Aviation Investigation Report A16A0041

Update: The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 27 September 2017.

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Nose landing gear failure on landing

Exploits Valley Air Services
Beechcraft 1900D, C-FEVA
Gander International Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador

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The occurrence

On 20 April 2016, an Exploits Valley Air Services Beech 1900D aircraft, operating as Air Canada flight EV7804, was enroute from Goose Bay International Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador, to Gander International Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador. During an attempted landing on Runway 03, at about 9:30 pm local time, the nose landing gear collapsed and the aircraft slid to a stop on the runway. All occupants on board, 14 passengers and two crew members, evacuated safely. Three passengers received minor injuries.

The weather at the time was windy from the north at 36 knots gusting to 52 knots. The visibility was half a mile in light snow and blowing snow, and the ceiling was reported to be 700 feet.

This type of accident during the approach-and-landing phase of flight is on the TSB Watchlist.

Media materials

News release


Gusty winds and blowing snow led to April 2016 nose landing gear collapse at Gander International Airport
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Deployment notice


TSB deploys team to the site of an aviation accident in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 21 April 2016 - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is deploying a team to yesterday's aviation accident in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador. On 20 April 2016, at approximately 21:30 local time, a Beech 1900 aircraft operated by Exploits Valley Air Services, was involved in a landing accident at the Gander International Airport. There were no serious injuries. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


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Daphne Boothe has over 20 years of civil aviation experience. She joined the TSB in 2013 as an operations investigator in the Atlantic Region.

Before joining the TSB, Mrs. Boothe spent 10 years flying for 703/704 operators in NorthWestern Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, flying scheduled and charter flights.

Mrs. Boothe holds an Airline Transport License with over 6000 hours of flying experience and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.


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Class of investigation

This is a class 4 investigation. These investigations are limited in scope, and while the final reports may contain limited analysis, they do not contain findings or recommendations. Class 4 investigations are generally completed within 220 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB investigation process

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  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.
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