Narrative:During takeoff from Long Haul Lake, the engine failed. An engineer was flown in to troubleshoot the problem. Water was drained from the main fuel-filter and carburettor sumps. Two run-ups were conducted following which the pilot and engineer tried to take off. Shortly after take-off, the aircraft's engine abruptly lost power. The pilot's attempts to restart the engine were unsuccessful, and the aircraft descended into a stand of trees and struck the ground.
|Date:||25 JUN 1999|
|Type:||de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter|
|Operator:||Blue Water Aviation Services|
|C/n / msn:|| 73|
|First flight:|| 1955|
|Engines:|| 1 Pezetel Asz-62IR-M18|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Long Haul Lake, MB (Canada)
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Departure airport:||Long Haul Lake, MB, Canada|
|Destination airport:||Long Haul Lake, MB, Canada|
FINDINGS AS TO CAUSES AND CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
- The most likely accident scenario during the second take-off is that water contamination migrated from the centre fuel tank to the engine,
resulting in a loss of engine power.
- The engine stopped at a point from which there was insufficient time for the engine to restart, nor from which a safe landing could be made.
- Indications of water contamination were found in the fuel system after the occurrence; however, the source(s) of the water contamination could not
Official accident investigation report