Date & Time: Aug 23, 2015 at 1340 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C-FKRJ
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Site:
Plain
Schedule:
Lac Long - Lac Long
MSN:
1210
YOM:
1956
Country:
Canada
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
5
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
6
Captain / Total flying hours:
6000
Aircraft flight hours:
25000
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft left Lac Long (Long Lake) located near Tadoussac for a sightseeing tour of 20 minutes. For unknown reason, control was lost and the Beaver crashed in a mountainous and wooded area located 6 km north of Les Bergeronnes. It was later confirmed that none of the six occupants survived. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were good with excellent visibility and no wind. While the pilot logged more than 6,000 flying hours and was with Air Saguenay since more than 14 years, the aircraft had about 25,000 flying hours.
Causes:
Findings as to causes and contributing factors:
- The pilot performed manoeuvres with a reduced safety margin at low altitudes. As a result, these flights involved a level of risk that was unnecessary to attain the objectives of sightseeing flights.
- With no restrictions on manoeuvres and no minimum altitude prescribed by the company prior to flight, the pilot flew according to his own limits and made a steep turn at approximately 110 feet above ground level.
- When the pilot made a steep left turn, aerodynamic stalling ensued, causing an incipient spin at an altitude insufficient to allow control of the aircraft to be regained prior to vertical collision with the terrain.
- The absence of an angle-of-attack indicator system and an impending stall warning device deprived the pilot of the last line of defence against loss of control of the aircraft.
Final Report: