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  • Loss of power and collision with trees, Ridge Rotors Inc., Bell 206B (Helicopter), C-GHHU, Fox Creek Airport, Alberta, 12 nm SW, 05 September 2016

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    On 05 September 2016, the Ridge Rotors Inc. Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter (registration C-GHHU, serial number 2196) was operating on a mountain pine beetle survey flight originating from Whitecourt Airport, Alberta (CYZU), during daylight hours, with the pilot and 2 surveyors on board. At 1520 Mountain Daylight Time, approximately 12 nautical miles southwest of Fox Creek Airport, Alberta (CED4), the engine lost all power while flying approximately 160 feet above ground level, and the helicopter lost altitude and collided with trees. The pilot was seriously injured. One surveyor received minor injuries and the other received fatal injuries. The helicopter was substantially damaged. There was no post-impact fire, and no dangerous goods were on board. The surviving surveyor exited the helicopter and called 911 on a personal cellphone. The pilot was evacuated by air ambulance. The 406 megahertz emergency locator transmitter activated and the signal was received by the Cospas-Sarsat search and rescue satellite system.

  • Air Transportation Safety Investigation Brief A16P0230

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    Temporary difficulty with aircraft control: Blackcomb Helicopters LP Aérospatiale AS355N, C-FELE at Squamish, British Columbia on 30 December 2016

  • Capsizing and sinking of the tug Ocean Uannaq at the Champlain Bridge, St. Lawrence River, Montréal, Quebec on 01 April 2016

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    On 01 April 2016, at approximately 1623 Eastern Daylight Time, the tug Ocean Uannaq capsized while attempting to move a barge with 2 other tugs to the Île des Sœurs work quay during construction of the new Champlain Bridge on the St. Lawrence River off Montréal, Quebec. The 2 crew on board abandoned onto another tug, which was alongside the Ocean Uannaq. The Ocean Uannaq later sank at 1850. There were no injuries or pollution. The Ocean Uannaq was raised from the riverbed on 28 May 2016.

  • Icing encounter, loss of control, and collision with terrain of Wasaya Airways Limited Partnership Cessna 208B, C-FKDL 10 nm N of Pickle Lake, Ontario on 11 December 2015

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    The Wasaya Airways Limited Partnership Cessna 208B Caravan (registration C-FKDL, serial number 208B0240) departed Pickle Lake Airport, Ontario, on 11 December 2015 at 0900 Eastern Standard Time under visual flight rules as flight WSG127 to Angling Lake / Wapekeka Airport, Ontario, with the pilot and a load of cargo on board. At 0908, the flight levelled off at about 4600 feet above sea level. At 0909, WSG127 descended and turned about 120° to the right, then collided with the southeast side of Tarp Hill at an elevation of 1460 feet above sea level. The pilot was fatally injured, and the aircraft was destroyed. There was no post-impact fire. The 406-megahertz emergency locator transmitter activated on impact, but no signal was emitted.

  • Nose landing gear failure on landing of Exploits Valley Air Services, Beechcraft 1900D, C-FEVA at Gander International Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador on 20 April 2016

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    The Exploits Valley Air Services Beechcraft 1900D (registration C-FEVA, serial number UE 126), operating as Air Canada Express flight EV7804, was on a scheduled passenger flight from Goose Bay International Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador, to Gander International Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador. At 2130 Newfoundland Daylight Time, while landing on Runway 03, the aircraft touched down right of the centreline and almost immediately veered to the right. The nosewheel struck a compacted snow windrow on the runway, causing the nose landing gear to collapse. As the aircraft's nose began to drop, the propeller blades struck the snow and runway surface. All of the left-side propeller blades and 3 of the right-side propeller blades separated at the blade root. A portion of a blade from the right-side propeller penetrated the cabin wall. The aircraft slid to a stop on the runway. All occupants on board—14 passengers and 2 crew members—were evacuated. Three passengers sustained minor injuries. The aircraft was substantially damaged. There was no post-impact fire. There were insufficient forward impact forces to automatically activate the 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitter. The accident occurred during the hours of darkness.

  • Close quarters crossing of the passenger vessels Grandeur of the Seas and Summer Bay in Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia on the 29 June 2016

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    On 29 June 2016, at 0942 Atlantic Daylight Time, the passenger vessel Summer Bay, with 39 people on board, crossed the bow of the passenger vessel Grandeur of the Seas, with about 2770 people on board, in Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia. The smaller vessel passed within 25 m of the Grandeur of the Seas in thick fog and did not make contact.

  • Fire and abandonment of the tug Ken Mackenzie, Fraser River, British Columbia on 11 July 2016

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    On 11 July 2016, at approximately 2230 Pacific Daylight Time, the tug Ken Mackenzie, with 2 people on board, reported a fire in the engine room while transiting the Fraser River, British Columbia. The 2 crew members abandoned the vessel and were picked up by the assist tug Harken No. 5. The fire was extinguished with the assistance of vessels in the vicinity.