Date & Time: Apr 23, 2007 at 1421 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain
Landing (descent or approach)
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The pilot and the passenger, a photographer, left Vancouver at 0911LT with 5.5 hours of fuel to conduct a VFR aerial photographic flight in the Arrow Lakes area. At 1420LT, the aircraft entered the circuit at Revelstoke airport to refuel and to allow the photographer to change camera film. The pilot reportedly selected the landing gear down as the aircraft turned base and heard the gear clunk into position. When the aircraft turned final however, the red in-transit light was illuminated and the nose gear was not visible in the mirror. The pilot selected the gear lever up and down a couple of times but the gear did not extend. When the pilot advanced the throttles to conduct an overshoot, both engines surged and sputtered. The pilot retarded the throttles and conducted a gear-up landing in a grassy area off the end of runway 30. During the landing, the dry 8-inch high grass caught fire; the pilot and the photographer escaped from the aircraft but the aircraft was destroyed by ground fire.