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Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain in Thompson

Date & Time: Sep 15, 2015 at 1845 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C-FXLO
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Thompson – Winnipeg
MSN:
31-8052022
YOM:
1980
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Thompson Regional Airport, while climbing, the crew informed ATC about unexpected problems and attempted to return to his departure point. On approach, the twin engine aircraft crashed in a wooded area located 2 km south of the airport. All eight occupants were injured and evacuated to local hospital while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Beechcraft King Air A100 in Island Lake

Date & Time: Jan 16, 2009 at 2110 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-GNAA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Thompson - Island Lake
MSN:
B-24
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3200
Captain / Total hours on type:
500.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1200
Copilot / Total hours on type:
620
Circumstances:
The crew was on a re-positioning flight from Thompson to Island Lake, Manitoba. On arrival in the Island Lake area, the crew commenced an instrument approach to Runway 12. On the final approach segment, the aircraft descended below the minimum descent altitude and the crew initiated a missed approach. During the missed approach, the aircraft struck trees. The crew was able to return for a landing on Runway 12 at Island Lake without further incident. The two crew members were not injured; the aircraft sustained damage to its right wing and landing gear doors. The accident occurred during hours of darkness at approximately 2110 Central Standard Time.
Probable cause:
The crew conducted an Area Navigation (RNAV) approach for which they were not trained, with an aircraft that was not properly equipped nor approved for such purpose.
The aircraft descended 300 feet below the minimum descent altitude (MDA) as a result of a number of lapses, errors and adaptations which, when combined, resulted in the mismanaged approach.
The aural warning on the aircraft’s altitude alerter had been silenced prior to the approach, which precluded it from alerting the crew when the aircraft descended below minimum descent altitude.
The SkyNorth standard operating procedures for conducting a non-precision approach were not followed, which resulted in the aircraft descending below the minimum descent altitude. During the ensuing missed approach, the aircraft struck trees.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft King Air 100 in God's Lake Narrows

Date & Time: Nov 22, 2008 at 2140 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FSNA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Gods Lake Narrows - Thompson
MSN:
B-227
YOM:
1976
Flight number:
SNA683
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3200
Captain / Total hours on type:
1850.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1000
Copilot / Total hours on type:
500
Circumstances:
The Sky North Air Ltd. Beechcraft A100 (registration C-FSNA, serial number B-227) operating as SN683 departed Runway 32 at Gods Lake Narrows, Manitoba, for Thompson, Manitoba with two pilots, a flight nurse, and two patients on board. Shortly after takeoff, while in a climbing left turn, smoke and then fire emanated from the pedestal area in the cockpit. The crew continued the turn, intending to return to Runway 14 at Gods Lake Narrows. The aircraft contacted trees and came to rest in a wooded area about one-half nautical mile northwest of the airport. The accident occurred at 2140 central standard time. All five persons onboard evacuated the aircraft; two received minor injuries. At approximately 0250, the accident site was located and the occupants were evacuated. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post-crash fire. The emergency locator transmitter was consumed by the fire and whether or not it transmitted a signal is unknown.
Probable cause:
An electrical short circuit in the cockpit pedestal area produced flames and smoke, which induced the crew to take emergency action.
The detrimental effects of aging on the wires involved may have been a factor in this electrical arc event.
The crew elected to return to the airport at low level in an environment with inadequate visual references. As a result, control of the aircraft was lost at an altitude from which a recovery was not possible.
Final Report:

Crash of a Swearingen SA226T Merlin in Thompson: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jun 1, 1994 at 0001 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FFYC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Coral Harbour-Churchill-Thomson
MSN:
T26-36
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
20000
Captain / Total hours on type:
3160.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
3700
Copilot / Total hours on type:
375
Aircraft flight hours:
12633

Crash of a Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando near Thompson

Date & Time: Sep 29, 1977
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CF-CZH
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
22515
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Thompson Airport, the crew encountered engine problems and elected to return. The airplane lost speed and height and the crew was eventually forced to attempt an emergency landing. The airplane struck trees and crashed 24 km southeast of Thompson. Both pilots were rescued while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Engine problems of unknown origin.

Crash of a Bristol 170 Freighter 31E in Rankin Inlet: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 31, 1974
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CF-QWJ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Thompson - Rankin Inlet
MSN:
13078
YOM:
1951
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
On final approach to Rankin Inlet, while completing a cargo flight from Thompson, the airplane went out of control and crashed. Both pilots were killed.
Probable cause:
Loss of control on final caused by an engine failure.