Aviation Investigation A17C0132

Runway excursion

The occurrence

On 2 November 2017, a Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III aircraft was conducting a repositioning flight from Gods River, MB (CZGI) to Thompson, MB (CYTH). Approximately 40 nm southeast of CYTH, the crew advised air traffic control of a low oil pressure indication on the left engine and that the engine may need to be shutdown. Upon landing in Thompson with both engines operating, the aircraft veered to the right and exited the runway. The pilot and co-pilot were taken to hospital with minor injuries. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. The TSB is investigating.

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Photo of Eckhard Dittbrenner

Eckhard Dittbrenner has more than 35 years of civil aviation experience and joined the TSB in 1999. Prior to joining the TSB, he worked as an aircraft technician for a commuter airline and worked for Transport Canada Aviation Enforcement for eight years. Since joining the TSB, Mr. Dittbrenner participated in several TSB investigations, including the investigation into the 2005 Air France accident at Pearson Airport in Toronto.

Transportation Safety Board investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation:

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.


Deployment notices

TSB deploys a team of investigators to a landing incident at the Thompson Airport, Manitoba
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