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Crash of a BAe Jetstream 31 in Fort Saint John

Date & Time: Jan 9, 2007 at 1133 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FBIP
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Grande Prairie-Fort Saint John
MSN:
820
YOM:
1988
Flight number:
PEA905
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
13000
Captain / Total hours on type:
300.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
275
Copilot / Total hours on type:
20
Circumstances:
On final approach to runway 29 in bad weather conditions, the commuter hit approach lights and the right main landing gear was torn off. Few seconds later, the aircraft crashed short of runway and was damaged beyond repair. All 12 occupants were slightly injured. It seems that weather conditions deteriorated compare to the briefing before depature and gusty winds were encountered on the final portion of flight.

Crash of a Beechcraft A100 King Air in Grande Prairie

Date & Time: Apr 7, 2001 at 0512 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FWPN
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Fort Saint John – Grande Prairie
MSN:
B-51
YOM:
1970
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Fort Saint John, the crew started a night approach to Grande Prairie Airport. The aircraft landed slightly to the left of the runway centerline. After touchdown on a snow covered runway (about two inches of snow), the left wing struck a windrow of snow. Out of control, the aircraft veered off runway and came to rest in snow. All five occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Douglas B-26C-25-DT Invader in Grande Prairie

Date & Time: Jun 29, 2000 at 2219 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CF-EZX
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Loon River - La Biche Lake - Grand Prairie
MSN:
18807
YOM:
1943
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, departed Loon River Airport on a fire fighting mission to La Biche Lake under callsign Tanker 3. While returning to Grand Prairie Airport, on final approach to runway 25, both engines failed almost simultaneously. The pilot attempted an emergency landing when the aircraft crashed 3 km short of runway. The pilot was injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Double engine failure on final approach due to a fuel exhaustion.

Crash of a De Havilland L-20A Beaver in Nose Mountain: 3 killed

Date & Time: Oct 17, 1958
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
52-6070
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Grande Prairie – Edmonton
MSN:
425
YOM:
1952
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
On October 17, 1958 a Beaver belonging to the USAF took off from Grande Prairie, Alberta en route to Edmonton, AB., for a routine maintenance inspection. On board were Capt. William Varns, Capt. Walter Brown, Lt. Lawrence Anderson and Sgt. Jackie Herth from the 919th Squadron, Saskatoon Mountain Air Squadron, Beaverlodge, AB. Two hunters were reported missing in the area of Nose Mountain, south of Grande Prairie, and the flight was side-tracked to search for them. The hunters were spotted and the crew radioed that they were going down closer to enable them to drop a note to the hunters. That was the last word from them. A civilian plane with an USAF Sgt. aboard was dispatched from the Grande Prairie airport to search for the missing aircraft. They located it, but had no radio so had to return to Grande Prairie to report. Meanwhile a RCAF Search and Rescue aircraft from Namao, Alberta was dispatched. When they located the crash site, they radioed in the location and continued to circle until a RCAF helicopter from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, reached the site. The helicopter picked up the injured airmen and radioed back that “One of the chaps didn’t make it.” The injured were airlifted to Grande Prairie, AB., and transported by ambulance to the hospital in Beaverlodge. The hunters stayed at the crash site overnight and were airlifted out early the next day when the helicopter returned to fetch the body of Capt. William Varns. The two hunters were praised for their help in assisting the injured airmen. Airframe buried at crash site.
Source & photos: http://www.dhc-2.com/cn425.html