Crash of a Beechcraft 200 Super King Air in Gillam

Date & Time: Apr 24, 2019 at 1900 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C-FRMV
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Winnipeg - Churchill
MSN:
BB-979
YOM:
1982
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane was on its way from Winnipeg to Churchill, carrying two paramedics and two pilots on an ambulance flight. While passing over Gillam, the crew encountered an unexpected situation, declared an emergency and diverted to Gillam Airport. On final approach, the airplane struck the icy surface of Stephens Lake. While contacting the shore, both main gears were torn off and the airplane came to a rest near the runway threshold. All four occupants were evacuated safely.

Crash of a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle III in Catawba: 6 killed

Date & Time: Jul 1, 2017 at 0153 LT
Registration:
N2655B
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Waukegan – Winnipeg
MSN:
421C-0698
YOM:
1979
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Captain / Total flying hours:
2335
Captain / Total hours on type:
70.00
Circumstances:
The commercial pilot of the multi-engine airplane was conducting an instrument flight rules cross-country flight at night. The pilot checked in with air traffic control at a cruise altitude about 10,000 ft mean sea level (msl). About 31 minutes later, the pilot reported that he saw lightning off the airplane's left wing. The controller advised the pilot that the weather appeared to be about 35 to 40 miles away and that the airplane should be well clear of it. The pilot responded to the controller that he had onboard weather radar and agreed that they would fly clear of the weather. There were no further communications from the pilot. About 4 minutes later, radar information showed the airplane at 10,400 ft msl. About 1 minute later, radar showed the airplane in a descending right turn at 9,400 ft. Radar contact was lost shortly thereafter. The distribution of the wreckage, which was scattered in an area with about a 1/4-mile radius, was consistent with an in-flight breakup. The left horizontal stabilizer and significant portions of both left and right elevators and their respective trim tabs were not found. Of the available components for examination, no pre-impact airframe structural anomalies were found. Examination of the engines and turbochargers did not reveal any pre-impact anomalies. Examination of the propellers showed evidence of rotation at impact and no pre-impact anomalies. Review of weather information indicated that no convection or thunderstorms were coincident with or near the airplane's route of flight, and the nearest convective activity was located about 25 miles west of the accident site. Autopsy and toxicology testing revealed no evidence of pilot impairment or incapacitation. Given the lack of radar information after the airplane passed through 9,400 ft, it is likely that it entered a rapid descent during which it exceeded its design stress limitations, which resulted in the in-flight breakup; however, based on the available information, the event that precipitated the descent and loss of control could not be determined.
Probable cause:
A loss of control and subsequent in-flight breakup for reasons that could not be determined
based on the available information.
Final Report:

