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C-GBHO, an Airbus 319-114 was operating as Air Canada rouge flight ROU1857 from Los Angeles Intl (KLAX) to McCarran Intl, Las Vegas (KLAS). After takeoff, upon the GEAR UP selection, the flight crew received indications of the green hydraulic system failure, and the gear did not retract as commanded. The flight crew executed the applicable QRH drills, confirmed the gear was down and locked, and declared a PAN PAN before returning to KLAX where a full stop landing was completed with ARFF on standby. ARFF conducted external visual inspection and noted no apparent fluid leaks, however the gear doors were open. The aircraft taxiied under its own power to the gate uneventfully.
C-GWRJ, a Thrush Aircraft Inc. S2R-H80 aircraft operated by Prairie Dusters, was engaged in agricultural aerial application 6 nm southwest of Russell, MB (CJW5). The pilot was performing east west pattern swath runs, and noticed that the winds and gusts had increased in strength since takeoff from CJW5. The pilot elected to return to CJW5 and wait for more favourable conditions. During the flight back to CJW5, the winds and gusts increased in strength, and were from the west. The pilot considered diverting to Shoal Lake, MB (CKL5) for a more favourable runway, but decided to evaluate the rapidly changing wind conditions while attempting to land at CJW5. The touchdown on Runway 17 was made on one wheel initially, with a crosswind from the right. As the tail settled, the aircraft began to ground loop into the wind. The pilot attempted to control the aircraft with the brakes and added power in an attempt to abort the landing. Then the aircraft swung back to the left. As the aircraft was about to become airborne, the wheels contacted the surface of a slough. The aircraft came to rest inverted in a few feet of water. The pilot was submerged to chest level but was able to release the 5-point harness. With assistance from a pilot who had witnessed the crash, the pilot was able to release the emergency-exit latch and make an underwater egress from the aircraft. The pilot suffered minor injuries and the aircraft sustained substantial damage. The pilot had utilized a 5-point harness and was wearing a helmet.
C-FWEW, a Bombardier DHC-8-402 operated by WestJet Encore as flight WEN3214, was
conducting an IFR flight from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson Intl., MB (CYWG), Thunder
Bay, ON (CYQT). In the vicinity of the QT NDB, while the aircraft was on final approach to Runway
07 at CYQT, a passenger observed a UAV approximately 100 feet from the aircraft. No information
was available as to the precise location and altitude of the occurrence.
C-GBPT, a Cessna 172N aircraft operated by Langley Flying School, was conducting touch and go takeoffs and landings at Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB). During the third and final touch and go on Runway 25 (which had a displaced threshold due to runway maintenance activities), a construction worker had a push broom removed from his hands shortly after the aircraft had flown overhead. The construction worker notified the airport operations manager (who was at the construction site) that a yellow string which he thought was trailing behind the aircraft, had entangled around his broom and subsequently removed the broom from his grasp. The broom traveled a short distance from the worker, got trapped beneath one of the construction vehicles, and broke free from the string. The airport operations manager called the tower and described what had happened. The tower attempted to contact the aircraft, however it had already departed the control zone on its way back to Langley Regional, BC (CYNJ). During cruise flight to CYNJ, the student pilot noticed an orange string going over the left wing’s leading edge and the left main landing gear. The instructor then looked behind the aircraft and noticed a long string attached to a stick, trailing approximately 200 feet behind the aircraft. The instructor contacted CYNJ ATC and advised them of the situation. A low pass was conducted at CYNJ where ATC confirmed that an object was trailing behind the aircraft. The aircraft landed on Runway 19 without further incident and stopped at the end of the runway. The instructor removed more than 200 feet of string, which was entangled between the left aileron and flap, and wrapped around the left main landing gear. The aircraft was removed from service pending further inspection for damage.
C-FFCE, a privately operated Aerospatiale AS 355 F2 helicopter, was on a local flight from Langley Regional, BC (CYNJ) to the Pitt Lake, BC area with the pilot and one passenger on board. The aircraft was landing on a forestry road and, as the aircraft touched down, the pilot lost control. The rotor blades contacted the ground and the aircraft rolled onto its side. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries and were able to egress the helicopter. The helicopter was substantially damaged.
C-GHPR, a Cessna A188B aircraft operated by Air Greenway Ltd., was engaged in fungicide application 0.7 nm W of St. Alphonse, MB. During a spray run, the engine (Teledyne Continental
Motors, IO-520-D) lost power. The pilot jettisoned the load and conducted a forced approach and landing on a grid road. During the landing, the main landing gear contacted a ditch and the aircraft came to rest on the roadway. The pilot received minor injuries.
The aircraft sustained damage to the landing gear, tail, fuselage, left wing, and spray-boom.
The Air Tindi Ltd de Havilland DHC-7-103, C-FWZV, was operating as flight TIN802 from Diavik, NT (CDK2) to Yellowknife, NT (CYZF). While on final approach to Runway 10 in CYZF the crew selected landing gear down and the nose gear unsafe light remained illuminated. The crew cycled the landing gear but the condition persisted. The crew then declared an emergency and conducted a low approach and requested ATC to visually inspect the gear. ATC told the crew that the gear appeared to be down but could not verify. The crew maneuvered west of the airport to reference the appropriate check list and consult with company operations. The crew then conducted another low approach and company maintenance visually confirmed the gear was down. The aircraft landed safely at CYZF with ARFF in attendance. Subsequent inspection by company maintenance found the nose gear downlock micro switch actuating lever was missing. The micro switch actuating lever was replaced and the aircraft was returned to service. The company has inspected the remainder of its fleet, but have found no other aircraft with this fault.
C-FCSP, a Cessna 172S aircraft operated by Pacific Sky Aviation, was returning to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) from the Cowichan Lake flight training area with one student pilot on-board. During the approach to land at CYYJ, ATC requested the pilot increase their approach speed. During the landing flare, the aircraft porpoised, and the touchdown was hard. The pilot taxied the aircraft to the Pacific Sky Aviation Hanger.
Subsequent inspection revealed that the aircraft had sustained substantial damage including both propeller ends being bent, the nose wheel damaged and the bottom of the aircraft rippled.
N991BW, a privately operated amateur built Glasair Sportsman 2+2 aircraft, was conducting a local flight from Langley, BC (CYNJ). While in the Glen Valley training area the pilot observed an unusual noise coming from the engine (Aerosport IO375). The pilot elected to return to CYNJ. During the approach to CYNJ the pilot requested priority from ATC for landing on runway 25. Shortly after priority was given the aircraft experienced a reduction in power. The pilot made an emergency landing in a rhubarb field approximately 3.5 nm NE of CYNJ. Just after initial touch down the aircraft nosed over in the soft field. The aircraft came to rest inverted. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries, the aircraft was substantially damaged.
C-GFRU a Cessna 172 aircraft operated by the Truro Flying Club was conducting continuous circuits at the Debert airport, NS (CCQ3) by a solo student pilot. On one landing the aircraft porpoised and the propeller struck the runway. The student shut down on the runway and the aircraft was towed to the hangar. There were no injuries, the engine will be inspected and the propeller replaced.