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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 10 November 1993
Time:18:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-748-234 Srs. 2A
Operator:Air Manitoba
Registration: C-GQTH
C/n / msn: 1617
First flight: 1967
Total airframe hrs:29284
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) NW of Sandy Lake Airport, ON (ZSJ) (   Canada)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sandy Lake Airport, ON (ZSJ/CZSJ), Canada
Destination airport:Winnipeg International Airport, MB (YWG/CYWG), Canada
Flightnumber: 205
Narrative:
The aircraft took off from Winnipeg at 1438 CST for a flight to Sandy Lake, St. Theresa Point, Island Lake and return to Winnipeg. On arrival at Sandy Lake at approximately 1549, the crew attempted to land but were unable to because of the low ceiling and visibility. They then diverted to St.Theresa Point, landing at 1630. The flight departed St. Theresa Point for Sandy Lake at 1720. The aircraft landed at approximately 1745 at Sandy Lake, where 22 passengers deplaned while four remained on board; the aircraft was not refuelled or otherwise serviced at Sandy Lake. During the stop, both engines were shut down.
The aircraft took off from runway 29 at Sandy Lake at approximately 1805 and entered a right turn. Witnesses indicate that the aircraft appeared to fly at a lower than normal height throughout the turn. After turning through approximately 120 degrees, the aircraft descended into 100-foot trees and crashed. The aircraft struck the ground about 1 nm northwest of the airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "After take-off, the crew most likely lost situational awareness and, as a result, did not detect the increasing deviation from their intended flight path. Contributing to the loss of situational awareness was the lack of AC power to some of the flight instruments; the reason for the lack of AC power could not be determined."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: TSB Report A93H0023
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Loss of situational awareness
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» Accident Prevention Vol. 52, no.10 (Oct. 1995) / Flight Safety Foundation
» Air Safety Week 17.4.1995 (p. 3,4)
» Scramble 174
» Scramble 176


Follow-up / safety actions

TSB issued 4 Safety Recommendations

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Sandy Lake Airport, ON to Winnipeg International Airport, MB as the crow flies is 439 km (274 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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