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 Swearingen SA227AC Metro III in Sanikiluaq: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 22, 2012 at 1813 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-GFWX
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Winnipeg - Sanikiluaq
MSN:
AC-650B
YOM:
1986
Flight number:
PAG671
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Crew was performing a flight from Winnipeg to Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, on behalf of Keewatin Air. On final approach to runway 27 in poor weather conditions, pilot decided to make a go around. On the second attempt, aircraft hit the ground 150 to 200 meters short of runway and came to rest in snow. A young child aged six months was killed in the accident as all other occupants were injured. Aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Snow Lake: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 18, 2012 at 1005 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
C-GAGP
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Snow Lake - Winnipeg
MSN:
208-1213
YOM:
2006
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Few minutes after take off from Snow lake Airport, bound to Winnipeg in poor weather conditions, aircraft crashed in the bush two km from Snow Lake. The pilot, aged 40, was killed, while all eight passengers, local minors, were seriously injured. Aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain in North Spirit Lake: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jan 10, 2012 at 0957 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C-GOSU
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Winnipeg - North Spirit Lake
MSN:
31-7752148
YOM:
1977
Flight number:
KEE213
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
2400
Captain / Total hours on type:
95.00
Circumstances:
The Piper PA31-350 Navajo Chieftain (registration C-GOSU, serial number 31-7752148), operating as Keystone Air Service Limited Flight 213, departed Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, Manitoba, enroute to North Spirit Lake, Ontario, with 1 pilot and 4 passengers on board. At 0957 Central Standard Time, on approach to Runway 13 at North Spirit Lake, the aircraft struck the frozen lake surface 1.1 nautical miles from the threshold of Runway 13. The pilot and 3 passengers sustained fatal injuries. One passenger sustained serious injuries. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post-impact fire. After a short period of operation, the emergency locator transmitter stopped transmitting when the antenna wire was consumed by the fire.
Probable cause:
Findings as to causes and contributing factors:
1. The pilot's decision to conduct an approach to an aerodrome not serviced by an instrument flight rules approach in adverse weather conditions was likely the result of the pilot's inexperience, and may have been influenced by the pilot's desire to successfully complete the flight.
2. The pilot's decision to descend into cloud and continue in icing conditions was likely the result of inadequate awareness of the Piper PA31-350 aircraft's performance in icing conditions and of its de-icing capabilities.
3. While waiting for the runway to be cleared of snow, the aircraft held near North Spirit Lake (CKQ3) in icing conditions. The resulting ice accumulation on the aircraft's critical surfaces would have led to an increase in the aircraft's aerodynamic drag and stall speed, causing the aircraft to stall during final approach at an altitude from which recovery was not possible.
Findings as to risk:
1. Terminology contained in aircraft flight manuals and regulatory material regarding “known icing conditions,” “light to moderate icing conditions,” “flight in,” and “flight into” is inconsistent, and this inconsistency increases the risk of confusion as to the aircraft’s certification and capability in icing conditions.
2. If confusion and uncertainty exist as to the aircraft’s certification and capability in icing conditions, then there is increased risk that flights will dispatch into icing conditions that exceed the capability of the aircraft.
3. The lack of procedures and tools to assist pilots in the decision to self-dispatch leaves them at increased risk of dispatching into conditions beyond the capability of the aircraft.
4. When management involvement in the dispatch process results in pilots feeling pressure to complete flights in challenging conditions, there is increased risk that pilots may attempt flights beyond their competence.
5. Under current regulations, Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) 703 and 704 operators are not required to provide training in crew resource management / pilot decision-making or threat- and error-management. A breakdown in crew resource management / pilot decision-making may result in an increased risk when pilots are faced with adverse weather conditions.
6. Descending below the area minimum altitude while in instrument meteorological conditions without a published approach procedure increases the risk of collision with terrain.
7. If onboard flight recorders are not available to an investigation, this unavailability may preclude the identification and communication of safety deficiencies to advance transportation safety.
Final Report:

Crash of a Swearingen SA226AC Metro II in Norway House

Date & Time: Nov 8, 2006 at 0834 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FTNV
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Winnipeg-Norway House
MSN:
TC-239E
YOM:
1977
Flight number:
PAG105
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
6000
Captain / Total hours on type:
4500.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
4000
Copilot / Total hours on type:
15
Circumstances:
On landing, the aircraft veered off runway 05/23 and the left undercarriage was torn off while hitting rocky terrain. The left and nose gear collapsed. Nobody was hurt but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Winnipeg: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 6, 2005 at 0542 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FEXS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Winnipeg-Thunder Bay
MSN:
208-0542
YOM:
1996
Flight number:
FDX8060
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
4570
Captain / Total hours on type:
1500.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6724
Circumstances:
After takeoff from runway 36 at 0537LT, the pilot was cleared to climb to 9,000 feet. Few minutes later, the pilot reported icing conditions and obtainted the permission to return to airport. The single engine aircraft impacted on railroad tracks about 3 miles southeast of the airport. The pilot, was killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Winnipeg: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 11, 2002 at 0920 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C-GPOW
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lac Gunisao-Winnipeg
MSN:
31-7305093
YOM:
1973
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
3000

Crash of a Cessna 500 Citation in Rawlins

Date & Time: Jul 24, 1998 at 2208 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FSKC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Winnipeg-Rawlins-Santa Ana
MSN:
500-0018
YOM:
1972
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5750
Captain / Total hours on type:
1000.00
Aircraft flight hours:
11163