Air transportation safety investigation A18W0052
Update: The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 19 October 2018.
Loss of nose wheel on touchdown
Air Georgian Ltd.
Beechcraft 1900D, C-GZGA
Calgary International Airport, Alberta
On , a Beechcraft 1900D aircraft operated by Air Georgian Ltd. was conducting Air Canada Express flight 7228 from Cranbrook, British Columbia to Calgary, Alberta with two crew members and nine passengers. Upon landing in Calgary, the aircraft lost its nose wheel just after touchdown. The aircraft then slid on the axle and lower nose gear casting for some 1200 feet down the runway before stopping. The tower controller noticed the shower of sparks and dispatched the airport rescue and firefighting services. Once the aircraft came to rest on the runway, the flight crew evacuated the passengers. No injuries were reported. The aircraft was subsequently towed to the hangar. The TSB is investigating.
Investigation report: April 2018 loss of nose wheel on touchdown at Calgary International Airport, Alberta
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TSB deploys a team of investigators to a landing incident at the Calgary International Airport, Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, 10 April 2018 - The Transportation Safety Board is deploying a team of investigators to a landing incident that occurred last night involving an Air Georgian Ltd. aircraft operating as an Air Canada Express flight at the Calgary International Airport, Alberta. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.
Map showing the location of the occurrence
Gerrit B. Vermeer started his professional aviation career by joining the Mission Aviation Fellowship and moving to Southern Africa. During his time there, he served as a line pilot and acted as chief pilot and operations manager. Upon returning to Canada, Mr. Vermeer flew for a charter operator out of the Edmonton International Airport, serving the oil and gas industry. In 2008, he joined Transport Canada (TC) and, for five and a half years, worked as an inspector in the Enforcement Branch. He then transferred to the Operations Division of the Prairie and Northern Region and, for the next year, served as a principal operations inspector for a number of northern operators.
Mr. Vermeer has a Bachelor's degree in Mission Aviation Technology and currently holds a fixed wing airline transport pilot licence with approximately 6400 hours of flight time. He also holds a Canadian aircraft maintenance engineer license, as well as an airframe and power plant technician license issued by the USA's Federal Aviation Administration.
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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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- Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
- 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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