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Date:Friday 2 November 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Stage Air Ltd.
Registration: C-GGUH
MSN: 208B0827
First flight: 2000
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA) (   Canada)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Tuktoyaktuk Airport, NT (YUB/CYUB), Canada
Destination airport:Inuvik/Mike Zubko Airport, NT (YEV/CYEV), Canada
The Cessna Caravan, C-GGUH, was on a visual flight rules flight, at night, from Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, to Inuvik-Mike Zubko Airport, when instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) were encountered. Before entering the Inuvik control zone, the pilot contacted the air traffic controller and was issued an instrument approach clearance for runway 23 at 19:32 local time. During the approach the aircraft contacted a hill top four nautical miles north of the airport and came to rest in an upright position. The aircraft was substantially damaged; the pilot and the one passenger sustained minor injuries.

Probable Cause:

Findings as to Causes and Contributing Factors
1. The pilot did not adequately plan for the IFR approach, did not execute the approach in a manner so as to align the aircraft with the runway, and flew into terrain.
2. The pilot=s low comfort level with IFR procedures coupled with the relatively short time to organize for the assigned approach most likely resulted in the pilot losing situational awareness.
3. The pilot did not use the autopilot or the radar altimeter to reduce workload and provide terrain alerting during the approach.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 1 months
Accident number: A01W0269
Download report: Final report
Language: English

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain


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Distance from Tuktoyaktuk Airport, NT to Inuvik/Mike Zubko Airport, NT as the crow flies is 126 km (79 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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