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The American Airlines Boeing 787-800, N814AA, was operating as flight AAL263 operating from Dallas-Fort Worth Int’l, TX (KDFW) to Beijing / Capital, China (ZBAA). During cruise flight, approximately 200 nm East of Fond-du-Lac, SK., the flight crew declared a passenger medical emergency and that AAL263 was diverting to Edmonton Int’l, AB (CYEG). On approach to CYEG, AAL263 experienced flap and slat issues and the flight crew declared an emergency.
As the aircraft was above the maximum landing weight, the flight crew entered a hold to burn fuel. While assessing the technical issue, the flight crew elected to divert to Calgary Int’l, AB (CYYC) due to the availability of a longer runway.
Upon landing, the flight crew reported nose landing gear steering issues. AAL263 stopped on the runway and was met by ARFF. The aircraft was towed from the runway.
C-FUJA, an Embraer ERJ170 aircraft operated by Sky Regional Airlines, was conducting flight SKV7548 from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl, ON (CYYZ) to Atlanta/Hartsfield-Jackson Intl, GA (KATL) with 4 crew members and 69 passengers on board. As the aircraft was descending through 3500 feet ASL during the approach to Runway 27L at KATL, the flight crew heard a bang. Shortly after, the EICAS displayed an APPR 2 NOT AVAILABLE message and thrust started to increase. The autopilot was disconnected, and thrust was reduced manually to the correct setting.
After confirming what the problem was and cross-checking parameters, the flight crew transferred control to the left side (ADS1), re-selected the APPR mode, AP on, and the aircraft proceeded to a stable approach for a landing on Runway 27L without further incident.
During the post-landing inspection, a dent and remains of a bird were found on the right side of the nose, forward of the ADS probes. There were also debris in the ADSP4 probe. After following the manufacturer’s repair procedures, the aircraft was returned to service.
CN-RNT, a Boeing 767-300 aircraft operated by Royal Air Maroc, was conducting flight RAM208 from Casablanca/Mohammed V Intl, Morocco (GMMN) to Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl, QC (CYUL). As the aircraft went through 22 000 feet during the descent for CYUL, the flight crew declared an emergency due to an engine power loss. The aircraft landed on Runway 24R without further incident.
C-FNJD, a Cessna 152 aircraft operated by Canadian Flight Center, was conducting flight training circuits at Kamloops, BC (CYKA) with 1 pilot on board.
During a touch-and-go, the aircraft veered to the left and exited the runway into the grass.
After the excursion, the pilot taxied back onto the runway, followed Taxiway B off the runway, and immediately went to the parking area without assistance and under its own power. There was no damage to the aircraft or to the aerodrome. There were no injuries or fire.
The pilot reported that it was possible the feet were on the brakes during the landing, which caused control issues upon contact with the runway surface.
N265WA, a privately operated CubCrafters CC11-160 aircraft, was conducting a VFR flight itinerary from Beaver Creek, YT (CYXQ) to Watson Lake, YT (CYQH) with one pilot and one passenger on board. The aircraft completed an uneventful landing at CYQH and during rollout, the pilot was unable to maintain directional control.
The left brake was ineffective, and the aircraft experienced a ground loop. The right wing contacted the ground and received substantial damage. The two occupants received no injuries.
A post-accident inspection found the left brake line leaking at the brake caliper
C-IMTN, a privately operated CLASS BushCaddy R-80 Basic Ultra-light aircraft, departed from South Cariboo/108 Mile, BC (CZML) on a local VFR flight with 2 persons on board. Approximately 25 minutes after the departure, the pilot observed the engine (Subaru series) oil pressure and electrical voltage indications fluctuating.
The pilot and the passenger, who was also a pilot, elected to shut the engine down and performed a forced landing in a field along the VFR route, 30 nm South East of Williams Lake, BC (CYWL).
The field turned out to be saturated with water, causing the tailwheel aircraft to come to an abrupt stop, and overturned. Both occupants were wearing a four point seat restraint
system, and were not injured. However, the aircraft received substantial damage.
Reportedly, the alternator belt had recently been replaced. The RCMP and Air Traffic Area ControlCenter Shift Manager were advised.
C-GAQN, a DHC-8-311 operating as North Cariboo Air flight NCB5109, was in cruise en route from Christina Lake, AB (CCL3) to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) when the left main landing gear aft door opened fully. The flight crew received a gear door light indication and a landing gear INOP caution light. The crew diverted to Vancouver, BC (CYVR), declared a PAN PAN PAN, and requested emergency services stand by. The landing gear was extended manually and the aircraft landed at CYVR without further incident.
Company maintenance inspected the aircraft, swung the gear, and performed a test flight with no faults found.
The Proximity Switch Electronics Unit (PSEU, p/n 8-586-01) was replaced as a precautionary measure.
N2578C, a privately operated Cessna 170B, was on a VFR flight from Manning, AB (CFX4), to Fort
Nelson, BC (CYYE) with two crew members and one passenger on board. The aircraft successfully
touched down on Runway 22 in CYYE but on the landing roll out, control of the aircraft was lost
and the aircraft performed a ground loop.
There were no injures and the aircraft taxied clear of the
There was substantial damage to the outer portion of the left wing, and minor damage to
the left elevator and left main wheel assembly.
C-GEWR, a Bombardier DHC-8-400 aircraft operated by WestJet Encore, was conducting flight WEN3351 from Calgary Intl, AB (CYYC) for Edmonton Intl, AB (CYEG).
Shortly after the departure from CYYC, the flight crew reported that the nose landing gear would not retract.
The flight continued to CYEG and, on initial descent, the flight crew requested ARFF to be standing by for the landing as a precaution. The flight landed without further incident, and the landing gear was inspected prior to taxiing to the gate.
The operator’s maintenance found the landing gear locked sensors out of rig and loose. They were rigged as required and the aircraft was returned to service.
C-FNHT, a privately registered Cessna 172B aircraft, was en route from Birch Hills, SK (CJD3) to Tisdale, SK (CJY3). Prior to arriving at CJY3, the pilot attempted to land in a pasture, approximately 15 nm North East of the airport.
During the landing roll, a gust of wind caught the right wing tip and the aircraft ground looped. Control could not be regained, the aircraft veered to the left and collided with trees at the end of the pasture.
The pilot was not injured, however the aircraft sustained substantial damage.