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Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Victoria: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 9, 2019 at 2010 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N4602B
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Victoria – Houston
MSN:
208B-0140
YOM:
1988
Flight number:
MRA679
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane, en route to Houston-George W. Bush Intl Airport, crashed in unknown circumstances shortly after takeoff from Victoria Airport, Texas. The wreckage was found in a wooded area and the pilot, sole on board, was killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Vancouver: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 9, 2009 at 2208 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C-GNAF
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Vancouver – Nanaimo – Victoria – Vancouver
MSN:
31-8052130
YOM:
1980
Flight number:
APEX511
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
2300
Copilot / Total flying hours:
400
Circumstances:
The Canadian Air Charters Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain (registration C-GNAF, serial number 31-8052130) was operating under visual flight rules as APEX 511 on the final leg of a multi-leg cargo flight from Vancouver to Nanaimo and Victoria, British Columbia, with a return to Vancouver. The weather was visual meteorological conditions and the last 9 minutes of the flight took place during official darkness. The flight was third for landing and turned onto the final approach course 1.5 nautical miles behind and 700 feet below the flight path of a heavier Airbus A321, approaching Runway 26 Right at the Vancouver International Airport. At 2208, Pacific Daylight Time, the target for APEX 511 disappeared from tower radar. The aircraft impacted the ground in an industrial area of Richmond, British Columbia, 3 nautical miles short of the runway. There was a post-impact explosion and fire. The 2 crew members on board were fatally injured. There was property damage, but no injuries on the ground. The onboard emergency locator transmitter was destroyed in the accident and no signal was detected.
Probable cause:
APEX 511 turned onto the final approach course within the wake turbulence area behind and below the heavier aircraft (Airbus A321) and encountered its wake, resulting in an upset and loss of control at an altitude that precluded recovery. The proximity of the faster trailing traffic limited the space available for APEX 511 to join the final approach course, requiring APEX 511 not to lag too far behind the preceding aircraft.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Cheyenne in San Fernando: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 18, 2008 at 0557 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LV-MYX
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
San Fernando-Victoria
MSN:
31-7904045
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:

After departure, crew informed ATC about technical problem and elected to return to San Fernando airport. The twin engine aircraft crashed into a parking lot and burst into flames. Both occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 525 CJ1 in Washington

Date & Time: Jul 22, 2003 at 1015 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N996JR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Victoria-Boise
MSN:
525-0147
YOM:
1996
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
8500
Captain / Total hours on type:
2689.00
Aircraft flight hours:
590
Circumstances:

While flying at 16,000 fet, the pilot informed ATC about technical problem and tried to divert to the closest airport. Eventually, he took the decision to ditch the aircraft in ocean. Both occupants escaped without serious injuries. The aircraft sunk.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter in Vancouver

Date & Time: Nov 1, 2000 at 1510 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C-GGAW
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Vancouver-Victoria
MSN:
086
YOM:
1967
Flight number:
8O151
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
15
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
4000
Captain / Total hours on type:
2500.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2000
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1650

Crash of a Douglas DC-3 in Mayne Island: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 13, 1999 at 0633 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-GWUG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Vancouver-Victoria
MSN:
16215/32963
YOM:
1945
Flight number:
KFA301
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
18000
Captain / Total hours on type:
9500.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
9000
Copilot / Total hours on type:
430
Aircraft flight hours:
20123

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Victoria: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 23, 1998 at 0030 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N9352B
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Vancouver-Victoria
MSN:
208-0061
YOM:
1987
Flight number:
RXX434
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
1653
Captain / Total hours on type:
400.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
120
Aircraft flight hours:
6717

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo in Castlegar: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 3, 1985
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
C-GZTD
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Victoria – Castlegar
MSN:
31-202
YOM:
1968
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, was completing a positioning flight from Victoria to Castlegar-West Kootenay Airport. On final, the twin engine airplane struck trees and crashed in a wooded area located on Mt Sentinel, few km from the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was killed.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 200 off Vancouver: 11 killed

Date & Time: Sep 3, 1978 at 1742 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C-FAIV
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Victoria - Vancouver
MSN:
215
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Captain / Total flying hours:
6000
Captain / Total hours on type:
3600.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
450
Circumstances:
Twin Otter C-FAIV, operating as a scheduled VFR flight, departed Victoria Harbour at 1718LT with Vancouver Harbour water-aerodrome as destination. The estimated time en route was 20 minutes. The flight proceeded normally and reported by Active Pass at 2,000 feet. This altitude was maintained in order to cross the Vancouver Control Zone in accordance with standard procedure; once out of the control zone, a slow descent was begun towards Vancouver Harbour. Normal radio procedures were followed as the flight reported by standard visual reporting points. Just before joining final approach, the transmission, "AIV, Third Beach", was made and landing clearance was given to the flight by the Harbour Tower. The approach continued, and when the aircraft reached approximately 175 feet above the surface, nine ground witnesses heard a loud noise from the aircraft. Two surviving witnesses also heard a noise. Power was subsequently applied and C-FAIV yawed left, rolled in the same direction and plunged into the harbour in a left-wing and nose-down attitude, 2 500 feet from the intended landing area. An ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) tone was heard by the tower controller 54 seconds after the radio call at Third Beach. The controller called the aircraft several times but there was no response. The flight had been of 24 minutes duration. Both pilots and nine passengers were killed while two others were injured. The aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
The following findings were determined:
- The final approach to land was normal until an unusual noise occurred followed by loss of control,
- The aircraft dived into the water with left wing down, nose down and with some sideslip. Value of roll, pitch and yaw, at impact could not be estimated with useful accuracy,
- At impact, the complete left flap system was in the retracted position,
- The inboard span-wise push-pull flap control rod (inboard bell-crank to inboard rod, PT # C6CW-1029-1), was severely stress-corroded and had at least three longitudinal cracks; the rod had separated from its inboard fitting,
- It was deduced t h a t t h e in-flight failure of the left-hand inboard flap control rod led to sudden retraction of the complete left-hand flap system and sudden loss of control.
- The passengers had not been briefed in evacuation procedures,
- The crew was qualified for the type of operation in accordance with Transport Canada regulations. After the failure of the left flap control rod, no action by the pilot could have averted the accident.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 100 off Victoria

Date & Time: Dec 16, 1976
Operator:
Registration:
C-FAJB
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Vancouver - Victoria
MSN:
19
YOM:
1966
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Approaching Victoria on a flight from Coal Harbour in Vancouver, the crew encountered limited visibility due to foggy conditions. The seaplane landed hard, causing both floats to be damaged. All 16 occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft sank in the Juan de Fuca Strait, by a depth of 300 feet, about 4 miles south of Victoria Harbour.