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Manitoba - The Most Dangerous Place To Fly Fw Medevac In Canada?


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#1 Macgyver

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 05:23 AM

An air ambulance was badly damaged, but no one was injured at 2033 CST Dec 23rd when a BE-90E on a medevac flight from St. Theresa Point, Manitoba survived a hard landing early Wednesday morning at CYWG.

According to initial reports made to Transport Canada, SkyNorth Air was about to land at the Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg at about 0230 Zulu when the Beech King Air's landing gear collapsed. The aircraft sustained substantial damage and a scheduled passenger flight slated to land had to pull up at the last moment and be diverted to another runway. Three crew members and a patient were uninjured. The runway was closed for about three and a half hours.


The updated CADORS report cites an inadvertent selection of the gear handle to the up position during the landing rollout and while still on the primary runway. The landing gear selector was inadvertently selected up when an attempt was made to raise the flaps immediately after touchdown. The ground/air safety switch was not yet in ground and all three gear cycled up. The aircraft settled onto the runway and was substantially damaged.

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This is the third gear up accident in just over one year for this company, and the fifth accident overall within the same timeframe.

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Here's a pic of a King Air 90 cockpit. Having a hard time seeing how they mistook the two controls... Any of the pilots on the list have any ideas?

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Seems like a a place to avoid working for. Especially considering their two recent crashes...

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I'm not sure what it is with the regulators in Manitoba, or maybe it's something in the air, but when you dig into in - since 1995, on an incident per 1000 MEDEVAC (loaded and positioning) flights, it is the most dangerous province in Canada to fly in!
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Posted 25 December 2009 - 05:50 AM

Here's a pic of a King Air 90 cockpit. Having a hard time seeing how they mistook the two controls... Any of the pilots on the list have any ideas?

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Lets try again...

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 08:36 AM

That's really crazy they've had three similar accidents... My two cents: their either using very unfocused/undisciplined pilot's (which I doubt, or we would be reading about three 50 foot holes in the ground) or their using highly untrained pilots specific to that aircraft. The King Air's gear lever is in almost an identical spot to the flap selector of nearly every Cessna (152, 172 etc) - the worlds most common training aircraft.
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Posted 29 December 2009 - 05:00 PM

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Jon Stitzinger NREMTP, CCEMTP, FW Pilot
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