glastar took off from Chilliwack Airport (CYCW), B.C., and stayed in the circuit for a touch-and-go. On climb-out following the touch-and-go, the engine (Lycoming IO-360-B1B) rpm only increased to about 1 700 rpm despite application of full throttle. The pilot radioed that he had an engine problem and was returning to land. Although the engine continued to run smoothly, it would not exceed 1 700 rpm; as a result, the circuit was flown at a lower than usual altitude and airspeed. When the aircraft turned base, the pilot noticed an aircraft positioning for takeoff and decided to abort the landing and continue flying north over farmland toward the Fraser River. About 2 NM north of Chilliwack Airport, the engine suddenly went to idle but continued to run smoothly. A forced landing was conducted in a field and the aircraft struck a fence post. The aircraft was substantially damaged; the pilot and passenger received minor injuries. TSB File A13P0074.

— On May 2, 2013, a Mooney M20S touched down with its landing gear unintentionally retracted on Runway 22 at Swift Current Airport (CYYN), Sask. The aircraft slid along the runway incurring damage to the underbelly, lower cowling, flaps and propeller. There were no injuries to the two occupants. The runway was closed by NOTAM while the aircraft was lifted and removed from the runway. TSB File A13C0042.

— On May 4, 2013, a Bilsam Sky Cruiser ULA advanced ultralight from Barrie, Ont., was landing at Lachute Airport (CSE4), Que., when the pilot’s right foot slid off the right rudder pedal which resulted in an abrupt and strong push on the left rudder pedal. The nose wheel broke and the aircraft slid on its nose towards the left of the runway. The propeller broke against the runway. The pilot was alone on board and was not injured. TSB File A13Q0076.

— On May 4, 2013, a Cessna 185F took off from Runway 25 at Mont-Laurier aerodrome (CSD4), Que. with a pilot on board. Runway marks made by the left wheel extended into the sand located off the runway, indicating that the aircraft had left the runway before taking flight. Once in flight, the aircraft banked left, crashed nose first in the opposite direction and caught fire. The pilot was killed. The TSB sent the seat to the laboratory for further analysis. TSB File A13Q0077.

Cessna 185F at Mont-Laurier on May 4, 2013

— On May 5, 2013, a Zenair CH701 had completed an hour of touch-and-gos at Lachute Airport (CSE4), Que., and was taxiing on the ground towards the parking area. While taxiing, the main gear collapsed and came to a stop without other incident. An examination of the gear indicated that the gear's spring leaf attachment bolts gave way and allowed the fuselage to collapse on its belly. TSB File A13Q0080.

— On May 12, 2013, a Bell 212 helicopter was on a VFR flight, from the FOX-3 radar site (3 NM NW of Dewar Lakes, Nun.) to Hall Beach (CYUX), Nun., with a pilot and four passengers on board. As the helicopter left the helipad surface after takeoff, it encountered a severe snowball effect and all visual references were lost. The aircraft impacted the snow-covered surface approximately 300 m from the helipad and rolled over. Two of the four passengers suffered minor injuries. The helicopter was destroyed. TSB File A13C0048.

— On May 13, 2013, a Cessna 205 was being run up after maintenance by an aeronautical maintenance engineer (AME) on the apron at Anahim Lake 

Airport (CAJ4), B.C., when the aircraft flipped over its nose. It was reported that the aircraft had a 5 kt tailwind and was just powering up (about ½ throttle) when a whirlwind gust caught under the tail. The AME was alone on board and was not injured, but the aircraft was substantially damaged. TSB File A13P0080.

