ASN Aircraft accident Convair CV-580 C-GQHB Tofino Airport, BC (YAZ)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 21 July 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-580
Operator:Canair Cargo
Registration: C-GQHB
MSN: 376
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 47
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 51
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Tofino Airport, BC (YAZ) (   Canada)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vancouver International Airport, BC (YVR/CYVR), Canada
Destination airport:Tofino Airport, BC (YAZ/CYAZ), Canada
Flightnumber: 801
Canair Cargo Flight 801, a Convair 580, departed from Vancouver at 17:05 on a charter flight to Tofino. At approximately 17:28, the aircraft was cleared for an approach to the Tofino Airport. The flight crew elected to fly the NDB A instrument approach procedure to Tofino. After completing the instrument
approach procedure, the crew proceeded with a landing on runway 28. The aircraft touched down near the midpoint of the 5,000-foot long runway, and the crew was unable to bring the aircraft to a stop; it ran 150 feet off the end of the runway. The left propeller struck the ground, and the propeller and reduction gearbox separated from the aircraft. One blade separated from the propeller hub. There was a vertical propeller slice, approximately two feet long, in the fuselage adjacent to the left propeller. There was a hole in the airstair door, about midway up and near the aft edge, probably made by a gear (from the
ruptured gearbox). There was also a hole below and aft of the left cockpit window with another section of gear embedded in it.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determined that the descent profile flown during the approach procedure resulted in the aircraft not being in a position to land safely; the captain elected to continue rather than conduct a missed approach, and the aircraft touched down with insufficient runway remaining in which to stop. Contributing to the occurrence were inadequate monitoring, by both the air carrier and Transport Canada, of aircraft operations remote from the company’s main base."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Accident number: A93P0131
Download report: Final report

Runway excursion

Follow-up / safety actions

TSB issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Vancouver International Airport, BC to Tofino Airport, BC as the crow flies is 187 km (117 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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