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TC Says Feces Didn't Come From Planes
TC Says Feces Didn’t Come From Planes
Transport Canada says whatever fell on the cars and property of 18 people in southern B.C over the last month didn’t come from airplanes. Those who have had far-too-personal experiences ...
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Volunteers Resume Plane Search
Volunteers Resume Plane Search
The families of a missing Alberta couple are resuming the search for them and their Mooney aircraft seven months after the aircraft is believed to have gone down in the ...
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TC Probes Toilet Waste Incidents
TC Probes Toilet Waste Incidents
Transport Canada is investigating a spate of incidents in which it’s believed toilet waste has leaked from aircraft onto people and property below in B.C. So far, there have been ...
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Featured Videos

T-33 Flight

In 1956, the T-33 was a frontline aircraft for the RCAF and the discovery of a wing from a T-Bird that crashed in 1956 prompted a search for videos on ...
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Canada’s ‘Craziest’ Helicopter Pilot?

Vancouver-area pilot Brad Friesen is making a name for himself on YouTube with his helicopter flight videos ...
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Electric Aviation

James Douma, of Pitt Meadows, B.C., is one of the first North Americans to put an electric aircraft into regular service. He spoke with Canadian Aviator’s Russ Niles for this ...
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CL-415 In Action

There are lots of good videos of the big amphib putting out forest fires but we like this one from the busy fire year of 2012 in Spain ...
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Super Sealane

A Super Sealane 182 burned at Cooking Lake Airport last Monday. Canadian Aviator Publisher Russ Niles flew with the developer of the aircraft Jim Schwerman to Airventure in 2014 ...
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Snowbirds From Above

Here's a perspective of the Snowbirds most people don't get to see. This was shot over Tofino during a media flight in late April. Watch for the twinkling lights ...
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Recent Incidents


N2AA, a privately owned Lancair Legacy amateur built aircraft, was flying VFR from Maniwaki, QC (CYMW) to Ottawa / Carp, ON (CYRP) with 1 pilot and 1 passenger on board. During the takeoff run from CYMW, the aircraft was slow to respond and the pilot made the decision to abort the take-off. Following the intensive braking due to a downhill slope, the aircraft stopped at the end runway.
While taxiing back to the beginning of the runway , the pilot found that the aircraft was pulling left and the brakes were no longer working. The aircraft went off the runway and stopped in the ditch on the side of the runway, damaging the blade tips of the propeller. The pilot discovered that the tires were on fire and immediately extinguished the fire with the on-board fire extinguisher.
There were no injuries.


C-GNWI, a Cessna 208 aircraft operated by Northway Aviation, had departed Little Grand Rapids, MB (CZGR) for Winnipeg/St. Andrews, MB (CYAV). Upon touchdown on Runway 18 at CYAV, the brakes failed and the aircraft veered left onto the grass adjacent to the runway. There was no damage as a result of the runway excursion, and no injuries. The runway was closed for approximately 20 minutes while the aircraft was towed to the operator’s hangar.

The operator’s maintenance conducted a subsequent inspection and found that the brake bleeder screws were loose. The brake bleeder screws were tightened, the brake system was checked serviceable and the aircraft was returned to service.


C-GSQQ, a privately operated Lancair IVP aircraft, was conducting a flight from Fort Myers/Buckingham Field, FL (FL59) to Sebring Regional, FL (KSEF) with one pilot and 3 passengers on board. The pilot-in-command reported that, after an uneventful landing on Runway 01 at KSEF, the aircraft continued to the end of the runway, and then turned left onto Taxiway A4. At that time, the pilot noticed a Boeing B737, which was facing to the south, with the left engine cowling removed.
The pilot did not notice any indication that either engines were operating, so the pilot proceeded in a westerly direction with no aileron control input.
Suddenly, the left wing lifted up and the right wing contacted the ground. The airplane cartwheeled and came to rest in grass, upright, at the north edge of the taxiway, facing north. The nose landing gear fork and wheel assembly separated.
Reportedly at the time, the B737 was performing engine(s) run(s). The NTSB is investigating (ERA18LA117).