— On May 14, 2013, the pilot of a Piper PA-12 was on the final leg of a cross-country flight that had originated in Colorado. The final leg of the trip was from Lethbridge (CYQL), Alta., to Vermillion (CYVG), Alta. The last fuel stop had been in Fort Benton, Mont., where the aircraft obtained full fuel. While in cruise at 4 500 ft, approximately 35 NM south of Vermillion, the engine lost power. The propeller continued to windmill as the pilot attempted to glide to CFB Wainwright Field 21 (CFP7), Alta. When it was apparent that the aircraft would not make the field, the pilot lined up on a gravel road. While on short final, at about 30 ft above ground, the aircraft hit a power line, resulting in a hard landing. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot, who was the sole occupant, received minor injuries. The maintenance company that performed the recovery drained 3 L of fuel from the aircraft fuel tanks. There were no signs of fuel leaks at the accident site. TSB File A13W0060.

— On May 18, 2013, a Cessna 172 RG was on a training flight and, when selected up, the gear failed to indicate up and locked. During the subsequent approach, the down lock indicator did not illuminate to show down and locked. A visual check of the landing gear showed no gear down on the right side. The aircraft did a flyby of the tower that confirmed that the nose and left landing gear appeared to be down and locked, while the right landing gear was in the trailing position. After several attempts to extend and retract the landing gear, the aircraft carried out a landing with the nose and one main landing gear down and locked. The aircraft landed and the right gear did not support the weight of the aircraft, which subsequently ground-looped and settled onto the right horizontal stabilizer and right wing tip. The aircraft was substantially damaged and there were no injuries. Maintenance found a fracture in the housing of the hydraulic rack-and-pinion type landing gear actuator that prevented it from functioning properly. TSB File A13O0095.

— On May 18, 2013, an amateur-built Hummelbird aircraft was conducting a local VFR flight from Mascouche Airport (CSK3), Que., in clear and calm weather conditions. While the aircraft was above Lavaltrie, Que., the pilot made a distress call without specifying the nature of his difficulties. The aircraft crashed at an impact angle of about 60° into a sandy field. The pilot suffered fatal injuries. The aircraft was substantially damaged but the propeller was relatively undamaged. The engine was taken to a TSB laboratory for assessment. TSB File A13Q0086.

Hummelbird amateur-built, May 18, 2013

— On May 19, 2013, an AS350-B2 helicopter was landing on a site at the edge of a muskeg approximately 45 NM NW of Fort McMurray Airport (CYMM), Alta. The pilot landed the helicopter and performed a “seating check”. Having determined that the site was suitable, the landing and normal shutdown were completed. During the shutdown, the passengers began to unload their equipment from the port side equipment basket. The aircraft began to tilt aft and to the left during the unloading. With the passengers waiting by the tree line, the pilot attempted to restart the aircraft for repositioning. The main rotor blades did not turn much when fuel was added, so the aircraft was shutdown. An attempt was made to prop up the helicopter by placing logs under the skids. A second restart was then attempted; however, the helicopter began to shake and the start was aborted. A post shutdown inspection indicated that damage had been sustained to the tail boom and tail rotor blades when they contacted the water. TSB File A13W0063.

— On May 21, 2013, a sunken DHC-2 Beaver was discovered by hunters in the water near Stuart Island, in the mouth of Bute Inlet, B.C. (25 NM N of Campbell River, B.C.) after they spotted a pair of aircraft floats upside down. The joint rescue coordination centre (JRCC) in Victoria was alerted at 17:23 PDT, and a rescue helicopter on a training flight in the area was tasked to respond and arrived at the site at 17:45 PDT. The one person on board was confirmed deceased. The aircraft was equipped with a 406/121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitter (ELT), but no transmission was received or reported by others. TSB File A13P0086.

Sunken DHC Beaver on May 21, 2013 near Stuart Island, B.C.

