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Last updated: 4 July 2020
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Wednesday 24 April 2019
Time:ca 19:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B200 Super King Air
Operator:Keewatin Air
Registration: C-FRMV
C/n / msn: BB-979
First flight: 1981
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Gillam Airport, MB (YGX) (   Canada)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Winnipeg International Airport, MB (YWG/CYWG), Canada
Destination airport:Churchill Airport, MB (YYQ/CYYQ), Canada
A Beechcraft B200 medevac aircraft operated by Keewatin Air, was conducting positioning flight KEW202 from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson Intl (CYWG), MB to Churchill (CYYQ), MB with 2 flight crew and 2 flight nurses on board. When the aircraft was abeam Gillam (CYGX), MB in cruise flight, the flight crew declared a MAYDAY due to a fuel issue, and elected to divert to CYGX. The flight crew conducted an emergency descent during which both engines (Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-42) flamed out. During the subsequent forced-landing attempt to runway 23, the aircraft touched down on the ice surface of Stephens Lake short of the runway, with the landing gear in the fully extended position. The aircraft then struck the rocky berm before the threshold of runway 23, and came to rest near the right side of the runway threshold.
The occupants were uninjured, and emergency services responded. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the landing gear, wings, fuselage, and a propeller.
Initial data gathered by the TSB indicates that the aircraft departed CYWG with an insufficient quantity of fuel on board for the intended flight.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: A19C0038

Fuel exhaustion
Forced landing on runway

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Distance from Winnipeg International Airport, MB to Churchill Airport, MB as the crow flies is 995 km (622 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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