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  • Loss of control and collision with terrain of a Cessna U206F, C-FWBQ at Kuashkuapishiu Lake, 143 nm N of Baie-Comeau, Quebec on 25 September 2016

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    The privately operated Cessna U206F floatplane (registration C-FWBQ, serial number U20602785) was flying under visual flight rules from Kuashkuapishiu Lake, Quebec, to Ra-Ma Lake, Quebec, near the Manicouagan Reservoir, Quebec, with the pilot and 2 passengers aboard. After taking off at around 1400 Eastern Daylight Time, the aircraft began a climbing turn to the left while it was at the north end of the lake. A few moments later, the aircraft quickly banked to the right, lost altitude, struck the ground, and immediately caught fire. The fire consumed almost the entire cabin. The pilot was seriously injured, and the 2 passengers were fatally injured. No emergency locator transmitter signal was received.

  • In-flight breakup of Carson Air Ltd. Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II, C-GSKC, North Vancouver, British Columbia on 13 April 2015

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    On 13 April 2015, Carson Air Ltd. flight 66 (CA66), a Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II (registration C-GSKC, serial number TC-235), departed Vancouver International Airport (CYVR), British Columbia, with 2 pilots on board for an instrument flight rules flight to Prince George, British Columbia. At 0709 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), approximately 6 minutes after leaving Vancouver, the aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar while climbing through an altitude of 8700 feet above sea level in instrument meteorological conditions, about 4 nautical miles north of the built-up area of North Vancouver. Deteriorating weather conditions with low cloud and heavy snowfall hampered an air search; however, aircraft wreckage was found on steep, mountainous, snow-covered terrain by ground searchers at approximately 1645 PDT. The aircraft had experienced a catastrophic in-flight breakup. Both pilots were fatally injured, and the aircraft was destroyed. Although the aircraft's 406-megahertz emergency locator transmitter activated, the antenna was damaged and no signal was received by the Cospas Sarsat (international satellite system for search and rescue). The accident occurred during daylight hours.

  • Crossing collision of Canadian National Railway Company track unit CN461-18 at mile 90.61, Joliette Subdivision, Saint-Norbert, Quebec on 18 August 2016

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    On 18 August 2016, at approximately 0330 Eastern Daylight Time, Canadian National Railway Company (CN) track unit CN461-18 was travelling northward at approximately 16 mph (26 km/h) on the CN Joliette Subdivision. At the Highway 347 public grade crossing, at Mile 90.61, near the municipality of Saint Norbert, Quebec, the track unit collided with an eastbound tractor-trailer. Two employees on board the track unit and both occupants of the tractor-trailer sustained minor injuries. Approximately 600 L of diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid were released from the track unit and the tractor trailer.

  • Non-main-track runaway, collision and derailment of Canadian National Railway Company cut of cars and train A42241-29 at mile 0.0, Halton Subdivision, MacMillan Yard, Concord, Ontario on 29 July 2015

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    On 29 July 2015, at about 1330 Eastern Daylight Time, a cut of 91 mixed commodity freight cars uncoupled from the locomotives on the east pullback track in the Canadian National Railway Company MacMillan Yard. The cut of cars, led by 24 tank cars loaded with petroleum crude oil (UN 1267), rolled uncontrolled into track R-13 where it struck train A42241-29 (train 422) head on at about 13 mph. Although none of the cars in the cut of cars derailed, the head-end locomotives of train 422 were shoved back 350 feet, and 10 cars on that train derailed on track R-13. One car on adjacent track R-11 also derailed. The derailed equipment included an empty (residue) tank car that last contained sulphuric acid (UN 1830). A second car on track R-11 and 1 car on track R-10 were damaged. Approximately 585 feet of track was damaged. There was no release of product and there were no injuries.

  • Collision with wires, Bell 206B (Helicopter), C-GVJT, Flatlands, New Brunswick, 04 September 2016

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    On 04 September 2016, the privately operated Bell 206B helicopter (registration C-GVJT, serial number 3492) departed Charlo Airport, New Brunswick, for a daytime visual flight rules flight to Rivière-du-Loup Airport, Quebec, with a pilot and 2 passengers on board. At 1547 Atlantic Daylight Time, while flying along the Restigouche River, the helicopter collided with and severed power transmission lines about 40 km west of Charlo Airport, causing catastrophic damage to the helicopter. It then fell into the river approximately 150 feet upstream of the power transmission lines. The pilot and front-seat passenger received fatal injuries. The rear seat passenger survived the accident and was helped to shore by witnesses. A small amount of fuel was released. There was no post-impact fire. The search and rescue satellite system did not receive a signal from the emergency locator transmitter.

  • 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.