ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208B Grand Caravan C-GATV Utsingi Point, Great Slave Lake, NT
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 4 October 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Air Tindi
Registration: C-GATV
MSN: 208B0308
First flight: 1992
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Utsingi Point, Great Slave Lake, NT (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Yellowknife Airport, NT (YZF/CYZF), Canada
Destination airport:Lutsel K'e Airport, NT (YSG/CYLK), Canada
Flightnumber: 200
A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan sustained substantial damage in an accident near Utsingi Point on Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada. The pilot and one passenger were fatally injured and the other two passengers were seriously injured.
Air Tindi Flight 200 departed Yellowknife (YZF) at 11:03 on a VFR flight to Lutsel K'e (YSG) where it was scheduled to arrive at 11:45. Low clouds persisted for the entire flight. The pilot was flying at low level so he could maintain visual contact with the ground. Altitude during the flight varied between 129 feet and 600 feet above ground level (agl). The aircraft struck rising terrain under the pilot's control at cruise speed, with a wings-level attitude.

Probable Cause:

1. The aircraft was flown at low altitude into an area of low forward visibility during a day VFR flight, which prevented the pilot from seeing and avoiding terrain.
2. The concentrations of cannabinoids were sufficient to have caused impairment in pilot performance and decision-making on the accident flight.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Accident number: A11W0151
Download report: Final report

Flightcrew member's alcohol, drug usage
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Transport Canada CADORS nr. 2011C3762
» Air Tindi Statement

Follow-up / safety actions
Air Tindi has taken measures to improve safety, such as dispatching all scheduled flights under IFR; installing cockpit imaging and flight data monitoring devices in its Cessna 208B fleet; and introducing random drug and alcohol tests for employees in safety-sensitive positions.
The ELT manufacturer made changes to its ELT designs to improve signal detection, and it also revised the instructions on how to secure ELT installations properly in aircraft.
Transport Canada enacted regulations requiring TAWS to be installed in all turbine-powered aircraft with 6 or more passenger seats by July 2014.


photo of Cessna-208B-Grand-Caravan-C-GATV
accident date: 04-10-2011
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
registration: C-GATV

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 Yellowknife Airport, NT to Lutsel K'e Airport, NT as the crow flies is 192 km (120 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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