— On May 25, 2013, a privately operated, float-equipped Cessna 185E was on a flight from the Fort McMurray Water Aerodrome (CES7), Alta., to Fort Nelson (CYYE), B.C. After approximately 1 hr of flight, the pilot observed that the fuel flow meter value was dropping off. The fuel mixture control was advanced to rich, but the fuel flow meter continued to register a drop in fuel flow. A backup fuel flow meter indicated a positive fuel flow and the engine continued to run. At this time, the pilot observed fuel dripping into the cabin from behind the dash. The pilot elected to conduct a precautionary landing onto Wadlin Lake (35 NM SE of La Crête, Alta.). After the water landing, the engine quit. As the aircraft was some distance from shore, an attempt was made to restart the engine in order to taxi to shore. However, upon starting, the fuel fumes in the cabin ignited and engulfed the aircraft in flames. The pilot was able to evacuate the aircraft with a life jacket and was subsequently rescued by a boater. TSB File A13W0066.

— On May 25, 2013, a Cessna 180K on floats, with an instructor and a privately licensed student on board, was performing cross-wind landings in the Georgian Bay, 8 NM W of Parry Sound, Ont., as part of the student’s training to obtain a float endorsement. After several cross-wind takeoffs, they flew an approach in a NE direction with the wind reported from the WNW at 5–15 kt. Visibility during the flight was unlimited, and the landing was to take place in the leeward side of an island where the water surface was calmer. After a briefing from the instructor, the student remained as the pilot flying and selected 20° of flap. The approach was stable, but when the aircraft touched down on the water the left float dug in and the aircraft veered to the left and became inverted. The instructor tried to take control of the aircraft but was unable to right the aircraft before it became inverted. The student and instructor were wearing shoulder harnesses and, after the aircraft stopped, they released themselves from the harnesses and both exited the aircraft through the right cabin door. The aircraft came to rest approximately 50 ft from a small island. Although both retrieved life jackets from the aircraft, they decided the distance to shore was minimal and carried the life jackets instead of wearing them. After a short period of time, a boat passed by and called rescue services. Neither pilot was injured; the aircraft sank in approximately 10 ft of water. TSB File A13O0099.

TSB File A13O0099

— On May 28, 2013, a Delta Trikes Aviation J-RO 914 UL gyroplane, with the owner/student pilot on board, took off from a grassy area off the left side of Runway 24 at St‑Lambert‑ de‑Lauzon aerodrome (CST7), Que., in order to conduct a local flight. This grassy area is often used by aircraft such as gyroplanes and ultralights. During the climb, control was lost and the aircraft crashed about 2 000 ft from the threshold of Runway 24, 150 ft southeast of the runway. The pilot died in hospital. The aircraft was destroyed by the impact but there was no post-crash fire. Two TSB investigators went to the accident site. The reasons for the loss of control are not yet known. TSB File A13Q0089.

Gyroplane accident at the St Lambert de Lauzon aerodrome

— On May 30, 2013, a float-equipped Beech 3N (Beech 18) was departing Cochenour (Red Lake), Ont., en route to McCusker Lake, Ont., on a camp service flight with a pilot and one passenger on board. On departure, the aircraft banked slightly right then 90° left. The left wing tip struck the water, and the aircraft cartwheeled and sank. The two occupants sustained fatal injuries; the aircraft was substantially damaged. TSB File A13C0058.

Beech 18 being recovered out of Red Lake, Ont.

— On May 30, 2013, a privately owned Piper PA-34-200T was climbing after takeoff from St. Thomas Municipal Airport (CYQS), Ont., when a landing gear unsafe light illuminated. After a flyby with ground personnel observing, it was determined that the nose wheel was turned 90° from the direction of flight. The pilot declared an emergency and on touchdown the main landing gear contacted the runway first, with the nose pitched high until speed was reduced. When the nose gear dropped to the runway, it collapsed. The two propellers struck the runway surface. The aircraft came to a stop on the runway and the pilot exited the aircraft uninjured. It was determined that, before the flight, the aircraft had been towed. To facilitate towing, the aircraft’s scissor pin was removed to prevent nose gear damage during towing. The pin was not reinstalled and its absence went unnoticed. TSB File A13O0102.

