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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Monday 13 April 2015
Time:ca 07:08
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operator:Carson Air
Registration: C-GSKC
C/n / msn: TC-235
First flight: 1977
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-10UA-511G
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:N of Vancouver, BC (   Canada)
Crash site elevation: 900 m (2953 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Vancouver International Airport, BC (YVR/CYVR), Canada
Destination airport:Prince George Airport, BC (YXS/CYXS), Canada
A Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II cargo plane, operated by Carson Air, crashed in the North Shore Mountains near Vancouver, Canada killing both crew members.
The airplane departed Vancouver International Airport, BC (YVR) at 07:02 hours local time on a cargo flight to Prince George Airport, BC (YXS). Radar contact was lost at 07:08 hours.
A search party found the wreckage the next day on a snowy wooded hillside, southeast of Crown Mountain.
The TSB reported that "the radar track showed a very steep descent," with the aircraft descending from about 7900 feet to about 3000 feet in less than one minute. The TSB said that the was "consistent with uncontrolled flight."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: A15P0081

Loss of control

» CBC, 14-4-2015
» Flightaware

METAR Weather report:
13:46 UTC / 06:46 local time:
SPECI CYVR 131346Z 09008KT 15SM -RA FEW033 SCT056 OVC069 07/04 A2989 RMK SC2SC2AC4 SLP123

14:00 UTC / 07:00 local time:
CYVR 131400Z 15004KT 090V190 15SM -RA FEW033 SCT042 BKN054 OVC069 07/04 A2990 RMK SC2SC2SC3AC1 SLP124
Wind 150 degrees at 4 knots, carying 90-190 degrees; visibility: 15 miles; rain; Few clouds at 3300 feet; Scattered clouds at 4200 feet; Broken clouds at 5400 feet; Overcast at 6900 feet; Temp. 7°C; Dew point 4°C


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
29 July 1977 N61Z Southern Airways delivered
1 July 1979 N61Z Republic Airlines airliner merger
July 1980 N61Z Britt Airways bought
5 April 1986 N61Z Britt Airways Bird strikes on short final Cape Girardeau, MO. Both engines replaced due to damage.
1 September 1990 N61Z Continental Express airliner merger
June 1992 N61Z Berry Aviation merged
July 1993 N235BA Berry Aviation new registration
May 1996 N235BA Superior Aviation bought
October 2006 C-GSKC Carson Air bought
16 February 2011 C-GSKC Carson Air outer glass ply of windshield failed following electrical arcing

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 Vancouver International Airport, BC to Prince George Airport, BC as the crow flies is 520 km (325 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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