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Crash of a Socata TBM-910 in Westlock

Date & Time: Oct 10, 2021 at 1110 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
C-FFYM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Calgary - Westlock
MSN:
1190
YOM:
2017
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane departed Calgary-Springbank Airport on a private flight to Westlock, carrying three passengers and one pilot. Upon landing, the aircraft went out of control and came to rest upside down. All four occupants were injured, one seriously.

Crash of a Cessna 340A in Ponoka

Date & Time: Nov 13, 2018 at 1815 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-GMLS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
340A-0771
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On approach to Ponoka-Labrie Field, the pilot encountered technical problems with the autopilot and decided to make a go-around. While in the circuit pattern, the autopilot failed to disconnect properly so the pilot attempted an emergency landing in a field. The airplane belly landed then contacted trees. Upon impact, the tail was torn off and the aircraft came to rest. The pilot was seriously injured.

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

Date & Time: Aug 1, 2018 at 1330 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FNCI
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Penticton - Calgary
MSN:
31-8112007
YOM:
1981
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Penticton Airport on a survey flight to Calgary. En route, in unknown circumstances, it struck the rocky slope of a mountain located in the Rae Glacier, near Kananaskis. Both occupants, a pilot and a technician, were killed.

Crash of a Convair CV-580 in Manning

Date & Time: May 5, 2016 at 1611 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FEKF
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Manning - Manning
MSN:
80
YOM:
1953
Flight number:
Tanker 45
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft was engaged in a fire fighting mission over the Fort McMurray area as 'Tanker 45'. Following an uneventful mission, the crew returned to Manning Airport. After landing on runway 25, the aircraft suffered directional control problems and veered off runway to the right. It collided with a drainage ditch, lost its nose gear and came to rest in a grassy area. The propeller separated from the right engine while the propeller on the left engine was bent. The fuselage broke in two just behind the cockpit area. Both pilots evacuated with minor injuries.

Crash of a Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian in Three Hills

Date & Time: Jan 29, 2013 at 0915 LT
Registration:
C-GMHP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
La Crete - Three Hills
MSN:
46-97332
YOM:
2008
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On approach to Three Hills Airport, the pilot encountered poor weather conditions. Too low, the single engine airplane struck the ground, lost its left wing and came to rest in a snow covered field. All three occupants were rescued, among them a passenger was slightly injured. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian in La Crete: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 17, 2012 at 1810 LT
Registration:
C-GWEI
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
High Level – La Crete
MSN:
46-97351
YOM:
2008
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
While descending to La Crete Airport, the pilot encountered foggy conditions and the visibility dropped to 100 metres. By night, the single engine aircraft descended too low, impacted ground and crashed in a snow covered field located few km northeast of the airport. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the pilot continued the descent under VFR mode in IMC conditions, resulting in a controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of a Cessna 560 Citation V in Edmonton

Date & Time: Oct 30, 2012 at 0633 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FBCW
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Edmonton - Edmonton
MSN:
560-0191
YOM:
1992
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Edmonton-City Centre Airport in the early morning on a positioning flight to Edmonton-Intl, carrying two pilots. En route, the crew encountered IMC conditions with moderate icing and the deicing systems were activated. For unknown reasons, the aircraft landed hard on runway 02, causing the right main gear to collapse. The aircraft veered off runway to the right and came to rest in a grassy area. Both pilots escaped with minor injuries and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Beechcraft 100 King Air in Kirby Lake: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 25, 2010 at 1120 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FAFD
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Calgary - Edmonton - Kirby Lake
MSN:
B-42
YOM:
1970
Flight number:
KBA103
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The aircraft was on an instrument flight rules flight from the Edmonton City Centre Airport to Kirby Lake, Alberta. At approximately 1114 Mountain Daylight Time, during the approach to Runway 08 at the Kirby Lake Airport, the aircraft struck the ground, 174 feet short of the threshold. The aircraft bounced and came to rest off the edge of the runway. There were 2 flight crew members and 8 passengers on board. The captain sustained fatal injuries. Four occupants, including the co-pilot, sustained serious injuries. The 5 remaining passengers received minor injuries. The aircraft was substantially damaged. A small, post-impact, electrical fire in the cockpit was extinguished by survivors and first responders. The emergency locator transmitter was activated on impact. All passengers were BP employees.
Probable cause:
Findings as to Causes and Contributing Factors:
1. The conduct of the flight crew members during the instrument approach prevented them from effectively monitoring the performance of the aircraft.
2. During the descent below the minimum descent altitude, the airspeed reduced to a point where the aircraft experienced an aerodynamic stall and loss of control. There was insufficient altitude to effect recovery prior to ground impact.
3. For unknown reasons, the stall warning horn did not activate; this may have provided the crew with an opportunity to avoid the impending stall.
Findings as to Risk:
1. The use of company standard weights and a non-current aircraft weight and balance report resulted in the flight departing at an inaccurate weight. This could result in a performance regime that may not be anticipated by the pilot.
2. Flying an instrument approach using a navigational display that is outside the normal scan of the pilot increases the workload during a critical phase of flight.
3. Flying an abbreviated approach profile without applying the proper transition altitudes increases the risk of controlled flight into obstacles or terrain.
4. Not applying cold temperature correction values to the approach altitudes decreases the built-in obstacle clearance parameters of an instrument approach.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II in Foremost

