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Last updated: 27 September 2021
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Wednesday 13 December 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT43 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ATR 42-320
Operator:West Wind Aviation
Registration: C-GWEA
MSN: 240
First flight: 1991-03-08 (26 years 10 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW121
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 25
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) W of Fond-du-Lac Airport, SK (ZFD) (   Canada)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Fond-du-Lac Airport, SK (ZFD/CZFD), Canada
Destination airport:Stony Rapids Airport, SK (YSF/CYSF), Canada
A West Wind Aviation ATR 42-300 collided with trees and terrain shortly after takeoff from Fond-du-Lac Airport (CZFD), Canada. The aircraft was destroyed. Six passengers and one crew member sustained serious injuries. Eighteen other aircraft occupants were also injured. One of the passengers, a 19-year old male, died of his injuries on December 25.
The aircraft arrived at Fond-du-Lac Airport at 17:25 local time. During the descent, the aircraft encountered icing conditions and the anti-icing and de-icing systems were activated. When the de-icing and anti-icing systems were turned off, residual ice remained on portions of the aircraft.
At Fond-du-Lac Airport new passengers boarded and cargo was loaded on the aircraft.
The operator, West Wind Aviation, had some de-icing equipment in the terminal building at the airport, consisting of two ladders, a hand-held spray bottle with electric blanket and wand, and a container of de-icing fluid. However, the aircraft was not de-iced before takeoff, and the takeoff was commenced with ice contamination on the aircraft.
The aircraft took off from runway 28 at 18:11, bound for Stony Rapids.
At 18:12, shortly after takeoff, the aircraft collided with trees and terrain less than a mile west of the end of runway 28. The wreckage path through trees and across terrain was at least 800 feet long. The aircraft came to rest with the forward cabin and cockpit rotated 90° to the right, and the remainder of the fuselage rotated about 35° to the right.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: A17C0146


Follow-up / safety actions
Transport Canada suspended West Wind Aviation’s Air Operator Certificate on December 22.
The department took this action because it identified deficiencies in the company’s Operational Control System during a post-accident inspection.
The AOC was reinistated on May 8, 2018 after a review of the company’s operations.

TSB issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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photo of ATR-42-320-C-GWEA
accident date: 13-12-2017
type: ATR 42-320
registration: C-GWEA
photo of ATR-42-320-C-GWEA
accident date: 13-12-2017
type: ATR 42-320
registration: C-GWEA
photo of ATR-42-320-C-GWEA
accident date: 13-12-2017
type: ATR 42-320
registration: C-GWEA
photo of ATR-42-320-C-GWEA
accident date: 13-12-2017
type: ATR 42-320
registration: C-GWEA

Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
8 March 1991 F-WWEG ATR first flight
14 May 1991 XA-RUC Aviación del Noroeste delivered
1995 XA-RUC Aviación del Noroeste airline shut down; aircraft stored at Toluca
Dec 1996 N240JS Focus Aviation registered
9 March 1999 5Y-JNT Eagle Aviation registered
19 June 2001 N240JS Focus Aviation registered
15 Feb. 2002 N240JS Hurstfield Ltd
26 July 2002 ZS-OWU Hurstfield Ltd registered
Feb. 2003 5Y-BRB Aircraft Leasing Services (ALS) registered
28 April 2004 ZS-OVL Executive Turbine Aviation
15 May 2004 ZS-OVL Zambia Airways leased
Sep. 2004 ZS-OVL Executive Turbine Aviation
Oct. 2004 ZS-OVL Aircraft Africa Contracts
Feb. 2005 ZS-OVL United Nations leased
2 Jan. 2007 5Y-BUT Fly540 registered
18 June 2010 D2-FLA Fly540 registered
1 June 2012 C-GWEA West Wind Aviation registered

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 Fond-du-Lac Airport, SK to Stony Rapids Airport, SK as the crow flies is 77 km (48 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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