— On May 31, 2013, a float-equipped Bellanca 7GCBC with two people on board was on a VFR flight from Lac Casey to Lac Cloutier, Que. While the aircraft was at cruising altitude, about 5 NM from Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie, the engine (Lycoming 0-320-A2D) stopped because of a fuel shortage. The pilot saw a lake where he attempted to land on water. The lake was too small; the aircraft bounced and ended up in the woods. The two people were uninjured and were able to evacuate from the aircraft. The pilot communicated his position by satellite telephone and they were rescued later that evening. TSB File A13Q0090.

— On June 3, 2013, a Robinson R44 helicopter was being operated in support of well site servicing activities. The flight originated in Grande Cache (CEQ5), Alta., and was approximately 24 NM east en route to a gas plant when deteriorating weather conditions were encountered. The pilot elected to divert to a nearby gas plant and subsequently came into contact with trees while manoeuvring. The helicopter collided with terrain and was destroyed by post-impact fire. The pilot was able to exit the helicopter but sustained serious injuries. He was transported to Grande Prairie hospital by an air ambulance. TSB File A13W0073.

— On June 3, 2013, a Stinson 108-2 on floats was taxiing on the water for departure from Arnprior (CNB5), Ont. During taxi, the wind weather cocked the aircraft, and the pilot was unable to shutdown the engine before the propeller came into contact with a Cessna 172 floatplane, which was parked at the dock. The Cessna suffered significant damage to the rudder, vertical stabilizer and elevator. The Stinson suffered minor scratch damage to the propeller. The pilot and sole occupant of the Stinson was uninjured. TSB File A13O0106.

— On June 4, 2013, a Cessna 185F was on a VFR flight from St-Hubert Airport (CYHU), Que., to Lac-à-la-Tortue (CSL3), Que. The pilot decided to conduct a few touch-and-gos at Trois-Rivières Airport (CYRQ), Que. During the second touch-and-go on Runway 23, with a 250° crosswind blowing at 10 to 15 kt, the aircraft suddenly found itself perpendicular to the runway. The aircraft was lifted up and then turned on its back. The pilot sustained a minor cut to one hand and the aircraft's wings and fin were substantially damaged. TSB File A13Q0091.

— On June 5, 2013, a Robinson R44 II helicopter was returning after a local VFR flight in the vicinity of Lac Matonipi, Que. The weather conditions were 5–6°C, cloudy with strong winds and no precipitation. During the landing manoeuvre, the aircraft was carried off course by the wind and the main rotor struck trees. The aircraft's main rotor, tail boom and tail rotor were substantially damaged. The pilot, alone on board, was not injured. TSB  File A13Q0104.

— On June 5, 2013, a Diamond DV20 was on a local training flight at the Greater Moncton International Airport (CYQM), N.B., with a student pilot and flight instructor on board. During the accident flight, the student pilot was practicing an engine failure on takeoff. The instructor had previously briefed the student on the manoeuvre. During the initial climb, the instructor simulated the engine failure by reducing the power to idle while simultaneously stating simulated engine failure. Initial reaction by the student was delayed, and the instructor took control of the aircraft. There was insufficient altitude available to allow the instructor to fully recover the aircraft. The aircraft impacted the runway with sufficient force to cause the propeller and right wing tip to strike the runway as well as to cause extensive damage to the nose and right main landing gear. There were no injuries. TSB File A13A0059.

— On June 6, 2013, an amateur-built Protech PT2 on floats took off from Lac Laganière, Que., for Lac Caché, Que., near Chibougamau, Que., with two pilots on board. When the aircraft was above Lac Chibougamau, the pilot decided to conduct touch-and-gos. At about 1 000 ft AGL, during a left turn, the aircraft started to slide leftwards and nose down. The floatplane hit the surface of the water at an angle of about 30°, nose down. The two occupants escaped through the doors and were rescued by local residents. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the occupants sustained minor injuries. TSB File A13Q0094.

