Accident Synopses

Note: All aviation accidents are investigated by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). Each occurrence is assigned a level, from 1 to 5, which indicates the depth of investigation. Class 5 investigations consist of data collection pertaining to occurrences that do not meet the criteria of classes 1 through 4, and will be recorded for possible safety analysis, statistical reporting, or archival purposes. The narratives below, which occurred occurred between February 1, 2007, and April 30, 2007, are all “Class 5,” and are unlikely to be followed by a TSB Final Report.

- On February 1, 2007, a Boeing 737-700 aircraft had just completed the pushback from Gate 5 at Kelowna, B.C., for a flight to Victoria, B.C. During the turn out of the gate area, the crew felt a small shimmy. While taxiing to Runway 16, the crew was informed by the lead flight attendant that a passenger reported that the wingtip of the aircraft had contacted the tail of a Regional Jet (RJ) parked at the adjacent gate. The tower confirmed the wing tip contact and the aircraft returned to the gate. The RJ had arrived from Edmonton, Alta., and was about to disembark passengers. The 737 sustained a scratch to a winglet. The horizontal tail of the RJ was substantially damaged. TSB File A07P0038.

- On February 10, 2007, a student pilot had returned in a Diamond DA 20-C1 from a VFR cross-country night flight, landing on Runway 29 at Moncton, N.B. The aircraft was instructed to exit the runway at Taxiway Bravo with no delay, due to a CRJ on a three-mile final. The aircraft subsequently exited the taxiway and collided with a snowbank west of Taxiway Bravo, south of Runway 29. The CRJ was instructed to go around for landing on Runway 24. There was substantial damage to the nose wheel and right gear assemblies. TSB File A07A0020.

- On February 10, 2007, the pilot of a privately-operated MD600N helicopter was approaching the landing pad in front of a hangar after a local flight inspecting construction projects. At about 150 ft above ground level (AGL), and slowing through about 40 kt as the pilot started to arrest his descent, the helicopter suddenly started to rotate to the right and the cyclic began to move to the left. Control was not regained before the main rotor blades and the nose of the helicopter contacted a steel post that supported the windsock. The pilot, the sole person on board, received minor injuries, and the helicopter was substantially damaged. Two ground witnesses confirmed that the helicopter appeared to be on a normal approach until it suddenly began spinning to the right and continued spinning until it descended out of sight below trees. TSB File A07W0032.

- On February 11, 2007, a privately-operated Robinson R44 II helicopter was conducting a recreational flight approximately 12 NM north of Vegreville, Alta. The pilot entered a hover into wind at approximately 100 ft above ground level (AGL). The pilot then turned to the right and experienced a rotation to the right. When application of full left pedal did not stop the rotation, the pilot commenced an autorotation. The helicopter landed hard, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and two passengers were able to egress on their own with minor injuries. Two TSB investigators attended the accident site and did not observe any issues with the powerplant or dynamic system that would have contributed to the uncontrolled rotation. The weather at the time of the occurrence was described as clear, winds out of the northeast at approximately 12–15 kt and temperature -18°C. TSB File A07W0034.

- On February 17, 2007, a Quad City Challenger II advanced ultralight departed Corman Air Park near Saskatoon, Sask., on a local recreational flight with a pilot and passenger on board. On return to the airport, the pilot was unable to move the throttle cable and could not reduce engine power from the cruise power setting. On short final to Runway 27, the pilot shut the engine down and the ultralight touched down about 10 ft short of the runway. The left main landing gear and nose gear collapsed and the aircraft slid to a stop on its belly. TSB File A07C0033.

- On February 25, 2007, a Piper Aztec PA23-250 was conducting a recreational flight with the pilot and three passengers on board. The aircraft was about to land at a fly-inat Lac William, Que., when, during the flare, the nose wheel struck the snowbank before the runway, and collapsed. The aircraft continued the run on its nose, and came to a stop at the end of the runway. The pilot and passengers were not injured. The two propellers and the landing gear were damaged. TSB File A07Q0045.

