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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 28 July 2005
Time:ca 08:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
Operator:Northern Thunderbird Air
Registration: C-FCGL
C/n / msn: BB-190
First flight: 1974
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Shovelnose Creek, BC (   Canada)
Crash site elevation: 1189 m (3901 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Vancouver International Airport, BC (YVR/CYVR), Canada
Destination airport:Smithers Airport, BC (YYD/CYYD), Canada
Flightnumber: 202
Narrative:
A Beechcraft 200 Super King Air, registration C-FCGL, operating as Northern Thunderbird Air flight 202, departed Vancouver International Airport, BC (YVR), at 08:24 for a visual flight rules flight to Smithers Airport, BC (YYD), with a crew of two on board. The aircraft did not arrive at its destination, and a search was commenced later that same day. The aircraft was found on 30 July 2005. The crash site was in a narrow canyon at an elevation of about 3900 feet above sea level, in an area of steeply rising terrain. Both occupants were fatally injured. A post-crash fire destroyed most of the aircraft. The emergency locator transmitter was destroyed in the fire and no signal was detected.

Probable Cause:

FINDINGS AS TO CAUSES AND CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
1. The aircraft was flown up a narrow canyon into rapidly rising terrain for reasons that could not be determined. The aircraft's proximity to terrain and the narrowness of the canyon precluded a turn, and the aircraft's climb rate was insufficient to clear the rising terrain.
2. The pilot decision-making training received by the crew members was ineffective because they were unprepared for the unique hazards and special operating techniques associated with flying low in mountainous terrain.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 221 days (7 months)
Accident number: A05P0189
Download report: Final report


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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 Vancouver International Airport, BC to Smithers Airport, BC as the crow flies is 678 km (424 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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