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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Wednesday 23 October 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Registration: C-GKFS
MSN: TC-215E
First flight: 1977
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Puvirnituq Airport, QC (YPX) (   Canada)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:La Grande Airport, QC (YGL/CYGL), Canada
Destination airport:Puvirnituq Airport, QC (YPX/CYPX), Canada
The Metro landed nosegear-first on runway 19, veered to the left, ran off the side of the runway and came to rest 200 feet to the left of the gravel strip.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: A hydraulic servo valve had not been removed, despite the suggestion of the manufacturer to replace the item. A replacement of the valve might have prevented the accident. Miscommunication between the pilot and co-pilot was a contributing factor.

Runway excursion

» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/97 (#111)
» Scramble 214


photo of Swearingen-SA226-TC-Metro-II-C-GKFS
accident date: 23-10-1996
type: Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
registration: C-GKFS

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 La Grande Airport, QC to Puvirnituq Airport, QC as the crow flies is 710 km (444 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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