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Last updated: 14 October 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 15 September 2018
Time:16:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic CL2T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-215-6B11 (CL-415)
Operator:Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Registration: C-FOFI
C/n / msn: 2081
First flight: 2011
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Whitehead Pond, NL (   Canada)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Gander International Airport, NL (YQX/CYQX), Canada
Destination airport:Gander International Airport, NL (YQX/CYQX), Canada
Narrative:
A CL-415 aircraft operated by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, departed from Gander International Airport (CYQX), Canada to conduct aerial firefighting operations near Whitehead Pond, NL. The flight crew inspected several lakes and selected Whitehead Pond for scooping water while fighting a fire approximately 8 nm to the South West. While making the sixth water scoop run along the lake, the flight crew heard a loud bang. The flight crew suspected that they had struck hidden rocks, so full power was applied and a go around was conducted. Both left water drop doors indicated open, and the hydraulic quantity indicated low. The hydraulic pressure was normal, and airspeed below maximum open door speed was maintained for the return to CYQX. While enroute, attempts to close the doors were unsuccessful. The flight crew completed the checklist related to the low hydraulic quantity, manually jettisoned the remaining water, and landed without further incident at CYQX.
The aircraft's lower left hull sustained substantial damage.

Sources:
» TSB id A18A0073


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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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