- On March 5, 2007, a Robinson R22 helicopter, with an instructor and a student-pilot on board, was hover taxiing over a snow-covered field north of Mascouche, Que., when one of the skids touched the ground, followed by a dynamic roll-over. Neither of the two occupants was injured. The aircraft sustained major damage. TSB File A07Q0050.

- On March 7, 2007, a DHC-3 float-equipped Otter aircraft landed on the water at Masset, B.C., after a flight from Eden Lake, B.C. The pilot turned into the channel to taxi to the seaplane base. The wind was from the south-southeast at 30 kt and gusty. When partially turned crosswind, using power, the tail suddenly lifted and the left wing and propeller struck the water. The aircraft righted itself and the engine remained running. The aircraft was towed to the seaplane dock by a fishing vessel. The pilot, the sole occupant was not injured. The aircraft sustained substantial engine damage. TSB File A07P0064.

- On March 12, 2007, a ski- and wheel-equipped Sky Raider advanced ultralight took off from Qualicum Beach, B.C., for Beadnell Lake, B.C., where the pilot intended to land on the snow-covered, frozen lake surface. On arrival at destination, the pilot made several circuits, inspecting the lake surface and evaluating the local conditions. The lake is surrounded on three sides by mountain peaks, oriented north/south with a length of about 4 500 ft. Although the wind was very light from the south, the pilot decided to land to the north. As the pilot turned from base to final, in close proximity to a mountain peak, he encountered a strong downdraft. He was unable to arrest the ultralight’s descent, and made a hard landing on the lake surface, causing substantial damage. The pilot was not injured. TSB File A07P0070.

- On March 13, 2007, a Cessna U206E commenced a takeoff on Runway 02 at Matheson Island, Man., with the pilot and one passenger on board. During the take-off roll, the pilot’s seat slid back and the pilot lost directional control of the aircraft. The aircraft veered off the left side of the runway and collided with a snowbank. Both occupants evacuated the aircraft without injury. The aircraft was substantially damaged. An inspection of the pilot’s seat following the occurrence, revealed that the seat stop was located at the aft most position on the rail and that the seat had not slid off the seat rails. It was later learned that the seat was not properly engaged on takeoff and the seat slid back two settings. The seat locking pins engaged further down the seat rail, preventing the seat from sliding completely back. The seat rails were new and the seat locking pins were serviceable. TSB File A07C0048.

- On March 25, 2007, during takeoff from Runway 32 at Gods Lake Narrows, Man., the crew of a Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II aircraft had difficulty raising the nose of the aircraft. The aircraft overran the runway and struck a snowbank with the right main landing gear as the aircraft was becoming airborne. The drag braces on the right main landing gear were broken and hydraulic lines were ruptured, causing a complete loss of hydraulic pressure. The aircraft diverted to Thompson, Man., where the crew conducted a flapless landing with the left main gear and nose gear in the down and locked position. The right main gear collapsed as the weight came on it, and the aircraft slid to a stop off the right side, close to the end of Runway 23. Emergency response vehicles attended the scene and the passengers were deplaned through the left overwing emergency exit. TSB File A07C0055.

- On March 28, 2007, a Pilatus PC12 was en route from Thompson, Man., to Tadoule Lake, Man. Local weather was reported as wind 160° at 11 kt with a 1 200-ft ceiling and reduced visibility in snow showers. The runway conditions were reported as 90 percent snow-covered, with recent wet snow and rain. The temperature had dropped before and after the occurrence. After visually acquiring the airport, the crew conducted a circling approach to Runway 07 and touched down approximately one-third to halfway down the 3 200-ft runway. Upon touchdown, the crew encountered poor braking conditions and used full brake and reverse thrust. The aircraft began to fishtail and the crew could not stop the aircraft. The aircraft eventually overran the end of the runway, damaging the propeller and breaking off the nose landing gear fork. The crew and seven passengers exited the aircraft uninjured. TSB File A07C0058.

