Crash of a Conair Turbo Firecat in Générac: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 2, 2019 at 1730 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-ZBAA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Nîmes - Nîmes
MSN:
456
YOM:
1958
Flight number:
Pélican 22
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, departed Nîmes-Garons Airbase on a fire fighting mission near Générac, a village located about 6 km southwest of the airbase. While approaching the fire zone at low height, the twin engine airplane struck trees and crashed in a huge explosion. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and the pilot was killed. At the time of the accident, the visibility was reduced due to thick smoke.

Crash of a Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso A in Chiguayante: 3 killed

Date & Time: Apr 18, 1979 at 1520 LT
Registration:
CC-CDS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
CV-281
YOM:
1941
Flight number:
Canso 31
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a fire fighting mission under callsign 'Canso 31'. While approaching the fire zone at low height and ready to drop 5,000 liters of water, the airplane struck a pine tree with its left wing. Out of control, it crashed in a garden located in the district of Manquimávida, northeast of Chiguayante. Both pilots were killed instantly while the third occupant was seriously injured. He died while being transferred to the hospital.
Crew:
Carlos Paris Maldonado, pilot,
Rolf Taucher, copilot,
Jaime López Morales, observer.
Probable cause:
Poor judgement on part of the flying crew who failed to see and avoid obstacles while flying at low height.

Crash of a Grumman TS-2A Tracker in Laytonville: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 20, 1978 at 1746 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N448DF
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Ukiah - Ukiah
MSN:
179
YOM:
1957
Flight number:
Tanker 95
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
6273
Captain / Total hours on type:
1912.00
Circumstances:
While completing a low pass during a fire fighting mission, the airplane struck trees and crashed in flames. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
Collision with trees and subsequent crash during low pass after the pilot misjudged distance, speed and altitude. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Failed to maintain flying speed,
- High obstructions.
Final Report:

Crash of a Canadair CL-215-1A10 in Ioannina

Date & Time: Jul 18, 1978
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
1050
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Elefsis - Elefsis
MSN:
1050
YOM:
1978
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew departed Elesis Airbase in the day. En route, a fuel leak occurred and a fire erupted. The crew diverted to Ioannina Airport to attempt an emergency landing. The airplane landed safely and came to rest in flames. Both pilots escaped uninjured while the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
In-flight fire caused by a fuel leak.

Crash of a Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso near Snow Lake: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 21, 1978
Registration:
CF-NTL
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
CV-383
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was flying at low altitude while completing a firefighting mission when the right engine partially failed. The airplane lost height and crashed, killing both occupants.
Probable cause:
it is believed that the right engine malfunction was probably caused by a momentary fuel starvation due to an asymmetric fuel load.

Crash of a Grumman CS-2F-3 Tracker into Whitewater Lake

Date & Time: Sep 15, 1977
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
12179
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
North Bay - Winnipeg
MSN:
DH78
YOM:
1966
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route from North Bay to Winnipeg, the aircraft was ditched into Whitewater Lake, about 11 km northwest of Sudbury. All four crew members were injured and the aircraft was written off.

Crash of a Canadair CL-215-1A10 near Pontevedra: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 8, 1976 at 1800 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
UD.13-7
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Santiago de Compostela - Santiago de Compostela
MSN:
1035
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew departed Santiago de Compostela on a fire fighting mission in the region of Pontevedra. In unknown circumstances, the airplane crashed on the slope of Mt Xiabre and was destroyed. All three crew members were killed.

Crash of a Douglas A-26C Invader in Grand Junction: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 8, 1976 at 1618 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N3427G
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Grand Junction - Grand Junction
MSN:
28704
YOM:
1944
Flight number:
Tanker 59
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
4100
Captain / Total hours on type:
500.00
Circumstances:
While completing a fire fighting mission, the pilot made a steep turn when the airplane stalled and crashed in flames. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
Stall during a low pass following improper in-flight decisions. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Flew into blind canyon,
- Failed to maintain flying speed,
- High obstructions,
- High density altitude at 9,700 feet,
- Wind gusting to 25 knots,
- Stall during steep bank.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas A-26B Invader near Grand Junction: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jul 16, 1976 at 0850 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N5426E
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Grand Junction - Grand Junction
MSN:
27425
YOM:
1944
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
7000
Captain / Total hours on type:
200.00
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, departed Grand Junction Airport on a fire fighting mission. While turning to final approach for slurry drop, the twin engine airplane flew into a mountain slope and crashed. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain after the pilot failed to follow approved procedures. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Misjudged altitude and clearance,
- Jettisoned load.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver into Lake O'Keefe: 4 killed

Date & Time: Aug 7, 1975
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CF-BPA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Wabush - Wabush
MSN:
1612
YOM:
1965
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane departed Wabush on a forest fire patrol. In unknown circumstances, the airplane went out of control and crashed into Lake O'Keefe and sank by 80 feet of water. The wreckage was found few hours later about 60 km southwest of Wabush and all four occupants were killed, among them two government conservation officers working as forest rangers for the Newfoundland Department of Natural Resources.