— On June 12, 2013, a Cessna C337B with one person on board was reported overdue to Pacific radio/Kamloops flight information centre (FIC) by SPOT satellite tracking service. The joint rescue coordination centre (JRCC) was then notified of the overdue aircraft which had departed Nelson (CZNL), B.C., at 2000Z for La Ronge (CYVC), Sask. The last position registered by SPOT was at 2053Z. JRCC Victoria reported that the aircraft was located near Rose Pass summit (Crawford Creek valley) at about 6 500 ft ASL and that the pilot was deceased. Although the weather was reported to have been fair in Nelson and other nearby areas, extremely poor weather was reported in the upper Crawford Creek valley. TSB File A13P0112.

— On June 13, 2013, a Piper PA-14 was departing North Battleford/Cameron McIntosh Airport (CYQW), Sask., en route to Calling Lake, Alta. Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft banked into a turn, descended and struck the ground. A post-impact fire ensued. First responders reached the scene shortly after the accident occurred. The two occupants were deceased and the aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and fire. TSB File A13C0063.

TSB File A13C0063

— On June 14, 2013, a Bell B205A-1 helicopter was on approach while working in a firefighting operation west of Daniel-Johnson Dam (formally known as Manic 5), in the regional county municipality of Manicouagan, Que., when the pilot heard unusual noises and got a master caution warning light from the input quill/freewheel system. The pilot completed an emergency landing in a swamp area. The power shaft and freewheeling unit were found ruptured, and debris had been thrown into the engine inlet compressor. There was no post-accident fire. TSB File A13Q0100.

— On June 15, 2013, a Zenair Zodiak ultralight was undergoing a test flight from Runway 36 at Muskoka Airport (CYQA), Ont., after the installation of vortex generators. The aircraft became airborne, began oscillating uncontrollably and impacted the runway surface, causing the left main gear to collapse with subsequent runway excursion. The pilot, the sole occupant, was uninjured. The damaged aircraft was removed and the runway reopened. TSB File A13O0118.

— On June 16, 2013, a float-equipped Piper PA-18S was on approach for Lac des Passes, Que., with a pilot and a passenger on board. While the pilot was making a turn for a landing on water, the aircraft lost too much speed and altitude. The left float hit the surface of the water and the aircraft nosed over. The aircraft was found upside down in about 6 ft of water. The floats jutted out from the surface. The pilot was able to evacuate from the submerged aircraft through the main door while the passenger used the window on the left. They were immediately rescued by fishers and were transported to hospital by ambulance. TSB File A13Q0101.

— On June 20, 2013, a Lake LA-4-200 Amphibian was on a local VFR flight in the vicinity of Trois-Rivières Airport (CYRQ), Que. During the landing run, the two legs of the main landing gear collapsed and the aircraft slid on the runway over approximately 120 m before coming to a stop. The pilot, alone on board, was not injured. The aircraft’s hull was damaged. According to the engineers who repaired the aircraft after the accident, it seems that the gear was deployed before there was sufficient hydraulic pressure to ensure locking in the down position. Gear deployment and retraction tests after the accident showed that the gear and the position indicating and locking system worked properly with adequate hydraulic pressure. TSB File A13Q0105.

— On June 23, 2013, a Paratour SD-2 powered paraglider was on a flight in the vicinity of Saint-Édouard-de-Lotbinière, Que. The aircraft was seen spiraling and crashed not far from the intersection of Route 226 and Route Soucy. The pilot was seriously injured. TSB File A13Q0107.

— On June 23, 2013, a privately operated Lake Buccaneer (LA-4-200) was departing from Kootenay Lake, West Arm (7 NM NE of Nelson, B.C.), with two persons on board. During the takeoff run, the aircraft struck the wake generated by a passing boat, lifted off, bounced once and struck the water in a nose-down attitude. The occupants exited the aircraft which subsequently sank. There were no injuries. Both occupants were wearing 3-point safety harnesses and inflatable personal floatation devices (PFD). One occupant inflated the PFD before exiting the aircraft but was not hindered by it. TSB File A13P0124.

