Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo near Schefferville: 2 killed

Date & Time: Apr 30, 2017 at 2015 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FQQB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Schefferville - Schefferville
MSN:
31-310
YOM:
1968
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was flying over the territory bordering the Caniapiscau River on a geological mission on behalf of Geo Data Solution (GDS), a subcontractor of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Canada, looking for metals in the soils. Following an uneventful flight, the crew was returning to Schefferville Airport when the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in a snow covered field located north of the city. The wreckage was found few hours later and both occupants were killed. According to preliminary report, the left engine hit power cables that were found twisted around the left propeller.

Crash of a Piper PA-31P Navajo in Colombia: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 4, 2014 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C-GSVM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Bucaramanga - Bucaramanga
MSN:
31-109
YOM:
1968
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Crew was engaged in a geodesic work mission over the Coromoro Region, Colombia. In flight, while cruising in poor weather conditions, aircraft hit a mountain slope at an altitude of some 4,500 meters and was destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire. Debris were found a day later some 50 miles south of Bucaramanga and both occupants (Peter Moore, co-founder of Oracle Geoscience International and Neville Ribeiro, pilot) were killed.

Crash of a Douglas C-47-DL near Manidar: 3 killed

Date & Time: Oct 23, 1977
Operator:
Registration:
C-FSAW
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
4644
YOM:
1942
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a geo-survey mission, searching for uranium. While cruising in a valley, the crew encountered limited visibility with low clouds when, facing a mountain, the pilot-in-command made a 180 turn. The aircraft struck the mountain and crashed. The airplane was destroyed and all three occupants were killed.

Crash of an Antonov AN-2 near Susuman: 3 killed

Date & Time: Aug 11, 1977 at 1040 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-98368
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Susuman - Susuman
MSN:
1 107 473 01
YOM:
1958
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Aircraft flight hours:
12026
Aircraft flight cycles:
8863
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Susuman Airfield at 0826LT on a prospecting mission on behalf of the 22nd Geophysical NPN Group based in Seymchan. It was carrying three crew members and three operators of the NPN Group. While cruising in a valley at an altitude of 800 meters, the airplane struck power cables (it cut three cables), went out of control and crashed in flames 375 meters further. All three crew members were seriously injured and all three passengers were killed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the crew failed to follow the minimum prescribed altitude during the mission and failed to see and avoid the cables that were located about 50 meters above the ground. A poor flight planning and the fact that the mission was not well organized by the geophysical company were considered as contributing factors.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver in Springbok: 3 killed

Date & Time: Mar 30, 1977
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-CMI
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
1418
YOM:
1960
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in a rocky and mountainous area located near Springbok. All three occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 402B in Mwanza

Date & Time: Sep 16, 1976
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
5Y-ATM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
402B-0445
YOM:
1973
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in Mwanza. There were no casualties but the aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.

Crash of a Lockheed P2V-5FS Neptune on Mt Barnard: 11 killed

Date & Time: Sep 15, 1976 at 1245 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
0644
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Rio Grande - Rio Grande
MSN:
426-5416
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
The crew departed Río Grande-Almirante Hermes José Quijada Airport in the morning on a glaciology exploration mission over Antarctica. While flying in relative good weather conditions, the airplane struck the slope of Mt Barnard located on the Livingston Island. Communication was lost with the crew at 1245LT and SAR operations were immediately initiated. The wreckage was located eight days later, on September 25. All 11 occupants were killed. The aircraft had a dual registration 0644 and 2-P-103.
Crew:
Lt Miguel Berraz, pilot,
Cpt Arnaldo Mutto, copilot,
Lt Claudio Cabut,
Lt Romualdo Migliardo, flight engineer,
2nd Lt Nelson Villagra,
Cpl Jesus Arroyo,
Sgt Juan Noto,
Cpl Benjamin Scesa, radio operator,
Cpl Omar Campastri,
Sgt Remberto Brizuela.
Passenger:
Rodolfo Rivarola, Director of Canal 13 Television in Río Grande.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of an Antonov AN-2 on Mt Yamantau: 6 killed

Date & Time: Sep 15, 1975 at 0758 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-35501
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Beloretsk - Beloretsk
MSN:
113947307
YOM:
1960
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Aircraft flight hours:
17095
Circumstances:
The crew departed Beloretsk at 0709LT on a prospection mission in the region of Inzer on behalf of a logging program for the Ural Geological Administration, carrying three passengers and three crew members. At 0730LT, the crew informed ATC about his position and that he would start soon the aerial work. While cruising in clouds (400 to 600 meters above the ground), the airplane crashed on the east slope of Mt Yamantau (976 meters high) located 35 km east of Inzer. As the contact was interrupted with the crew and that the airplane failed to return to its base, SAR operations were initiated and the burned wreckage was found two days later about 70 meters below the summit of the mountain. All six occupants have been killed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the accident was the consequence of a loss of control in altitude after the airplane encountered orographic currents specific to the terrain of Mt Yamantau. Despite a reaction from the crew who increased the engine power, he was unable to maintain a suitable control of the airplane.

Crash of an Ilyushin II-14M near Bagdarin: 11 killed

Date & Time: Aug 9, 1975 at 1027 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-52056
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Chita - Bagdarin
MSN:
7 34 28 04
YOM:
1957
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Aircraft flight hours:
16396
Aircraft flight cycles:
9689
Circumstances:
The airplane was engaged in a special mission on behalf of the Voyekova Geophysical Observatory, carrying a crew of five and six passengers, among them three employees of the observatory. Following a successfully mission consisting of thunderstorm observation, the crew was approaching Bagdarin when he encountered poor weather conditions with low clouds and heavy rain falls. While descending to an altitude of 600 meters in clouds, the airplane struck tree tops, stalled and crashed in flames in a wooded area located on the slope of a mountain (827 meters high), about 28 km from the Bagdarin Airport. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 11 occupants have been killed.
Probable cause:
Poor approach planning on part of the crew who failed to follow the approved procedures and adopted a wrong approach configuration, causing the aircraft to descend to an unsafe altitude over mountainous area and in poor weather conditions. The lack of visibility due to clouds and rain was considered as a contributing factor as well as a poor ATC assistance.

Crash of an Antonov AN-2T in Pevek

Date & Time: Sep 28, 1974
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-02153
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
112047308
YOM:
1959
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Pevek Airport, while climbing, the engine failed. The airplane stalled and crashed in flames in an open field. There were no casualties but the aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.
Probable cause:
Engine failure during initial climb for unknown reason.