Accident Piper PA-31-310 Navajo C-FQQB, Sunday 30 April 2017
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Date:Sunday 30 April 2017
Time:20:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-31-310 Navajo
Owner/operator:Exact Air
Registration: C-FQQB
MSN: 31-310
Year of manufacture:1968
Engine model:Avco Lycoming TIO-540-A2C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Schefferville, QC -   Canada
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Schefferville Airport, Quebec (CYKL)
Destination airport:Schefferville Airport, Quebec (CYKL)
Investigating agency: TSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
An Exact Air Piper PA-31 (C-FQQB) was conducting the the second magnetometric survey flight of the day from Schefferville, QC (CYKL), with two pilots on board. The flight crew was accompanied by C-FVTL, another Piper PA-31 belonging to the same aviation operator. C-FQQB took off around 13:36 for a flight that was approximately 5 hours long, trailed by C-FVTL. The point the furthest northwest where they would be working was approximately 25 NM from CYKL. According to the established sequence, C-FQQB was to land first at CYKL, followed by C-FVTL around 10 minutes later.

Around 18:55, the flight crew of C-FVTL reported that C-FQQB was missing, and a search was launched. The aircraft was found on top of a mineral deposit some 3.5 NM from CYKL. A site inspection revealed that C-FQQB had struck an auxiliary power line that crossed a railroad, in a valley between two deposits of mine tailings.

After striking the wires, the aircraft proceeded for approximately 250 meters, while being tangled in the two wires, which had wrapped themselves around the left propeller. When the wires were stretched out as far as they could go, the left engine and propeller were ripped out of the airframe.

The aircraft then struck the ground approximately 50 meters further, and the left engine was found further away. After the impact, there was no fire, and no ELT signal was heard. The accident occurred during daylight hours. Both pilots were fatally injured.

The aircraft had been transiting at very low altitude (40-100ft AGL) when it hit the power cables.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB
Report number: A17Q0050
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report


1. CADORS Number:2017Q1048
2. TSB Occurrence No: A17Q0050 at

Revision history:

01-May-2017 14:50 gerard57 Added
01-May-2017 18:37 gerard57 Updated [Time, Operator, Source]
02-May-2017 06:58 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
02-May-2017 16:16 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source]
03-May-2017 05:23 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Registration]
03-May-2017 06:55 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn]
10-May-2017 14:03 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Narrative]
10-May-2017 14:43 Anon. Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-May-2017 14:51 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
01-Jun-2017 07:36 harro Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
07-Sep-2017 16:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Oct-2017 21:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
23-Oct-2017 21:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
09-Jul-2018 20:43 Aerossurance Updated [Location]
09-Jul-2018 20:46 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]

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