— On June 24, 2013, a DHC-2 MK1 Beaver was en route at 2 000 ft ASL from Toba Inlet, B.C., to the river at YVR. Approximately a third of the way into the trip, the engine suffered a catastrophic failure and the propeller departed the aircraft, damaging both of the floats. The pilot conducted a forced landing near Halfmoon Bay, B.C. There were no injuries. The aircraft was towed to shore and tied to a dock. The engine was shipped to the American facility that had performed the last overhaul, and a NTSB investigator represented the TSB at the tear down. The damage was so extensive that it could not be determined what had failed. TSB File A13P0123.

— On June 29, 2013, a privately owned, amateur-built Cyclone C 180 on floats was taxiing on the water for a departure from Saganash Lake, Ont. The wind on the lake was reported as strong. During a left turn, the left wing began to rise and the right wing tip entered the water. The aircraft quickly rolled over and submerged, coming to a rest upside down suspended by the floats. The pilot, sole occupant on board, was able to egress without difficulty or injury and was assisted by a nearby boat.TSB File A13O0122.

— On July 1, 2013, a Piper PA-32RT-300T (Turbo Lance II) was arriving at Okotoks (CFX2), Alta., from Elko (CBE2), B.C., when the engine began to lose power while downwind for Runway 16. The pilot switched fuel tanks with no change. With insufficient power to maintain altitude, the pilot conducted a successful forced landing in a stubble field approximately 1 km north of the airport. Two passengers and two dogs exited the aircraft, and additional fuel (approximately 30 L) was added for an attempt to reposition the aircraft to the airport. Shortly after becoming airborne from the stubble field (1 ft stubble), the aircraft struck a chain-link fence and landed heavily short of the runway, resulting in substantial damage to the aircraft. The pilot sustained injuries. TSB File A13W0090.

— On July 2, 2013, a DHC-2 Beaver floatplane, a charter flight with one pilot, two passengers and two dogs on board experienced a hard landing at sea in the vicinity of Escalante Point on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. On touchdown, as the speed decreased, the aircraft impacted with two successive heavy sea swells. The water poured over the front floats. The forward struts were fractured, the engine mounts collapsed and the floatplane came to a stop pointing about 20° nose down. The pilot called company operations and another aircraft overflew the area. Kamloops area control centre (ACC) and flight information centre (FIC) were advised. The pilot and passengers donned life preservers and fitted the dogs with the same. Shortly afterwards, a Coast Guard vessel arrived and all were transferred onto the vessel. By that time, the airplane was pointed straight down and drifting toward the rocky shoreline. Minor injuries were reported; the aircraft sustained substantial damage. TSB File A13P0130.

— On July 5, 2013, a Hughes 369D (500D) helicopter was operating 5 NM NW of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., in support of the construction of a 500 kV transmission line. While hovering next to a lattice tower, the main rotor blades struck the tower structure and control of the helicopter was lost. The helicopter crashed near the base of the tower, and the pilot and lineman both received serious injuries. The helicopter was substantially damaged; there was no post-impact fire. TSB File A13W0093.

Downed helicopter near Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.

— On July 6, 2013, a Pezetel SZD-55-1 glider was on a local flight and landed with the monowheel landing gear in the retracted position. The glider sustained damage to the underside of the airframe and the tail section. The pilot was not injured. TSB File A13O0127.

— On July 11, 2013, a Piper PA-44-180 aircraft was conducting stop-and-go circuits on Runway 30 at Sault Ste. Marie Airport (CYAM), Ont., with one instructor and two students on board. During the occurrence landing, the student retracted the flaps as the aircraft was slowing down and inadvertently retracted the landing gear at the same time. The aircraft right main landing gear and nose landing gear retracted. The right wing suffered damage and the propellers on both engines struck the ground. There were no injuries. TSB File A13O0134.