C-GWJT, a Boeing 737-700 aircraft operated by WestJet, was conducting flight WJA113 from Calgary Intl, AB (CYYC) to Vancouver Intl, BC (CYVR) with 56 passengers and 5 crew members on board. During the initial climb through 10 000 feet after the departure from CYYC, the flight crew received an aft cargo fire warning. The QRH was executed, an emergency was declared and a return to CYYC was requested.
After the landing, ARFF inspected the aft cargo hold and found evidence of fire in a passenger baggage.
The TSB Edmonton office has deployed two investigators to CYYC.


C-FNOE, a Boeing 787-9 aircraft operated by Air Canada, was conducting flight ACA043 from New Delhi/Indira Gandhi Intl, India (VIDP) to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl, ON (CYYZ) with 14 crew members and 297 passengers on board.

During cruise flight, the aircraft experienced a number 1 engine (GE GENX-1B74/75/P2) flame out. The flight crew successfully conducted an engine restart, declared an emergency and diverted to Moscow/Domodedovo Intl, Russia (UUDD) where it landed without further incident.

The Aircraft Incident Investigation Division within the Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA) is not conducting an ICAO Annex 13 investigation about this incident. The operator’s maintenance found a loose connector at the Fuel Metering Unit (FMU).

The connector was tightened and an engine run was performed. No further faults were found. The aircraft was returned to service



C-FEKR, a privately registered Cessna 140 aircraft, departed from Deep River/Rolph, ON (CPH2)
for a local flight. The aircraft was approximately 5 nm East of CPH2 when the engine (Teledyne
Continental C-90-14F) began to lose power, and subsequently completely stopped.

The pilot elected to ditch the aircraft into the river. The aircraft came to rest in about 8 feet of water and sustained substantial damage.

The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured.


C-GWQH, a privately registered Cessna A150L aircraft, was on a VFR flight from Ottawa/Carp, ON (CYRP) to North Bay, ON (CYYB) with 2 persons on board. As the aircraft was flying at an altitude of 4500 feet ASL over a remote area of Algonquin Park, ON, the engine (Teledyne Continental O200-A) partially lost power. Subsequently, the engine completely stopped. The pilot declared MAYDAY and then executed a forced landing in a marshy area. During the touchdown, the nose wheel dug into soft ground and the aircraft nosed-over.

The aircraft came to rest inverted and was substantially damaged.

The pilot and the passenger received minor injuries. A search and rescue aircraft was dispatched from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Trenton, ON and rescued the occupants.


C-GKQE, a Bombardier DHC-8-402 aircraft operated by Porter Airlines, was conducting flight POE388 from Chicago/Midway Intl, IL (KMDW) to Toronto/Billy Bishop Toronto City, ON (CYTZ) with 4 crew members and 41 passengers on board. During the approach into CYTZ, the flight crew noted that the number 2 hydraulic system quantity was indicating 25%. When the landing gear was selected down, the system dropped lower to 20%. The flight crew informed ATC to check the runway for hydraulic fluid after the aircraft lands.

During the landing rollout, numerous caution lights associated with the hydraulic system illuminated. The aircraft was taxied clear of the runway and both engines were shut down. ARFF met the aircraft and confirmed hydraulic fluid leaking from the nose landing gear area.

The aircraft was then towed to the gate. The operator’s maintenance found a flexible hydraulic line leaking on the nose landing gear.


C-GYZK, a float-equipped Cessna 180K aircraft operated by Georgian Bay Airways, was taking off from Parry Sound Harbor, ON (CPS1) with one pilot and three passengers for a sightseeing tour. During the take-off run, the aircraft veered left and the left wing struck a harbor marker.

The takeoff was aborted, however the left wing was substantially damaged.

There were no injuries to the occupants.


C-GKDX, an L-23 Super Blanik glider operated by Edmonton Soaring Club, was doing a solo training flight at Chipman, AB (CFU3). Since the aircraft was high on the downwind leg, the student-pilot activated the spoilers to assist the descent. However, the aircraft remained above the desired approach path throughout the approach, leading to a landing that was well above optimal landing speed.

The aircraft touched down well down the runway, rolled off the end through a ditch, then over a road and finally came to rest in a field. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

The pilot was uninjured.


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