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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 22 November 2008
Time:21:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft A100 King Air
Operator:SkyNorth Air
Registration: C-FSNA
C/n / msn: B-227
First flight: 1976
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,8 km (0.5 mls) NW of Gods Lake Narrows Airport, MB (YGO) (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ambulance
Departure airport:Gods Lake Narrows Airport, MB (YGO/CYGO), Canada
Destination airport:Thompson Airport, MB (YTH/CYTH), Canada
Flightnumber: 683
Narrative:
The Sky North Air Ltd. Beechcraft A100 King Air operating as SN683 departed runway 32 at Gods Lake Narrows Airport, MB (YGO), Canada for Thompson Airport, MB (YTH) with two pilots, a flight nurse, and two patients on board. Shortly after takeoff, while in a climbing left turn, smoke and then fire emanated from the pedestal area in the cockpit. The crew continued the turn, intending to return to runway 14 at Gods Lake Narrows. The aircraft contacted trees and came to rest in a wooded area about one-half nautical mile northwest of the airport. All five persons onboard evacuated the aircraft; two received minor injuries. At approximately 02:50, the accident site was located and the occupants were evacuated. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post-crash fire. The emergency locator transmitter was consumed by the fire and whether or not it transmitted a signal is unknown.

Probable Cause:

FINDINGS AS TO CAUSES AND CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
1. An electrical short circuit in the cockpit pedestal area produced flames and smoke, which induced the crew to take emergency action.
2. The detrimental effects of aging on the wires involved may have been a factor in this electrical arc event.
3. The crew elected to return to the airport at low level in an environment with inadequate visual references. As a result, control of the aircraft was lost at an altitude from which a recovery was not possible

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Accident number: A08C0237
Download report: Final report

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» TSB


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Distance from Gods Lake Narrows Airport, MB to Thompson Airport, MB as the crow flies is 253 km (158 miles).

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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