North-Wright Airways – Pilatus PC-6/B-H2 Turbo Porter – Snow Landing Mishap


C-GAAP, a Pilatus PC-6/B-H2 Turbo Porter ski equipped aircraft operated by North-Wright Airways, was conducting a wildlife survey out of Ulukhaktok/Holman, NT (CYHI). After almost 3 hours of flying, it was decided to land on the snow to provide a pause for the observers. The pilot selected an appropriate area for a remote site landing in Minto Inlet, approximately 70 nm North of CYHI, and commenced the approach.

Shortly after touchdown, the aircraft contacted a snow drift and the right landing gear leg collapsed. The right wing, strut and propeller were also damaged.

There was 1 pilot and 6 observers on board, and no one was injured.