Beschrijving:A de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter, registered C-GGON, sustained substantial damage in an accident 4 km east of Lac du Bonnet, MB, Canada. All three passengers and the pilot survived. The airplane operated on a flight from Lac du Bonnet, MB to George Lake, MB.
|Datum:||22 MEI 2003|
|Type:||de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter|
|Luchtvaartmaatschappij:||Whiteshell Air Service|
|Bemanning:||slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 1|
|Passagiers:||slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3|
|Totaal:||slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 4 |
|Plaats:||4 km (2.5 mijl) E of Lac du Bonnet, MB (Canada)
|Fase:|| InitiŰle klim (ICL)|
|Soort vlucht:||Binnenlandse charter|
|Vliegveld van vertrek:||Lac du Bonnet, MB, Canada|
|Vliegveld van aankomst:||George Lake, MB, Canada|
The pilot completed a normal take-off from the Winnipeg River in an easterly direction and began a shallow climb over the shoreline. As the aircraft levelled at approximately 400 feet agl, there was a loud backfire followed by a complete loss of engine power. The pilot force landed straight ahead; the aircraft struck several large trees and came to rest in a swampy area. The aircraft struck the ground on its left side, both wings broke off, and the engine was buried in the swampy ground.
FINDINGS AS TO CAUSES AND CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
1. A spacer in the No. 3 cylinder push rod tube was installed incorrectly. This initiated the increased wear that eventually prevented the No. 3 exhaust valve from opening, resulting in hot exhaust gases migrating into the induction system and causing the engine failure.
2. Following replacement of the No. 1 cylinder, the operator did not complete a field barometric power reference check, which is used in early identification of an engine problem.
3. The valve adjustment screw protrusion was set beyond specified limits. Had the out-of-limits screw protrusion been noted during adjustment or during a scheduled inspection, an examination might have revealed the excessive wear in the valve train and prevented the engine failure.
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.