Date & Time: Apr 25, 2008 at 1430 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FRJE
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
31-7820002
YOM:
1978
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft made a wheels-up landing at Foremost Airport. The pilot, sole on board, was uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. For unknown reasons, the landing gear had not been extended on approach.

Crash of a Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage near Wainwright: 5 killed

Date & Time: Mar 28, 2008 at 0811 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C-FKKH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Edmonton – Winnipeg
MSN:
46-22092
YOM:
1989
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The privately operated Piper PA-46-350P Jetprop DLX (registration C-FKKH, serial number 4622092) had departed from Edmonton, Alberta, at about 0733 mountain daylight time en route to Winnipeg, Manitoba, on an instrument flight rules flight plan. Shortly after the aircraft levelled off at its cleared altitude of flight level (FL) 270, the aircraft was observed on radar climbing through FL 274. When contacted by the controller, the pilot reported autopilot and gyro/horizon problems and difficulty maintaining altitude. Subsequently, he transmitted that his gyro/horizon had toppled and could no longer be relied upon for controlling the aircraft. The aircraft was observed on radar to make several heading and altitude changes, before commencing a right turn and a steep descent, after which the radar target was lost. An emergency locator transmitter signal was received by the Lloydminster, Alberta, Flight Service Station for about 1 ½ minutes before it stopped. The wreckage was found by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police about 16 nautical miles northeast of Wainwright at about 1205. None of the five people on board survived.
Probable cause:
Findings as to Causes and Contributing Factors:
1. The gyro/horizon failed due to excessive wear on bearings and other components, resulting from a lack of maintenance and due to a vacuum system that was possibly not at minimum operating requirements for the instrument.
2. The gyro/horizon was reinstalled into the aircraft to complete the occurrence flight without the benefit of the recommended overhaul.
3. The autopilot became unusable when the attitude information from the gyro/horizon was disrupted.
4. The pilot had not practised partial panel instrument flying for a number of years, was not able to transition to a partial panel situation, and lost control of the aircraft while flying in instrument meteorological conditions.
5. The aircraft was loaded in excess of its certified gross weight and had a centre of gravity (C of G) that exceeded its aft limit. These two factors made the aircraft more difficult to handle due to an increase of the aircraft’s pitch control sensitivity and a reduction of longitudinal stability.
6. The structural limitations of the aircraft were exceeded during the uncontrolled descent; this resulted in the in-flight breakup.
7. There were a number of deficiencies with the company’s safety management system (SMS), in which the hazards should have been identified and the associated risks mitigated.
8. The company did not conduct an annual risk assessment as required by its SMS; this increased the risk that a hazard could go undetected.
9. The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) audit did not identify the risks in the company’s operations.
Findings as to Risk:
1. Lack of adequate instrument redundancy increases the risk of loss of control in single-pilot instrument flight rules (IFR) aircraft operations.
2. The pilot did not reduce his airspeed while attempting to maintain control of the aircraft; a lower speed would have allowed a greater margin to maximum operating speed (Vmo) while manoeuvring.
3. There were no quick-donning oxygen masks on board and the pilot was not wearing an oxygen mask at the time of the occurrence, as required by regulation.
4. If effective oversight of private operator certificate (POC) holders is not exercised by the regulator or its delegated organization, there is an increased risk that safety deficiencies will not be identified and properly addressed.
Other Finding:
1. The approved maintenance organization (AMO) that was maintaining the aircraft did not have the approval to maintain PA-46 turbine aircraft.
Final Report: