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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27249
Last updated: 13 October 2019
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Time:19:41 MST
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
Owner/operator:Airco Aircraft Charters
Registration: C-FZBW
C/n / msn: 31-8152096
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 miles W of Rainbow Lake, McKenzie County, Alberta -   Canada
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rainbow Lake, Alberta (YOP/CYOP)
Destination airport:Edmonton, Alberta (YXD/CYXD)
The Airco Aircraft Charters Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain, serial number 31-8152096, had been chartered by Northern Sky Aviation to complete a daily passenger flight from the Edmonton City Centre Airport to High Level, Rainbow Lake, Edmonton, and Calgary, Alberta. The flight from Edmonton to High Level and Rainbow Lake was uneventful. Following a routine landing and turn around, the aircraft departed Rainbow Lake in darkness, at 19:35 mountain standard time (MST) on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight to Edmonton.

Shortly after take-off from runway 27, the aircraft collided with trees and terrain approximately 3 000 feet west of the departure end of the runway. The nine occupants sustained minor injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged. Immediately following the evacuation of the aircraft, a Rainbow Lake passenger initiated the local emergency response by cell phone.

Volunteer ground rescue personnel organized a snowmobile search, and a helicopter was dispatched from the airport to conduct an aerial search. The ground search was hampered by darkness, dense forest, cold temperatures, and deep snow. The helicopter pilot located the aircraft wreckage on his first pass over the departure corridor and, following his immediate return to the airport, he lead the ground rescuers to the accident site. Rescuers reached the accident site approximately one and one-half hours after the occurrence and assisted all of the survivors to the Rainbow Lake nursing station.


1. CADORS Number:1998C0031
2. TSB Aviation Occurrence Report A98W0009 at

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
06-May-2015 02:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
22-Jun-2015 00:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source]
22-Jun-2015 00:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Narrative]
14-Oct-2017 19:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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