- On March 28, 2007, the pilot of a Cessna 177RG was on a local flight from the Abbotsford, B.C., airport when he noted a sudden decrease in airspeed and increase in ambient noise. He checked an outside mirror and noted that the main landing gear was partially deployed and hanging at an approximate 45° angle. He attempted to deploy the gear fully, using the alternate system. This attempt was unsuccessful. The pilot then returned to Abbotsford, requested emergency response services (ERS) presence, completed a fly-by, and then landed gear-up on Runway 19. There were no injuries. TSB File A07P0086.

- On March 30, 2007, a Cessna 172N was on the final leg of a student solo cross-country training flight. While en route, at about 1 000 ft above ground level (AGL), the student-pilot observed birds at a lower altitude. The student descended and circled the birds to continue observing them, and about five minutes later continued the flight at a lower en-route altitude. A short time later, the student saw a power line at eye level, and descended to fly under the wire. The aircraft struck and broke the wire, sustaining substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder. The student was not injured, and continued the flight to Steinbach, Man., and landed without further incident. TSB File A07C0061.

Birdwatching under the wrong circumstances almost cost this student pilot his life
Birdwatching under the wrong circumstances almost cost this student pilot his life

- On April 4, 2007, the pilot of a Bell 206L-1 helicopter was working in support of a hydro repair operation in the Prince Rupert, B.C., area. The pilot was asked to reposition the helicopter to the other side of the power lines, which was not the normal or routine side of the power lines from which the pilot was used to working. Thus on takeoff, the pilot flew up into the lines, and severely damaged the aircraft. There were no injuries. TSB File A07P0093.

- On April 4, 2007, a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan had completed loading cargo and was taxiing to the runway, when it struck a parked forklift on the ramp at Yellowknife, N.W.T. Damage was sustained to the leading edge horn of the left horizontal stabilizer. The lower skin and end cap of the elevator were also cut and deformed. TSB File A07W0068.

- On April 20, 2007, the left engine of a float-equipped Beechcraft D18S lost fuel pressure and power immediately after lift-off on departure from Jackson Bay, B.C. The aircraft yawed to the left, and when it touched down, the floats broke off. The pilot and all six passengers escaped with six life jackets, and held on to one float, which remained afloat. The aircraft sank within one minute. They were rescued in about half an hour. One passenger got a minor injury and they all suffered some levels of hypothermia. TSB File A07P0113.

- On April 21, 2007, a privately-owned Cessna 150J was departing a grass runway at Courtland, Ont. Shortly after lift-off, the engine momentarily lost power and the aircraft settled back onto the runway. The takeoff was continued; however, the aircraft settled back onto the runway once again. The aircraft became airborne for a third time; however, there was insufficient altitude to clear the trees located at the end of the runway. The aircraft collided with the trees and incurred substantial damage; the pilot was seriously injured. TSB investigators were deployed to the site. TSB File A07O0101.

- On April 24, 2007, a student and instructor were the sole occupants of a Cessna 150, and were conducting night circuits on Runway 09 at the Debert, N.S., airport. After several circuits, the aircraft had just touched down when the instructor noticed a deer on the runway. The instructor then attempted to manoeuvre the aircraft away from the deer; however, the left horizontal stabilizer struck the animal, causing the empennage to partially detach from the remainder of the aircraft. There were no injuries to the occupants. There is no perimeter fence around the Debert airport to prevent animals from wandering onto the field. TSB File A07A0042.

- On April 26, 2007, a Bell 212 helicopter was landing at Prince George, B.C., when the No. 1 engine suffered an uncontained failure. Engine components were ejected out of the exhaust system and struck the main rotor as well as tail rotor components. The aircraft landed safely. There were no injuries. TSB File A07P0123.

- On April 29, 2007, a privately-owned, amateur-built Jodel D11-2 was on a sightseeing trip from Hinton, Alta., toward Buck Lake, Alta. As the flight left the main valley, a snow squall was encountered. The pilot turned back; however, the snow had overtaken the main valley also. Icing had developed on the aircraft and the pilot elected a forced landing into the trees before a complete loss of control occurred. The aircraft was substantially damaged on impact and there was no post-impact fire. Both occupants walked away from the site uninjured. TSB File A07W0077.

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