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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 29061
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Time:09:57 EDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
Owner/operator:Avionair Inc
Registration: C-GUVK
C/n / msn: 31-7405451
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 nm South East of La Grande, Quebec -   Canada
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Rouyn, Quebec
Destination airport:La Grande Rivière, Quebec
At 05:25 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time), a Piper Navajo PA-31, registration C-GUVK, serial number 31-7405451, with two pilots on board, took off from Dorval Airport, Quebec, on a three-day charter flight. Two passengers boarded at Rouyn, Quebec, travelling to La Grande Rivière, Quebec. All flight segments over the three-day period were planned in accordance with instrument flight rules.

At La Grande Rivière, the aircraft completed a VOR/DME approach to runway 31, but could not land due to weather. A missed approach was executed, and the aircraft proceeded toward the alternate airport, La Grande 4. About 15 nautical miles north of La Grande 3, the engines misfired. The fuel selector lever was reselected, and the engines operated normally for about five minutes, and then stopped.

The pilot-in-command declared an emergency and proceeded toward La Grande 3 Airport for an LOC/DME approach to runway 29. The aircraft broke through the cloud layer at approximately 300 feet above ground level and the pilot set the aircraft down in some trees beside a small lake, four nautical miles southeast of La Grande 3 Airport. The accident occurred at 09:57 EDT. One of the two passengers sustained minor leg injuries. The other occupants were uninjured. They were rescued by helicopter approximately 45 minutes later. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.


1. CADORS Number: 1998Q0197
2. Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) Aviation Investigation Report A98Q0069 at

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
28-Apr-2015 20:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
25-Jun-2015 13:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
15-Oct-2017 15:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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