Accident Synopses

Note: The following accident synopses are Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) Class 5 events, which occurred between November 1, 2012, and January 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 by the TSB since publication. For more information on any individual event, please contact the TSB.

— On November 6, 2012, the pilot of a Cessna 182C was returning to Alexandria, Ont., from a flight to Lachute, Que. During the approach to Alexandria Aerodrome (CNS4), the aircraft was high and subsequently landed long. The aircraft was unable to stop in the remaining distance and overran the runway into an adjacent ploughed field. The aircraft was substantially damaged; there were no injuries. TSB File A12O0189.

— On November 10, 2012, two privately registered aircraft, a Pitts Special and a Mooney M20R, collided while taxiing on the apron at Boundary Bay Airport (CZBB), B.C. After landing and exiting the active runway from Taxiway C, the Pitts was taxiing westbound on the apron. Due to the tail dragger configuration, the pilot was manoeuvring in an "S" style and following the yellow painted transit marker in order to view the direction of travel. The Mooney, piloted by an instructor and its student owner, was taxiing eastbound and following the same yellow painted transit marker in preparation for a training flight. The Mooney veered to the right to avoid a collision, but the pilot of the Pitts did not see the Mooney until impact. He indicated that the setting sun created a glare that may have inhibited his vision. There were no injuries but both aircraft were damaged. The Mooney’s left hand wing tip was chewed up by the Pitts’ propeller. TSB File A12P0193.

— On November 11, 2012, a Bellanca 7GCBC Citabria was departing on a pleasure flight from DeBolt Aerodrome (CFG4), Alta., to Peoria, Alta. During the takeoff roll, the pilot realized that the aircraft would not clear the fence across the end of the runway and aborted takeoff. The aircraft departed the end of the runway and slid into the fence. The aircraft sustained damage to the right horizontal stabilizer. There were no injuries. TSB File A12W0167.

— On November 13, 2012, the pilot of a Cessna 172S had departed Edmonton City Centre (CYXD), Alta., and was conducting touch-and-go landings at Warren Thomas Airport (CFB6) in Josephburg, Alta. During the takeoff roll, after the application of full power, the aircraft veered left with no response to brake application. The runway condition consisted of ice with some standing water off the centerline. The aircraft departed the left side of the runway into a snow bank and overturned. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but the pilot was not injured. TSB File A12W0170.

— On November 13, 2012, a Diamond DA20-A1 was taxiing for a night flight at Ottawa/McDonald Cartier International Airport (CYOW), Ont., when a propeller strike with two taxi light batons occurred. Both tips of the propeller were sheared off. There were no injuries. The engine (Bombardier Rotax 912 F3) gearbox was removed and sent for non-destructive inspection. TSB File A12O0199.

— On November 17, 2012, the student pilot of a Piper PA-28-140 was practicing solo touch-and-go landings on Runway 36 at Winnipeg/St. Andrews Airport (CYAV), Man. On the last touchdown, the pilot lost directional control of the aircraft on the snow covered surface of the runway. The aircraft departed the runway and struck an adjacent snow bank. The pilot was not injured, but the aircraft’s forward fuselage, propeller and nose wheel were substantially damaged. TSB File A12C0159.

— On November 18, 2012, an amateur-built Mosquito XE helicopter was above Lac Britannique, Que., and on final approach to land on private property when the aircraft hit the water. Glassy water conditions caused the pilot to misjudge his height. The pilot was alone on board and managed to evacuate the aircraft before being rescued by a local resident. The pilot was transported to hospital with minor injuries and hypothermia. The aircraft sank to the bottom of the lake. TSB File A12Q0196.

— On November 21, 2012, a DTA Combo 912S ultralight took off from St-Hyacinthe (CSU3), Que., in the morning. The aircraft was seen making several turns at low level before crashing in a field approximately 20 NM west of CSU3. The pilot was fatally injured. TSB File A12Q0200.

— On December 4, 2012, the pilot of a Mooney M20D was conducting touch-and-go landings on Runway 26 at Villeneuve (CZVL), Alta., when a landing was carried out with the landing gear up. The pilot attempted to power up as the aircraft sank; however, the belly was scraped and a propeller strike occurred. The pilot got airborne and circled for a normal landing with the gear down. There were no injuries to the pilot or the one passenger. TSB File A12W0183.

— On December 5, 2012, a privately operated Robinson R44 II helicopter crashed approximately 12.5 NM southwest of Slave Lake, Alta. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot was fatally injured. Substantial icing had occurred on both the main and tail rotors. TSB File A12W0184.

— On December 7, 2012, an amateur-built Pelican PL airplane was on a VFR flight from a private airport at Saint-François-de-Laval, Que. with one person on board. During the takeoff run, the aircraft went off course to the left and departed the grassy surface. The nose wheel sank into a ploughed field, and the aircraft flipped over about 20 m from the runway. The pilot was uninjured. The aircraft was substantially damaged but did not catch fire. TSB File A12Q0211.

— On December 11, 2012, a Christen Husky aircraft was on a VFR flight from Drummondville Airport (CSC3), Que. While the aircraft was in the area of Farnham, Que., the pilot chose to land in a ploughed field that he thought was frozen. When the wheels touched the ground, the aircraft flipped over on to its back. The two people on board were not injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged. TSB File A12Q0213.

— On December 16, 2012, an Aeronca 7AC on wheels, with only the pilot on board, was taxiing on Taxiway Charlie towards Runway 05 at Trois-Rivières Airport (CYRQ), Que. Just before the runway, the pilot lost directional control of the aircraft. The aircraft veered to the right and departed Taxiway Charlie before crossing a ditch and coming to a stop on its belly. The landing gear was torn off, and the propeller hit the ground several times. The pilot was not injured. At the time of the occurrence, the wind was blowing from the east-northeast at 10 to 23 kt. TSB File A12Q0214.

— On December 26, 2012, a Cessna 170A, with three people on board, was on a pleasure flight overflying a sector of Lac Croche and Lac des Chicots (near Sainte-Thècle), Que. While flying low and in a turn over Lac des Chicots, the aircraft stalled; it was substantially damaged when it collided with the lake’s frozen surface. The pilot was seriously injured. The two passengers sustained minor injuries. TSB File A12Q0220.

— On January 5, 2013, a Piper PA28-140 Cherokee was on a VFR flight in the area of Mascouche Airport (CSK3), Que. While the aircraft was on very short final for Runway 29, it hit a snow bank, pitched nose down and came to a stop on the runway. The two people on board were not injured. The aircraft’s nose wheel, propeller and engine were substantially damaged. TSB File A13Q0003.

— On January 9, 2013, a Bell 206B helicopter was tasked with picking up two hunters stranded on sea ice roughly 8 NM northeast of Arviat Airport (CYEK), Nun., and transporting them to Arviat. The helicopter landed approximately 200 ft away from the hunters. The pilot maintained approximately 60% torque to keep the helicopter light on the skids. As the pilot gestured to the hunters to approach the aircraft, the right skid broke through the ice. As the helicopter tilted to the right, the main rotor struck the ice. The helicopter began to sink and water entered the cockpit. The right front windscreen was partially dislodged, and the hunters helped extricate the pilot from the cockpit through the windscreen opening. Later, two rescuers parachuted to the site. All personnel were evacuated to Arviat by helicopter approximately 2.5 hr later and treated for hypothermia. The Bell 206B was substantially damaged. TSB File A13C0003.

— On January 14, 2013, a pilot instructor and an instrument flight training pilot were on board a Piper PA30. They were conducting an instrument landing system (ILS) approach on Runway 24 at Montréal/Mirabel (CYMX), Que., when the pilots saw that the landing gear had not deployed after the landing gear control lever had been lowered. The crew noted that the gear motor circuit breaker had popped. The circuit breaker was reset. The green light indicating that the landing gear was extended and locked still did not come on. A go-around was conducted and the aircraft headed towards Lachute Airport (CSE4), Que., where it is based. The procedure for manually extending the landing gear was attempted but unsuccessful. A low approach was conducted and ground staff were able to determine that the right wheel had not extended properly. The aircraft remained in flight until fire and ambulance services arrived on the scene. The aircraft conducted a visual approach for Runway 28. At about 3 mi. on final, the right engine propeller was feathered and placed in a horizontal position to limit damage to the right engine. The left engine was cut just before impact. During landing, the landing gear completely collapsed, and the aircraft came to a stop approximately 1 100 ft from the threshold of Runway 28, slightly to the left of the runway centreline. The aircraft’s two occupants evacuated and were not injured. The aircraft’s belly skin panels and left engine propeller were damaged. TSB File A13Q0009.

— On January 15, 2013, a twin-engine Piper PA-34-200 Seneca was damaged during landing on Runway 07 at Chilliwack Airport (CYCW), B.C. An instructor and a student were on a training flight during a planned full stop landing. Shortly after a hard landing, the pilot applied brakes and the left propeller struck the runway. The aircraft swerved to the left and came to a stop in grass about 30 ft off the runway, with a collapsed nose gear. Both propellers were bent and there was some damage to a wing. TSB File A13P0003.

— On January 24, 2013, a Van’s RV-9A took off on Runway 32 at Kitchener/Waterloo Airport (CYKF), Ont. On climb out, at approximately 150 ft AGL, the engine (AVCO LYCOMING O-235-N2C) began to lose power and it eventually quit. The pilot decided to turn around and attempt to land on the runway, but the aircraft quickly lost altitude and crashed on a taxiway. It skidded to a stop against the airport fence. Airport emergency services responded to the scene, but there was no fire and the pilot was not injured. The nose gear collapsed, and the propeller and left wing tip were damaged. This was a local flight conducted after minor maintenance was performed by the pilot. The aircraft was equipped with two tanks but only the right tank was selected and it was reported to be half full. There were no prior indications that the engine was not capable of producing full power. TSB File A13O0013.

— On January 29, 2013, a privately operated Piper Meridian PA46-500TP was on a VFR flight from La Crete (CFN5), Alta., to Three Hills (CEN3), Alta. On short final to Runway 29, the pilot lost visual reference to the runway due to blowing snow. The aircraft touched down approximately 100 ft short of the runway on an inclining slope. The PA46’s left wing struck a snow bank causing it to bend back along the fuselage. The aircraft came to rest near the left side of the runway threshold. The pilot and one passenger were not injured; however, a second passenger did sustain minor injuries. A considerable amount of fuel was spilled, but there was no post-impact fire. TSB File A13W0011.

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