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C-GLKX, a Cessna 340A operated by Flex Air Services, was conducting a private flight from St. Thomas Muni, ON (CYQS) to Port Huron/St. Clair County Intl, MI (KPHN) with a single pilot on board.
The pilot reported a right engine (Teledyne Continental TSIO-520-NB) power loss before radio communications and radar contact were lost.
The wreckage of the aircraft was later found near a baseball field, in the vicinity of KPHN.
The pilot was fatally injured, and the aircraft was destroyed.
The NTSB is investigating (Ref: CEN18FA371).
C-FPOS, a privately registered Ayres S-2R agricultural aircraft, was on a local flight near Cupar, SK with only the pilot on board. After completing a pass over a wheat field, the aircraft was slow to respond to elevator input and collided with a tractor that was parked in the field. The aircraft struck the tractor with the right main landing gear, then landed under control in the field ahead. The aircraft came to a rest in an upright position. The pilot was not injured, however the aircraft sustained substantial damage. Reportedly, the aircraft flew next to a tree line and encountered some turbulent air.
C-GODA, a privately registered Cessna 180 aircraft, was conducting a flight from Toronto/Oshawa Executive, ON (CYOO) to Richmond Intl, VA (KRIC) with only the pilot on board. During the approach to KRIC, the aircraft encountered a fuel exhaustion situation and the engine stopped. During the forced landing to a baseball field short of Runway 20, the aircraft clipped power lines and collided with terrain.
The pilot was uninjured, however there was substantial damage to the aircraft’s right wing left struts and floats.
C-GFAJ, an Airbus 330-300 aircraft operated by Air Canada, was conducting flight ACA301 from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl, QC (CYUL) to Vancouver Intl, BC (CYVR) with 10 crew members and 291 passengers on board. During cruise flight at FL380 in the vicinity of Duluth Intl, MN (KDLH), the flight crew elected to divert to Winnipeg/James A. Richardson Intl, MB (CYWG) due to extremely high vibrations on the number one engine (Rolls Royce – UK RB211 Trent 772B-60). No emergency was declared, and the flight landed at CYWG without further incident.
The operator’s maintenance carried out fan lubrication and vibration survey tests.
The aircraft was returned to service.
N63886, a privately operated PA-23-250 aircraft, was taking off from Runway 06 at Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy, NS (CYQY) for a local flight. On departure, exhaust gas and cylinder head temperatures dropped suddenly on the number 4 cylinder of the number 2 engine. The pilot initiated a left turn to return to the airport and made a PAN PAN call. ATS suggested a landing on Runway 18, and the aircraft landed without further incident.
A post flight inspection revealed a broken engine ignition lead for the number 4 cylinder of the number 2 engine.
G-CLBA, a Boeing 747-400 aircraft operated by CargoLogicAir, was conducting flight CLU817 from Houston/George Bush Intercontinental, TX (KIAH) to Frankfurt/Rhein-Main, Germany (EDDF). Shortly after reaching cruising altitude out of KIAH, the flight crew received an ENG 2 FUEL FILT message. The checklist was executed, and the decision to continue to destination was taken. Approximately 630 nm East of Goose Bay, NL (CYYR), the flight crew received an ENG 1 FUEL FILT message. The flight crew decided to land at the nearest suitable airport, in accordance with the checklist. A PAN PAN was declared, and a diversion to CYYR was carried out without further incident.
The aircraft was returned to service following the testing and inspection of the related fuel systems, including the replacement of both number 1 and 2 engine fuel filters.
The privately registered Piper PA-31 aircraft (C-GTEW) with the pilot and a passenger on board was on approach to runway 34 at Midland / Huronia, ON (CYEE), and the landing gear had not been extended. Just prior to touchdown the pilot increased engine power and did not hear the landing gear unsafe horn until power was reduced just as the aircraft contacted the runway.
The aircraft landed gear up and slid to a stop.
Both occupants exited the aircraft and were not injured.
The aircraft was substantially damaged.
C-FDYF, a privately registered amateur-built Murphy Elite on amphibious floats, took off from Runway 25 at Vancouver / Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) for a local flight. The aircraft became airborne early and a gust of wind drifted the aircraft left until the left float contacted the ground.
The aircraft cartwheeled and came to rest to the left of the runway.
The pilot was not injured but the aircraft was substantially damaged.
C-FIVS, a Boeing 777-300 aircraft operated by Air Canada, was conducting flight ACA001 from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl, ON (CYYZ) to Tokyo/Haneda, Japan (RJTT) with 15 crew members and 365 passengers on board. During cruise flight approximately 1200 nm North East of RJTT, the flight crew noted a decreasing oil quantity on the number 2 engine (GE90-115B). The flight crew continued to monitor the indication and subsequently elected to shut the engine down while in Tokyo airspace. A MAYDAY was declared, and the aircraft landed without incident 35 minutes later on Runway 23. The aircraft stopped on the runway for inspection, and was authorized to taxi to the gate.
The operator’s maintenance found the oil pressure line from the fuel/oil heat exchanger to the number 4 bearing was leaking.
The line was replaced and the aircraft was returned to service.
C-GLML, a privately registered Cessna P210N aircraft operated by Superior Airways, was conducting a flight from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL). Prior to departing from CYQT, the fuel gauges indicated approximately 3/4 full for the planned 1 hour and 45 minute flight. While descending through 3500 feet ASL toward CYRL, the engine (Teledyne Continental TSIO-520-P) began to lose power. The engine indications were normal, but the fuel pressure was decreasing. The pilot switched fuel tanks, and turned the auxiliary fuel pump on. The pilot declared a Mayday and informed Kenora radio that it was not possible for the aircraft to reach CYRL, and an attempt would be made to land on a road. The right fuel tank indicated empty, and the pilot switched to the left tank which was indicating more fuel. The pilot changed throttle settings to no effect. When the approach to the road was assured, the pilot lowered the landing gear and selected flaps 10.
The forced landing was conducted successfully on a mine road. During the landing roll, the nose wheel contacted a speed bump, and the nose landing gear collapsed. The pilot and the passenger were uninjured. The aircraft sustained damage to the nose landing gear, propeller, engine, cowling, and right wing leading edge.
An inspection of the aircraft revealed that there was no fuel remaining on board, however the left fuel quantity gauge was still indicating 3/4. Testing of the left fuel tank quantity indication system revealed that, when the fuel quantity sender was moved between empty and full, the indicator moved between 3/4 and full.