TSB File A13O0134

— On July 11, 2013, a Piper Aztec PA-23-250 was returning to Montreal/St-Hubert Airport (CYHU), Que., after a multi-engine pretest flight. Upon touching down on Runway 06L, the landing gear collapsed. The aircraft slid for approximately 600 ft before coming to a stop. There were no injuries to the student pilot or instructor on board. The aircraft was substantially damaged. Examination of the aircraft did not show any faults. The gear down selection was made just prior to touching down on the runway; the gear had not extended and locked before touchdown. Sections of the checklist were revised and changed to include confirmation of the three green gear down and locked condition. TSB File A13Q0120.

— On July 13, 2013, a privately owned Cessna 150K took off from Mascouche, Que. to Trois-Rivières, Que., for a training flight with a student pilot on board. At 2 200 ft ASL, the engine (Continental O-200-A) lost power and smoke entered the cabin. In the moments that followed, the engine stopped. The pilot declared an emergency and conducted a forced landing in a field. The aircraft came to a stop in a ditch and was substantially damaged. The pilot was uninjured. TSB File A13Q0121.

— On July 14, 2013, an amateur-built, float-equipped Golf Caddy took off on a VFR flight from Lac Blouin, Que., to Lac Corbett, Que., with only the pilot on board. On arrival at his destination, the pilot conducted low altitude orbits to take photos. The aircraft stalled in a low altitude turn and crashed in the trees. The aircraft was substantially damaged. The pilot was unharmed. TSB File A13Q0122.

— On July 14, 2013, a Let Kunovice L-33 Solo glider was being towed for a local flight at the Black Diamond/Cu Nim airstrip (CEH2), Alta. Shortly after liftoff, the pilot became aware of a buzzing sound emanating from the front cockpit area. The noise became pronounced by 100 ft AGL; the canopy latch was visually checked and appeared full forward indicating the locked position. The air vent was cycled but no change in noise was detected. At approximately 300 ft AGL, the canopy opened to one third travel. The pilot caught the canopy and slammed it to the closed position. Unable to determine if the latch had failed, the canopy was held in the closed position while aborting the flight and returning to CEH2. Limited to flying with one hand, the flight spoilers would be unavailable for the descent and landing. The pilot conducted side slip manoeuvres to lose altitude. Airspeed was above normal for the landing flare, which resulted in several hard contacts with the runway surface. Left rudder input was applied to avoid a fence beyond the end of the runway. The aircraft turned 90° left and the right wing contacted and remained on the runway surface. The pilot was uninjured but the glider sustained substantial damage. The latch pins were found to be above the pin receivers. TSB File A13W0097.

— On July 26, 2013, a float-equipped Cessna 182T departed Cooking Lake (CEZ3), Alta., on a VFR flight plan for Vernon (CYVK), B.C. The flight plan included a one hr stop at Fortress Lake, slightly over half way along the route. At 13:14 PDT, Victoria joint rescue coordination centre (JRCC) received an ELT signal and a search party located the wreckage in the Alnus Creek valley about 8 NM NW of Fortress Lake. The pilot was deceased. There was no fire. The coroner’s office said it is not known why the pilot elected to fly up the Alnus Creek valley. No indications were found of power or control loss prior to impact. Physical evidence was consistent with high power setting upon contact with terrain. High altitude and high air temperatures resulted in high density altitude, factors known to degrade aircraft performance. This accident is consistent with other accidents the TSB has investigated where pilots have intentionally flown into rising terrain, and degraded aircraft performance resulted in the aircraft being unable to stay above the terrain. TSB File A13P0154.

The C182T was equipped with amphibious floats, a Garmin 1000 integrated flight instrument system, a SPOT tracker and a 406 MHz ELT. (Photo: Roger Cross)

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