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Date:Thursday 11 September 2003
Time:ca 21:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Wasaya Airways
Registration: C-FKAB
MSN: 208B0305
First flight: 1992
Total airframe hrs:16770
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) NW of Summer Beaver, ON (   Canada)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pickle Lake Airport, ON (YPL/CYPL), Canada
Destination airport:Summer Beaver Airport, ON (SUR), Canada
Flightnumber: 125
Wasaya Flight 125 departed Pickle Lake (YPL) at 20:57 with an estimated arrival time of 21:36 at Sumer Beaver (SUR). The pilot flew a direct visual flight rules (VFR) routing to Summer Beaver at 3500 feet asl under night visual meteorological conditions (VMC). Ten minutes before landing at Summer Beaver, the pilot broadcast his intentions and activated the aircraft radio control of aerodrome lighting (ARCAL) of the airfield. Witnesses on the ground saw the aircraft's lights as it joined the downwind leg of the airport traffic circuit. During the approach the airplane lost control and struck heavily wooded terrain in a near vertical attitude with the wings level.

Probable Cause:

The aircraft departed controlled flight and struck terrain for undetermined reasons.

The company's flight-following procedures for flights operating in remote areas were impractical and were not consistently applied; this could compromise timely search and rescue operations following an accident.

The aircraft did not carry flight recorders. Lack of information about the cause of this accident affects TSB's ability to identify related safety deficiencies and to issue safety communications intended to prevent accidents that could occur under similar circumstances.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Accident number: TSB Report A03H0002
Download report: Final report
Language: English

Cause undetermined
Loss of control

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photo of Cessna-208B-Grand-Caravan-C-FKAB
accident date: 11-09-2003
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
registration: C-FKAB

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 Pickle Lake Airport, ON to Summer Beaver Airport, ON as the crow flies is 180 km (112 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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