Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cessna 210C Centurion, C-FWUX: Accident occurred February 10, 2013 in Waskada, Manitoba - Canada

At approximately 1230 Central Standard Time, the privately registered Cessna 210C, (registration C-FWUX, serial number 21058098) departed a private airstrip located at Waskada, Manitoba, with a pilot and 3 passengers on board for a sightseeing flight in the local area. Approximately 30 minutes after the aircraft departed, fog moved into the area. At 1317 Central Standard Time, an emergency locator transmitter signal was received in the area. A search was undertaken and the wreckage was located 3 nautical miles north of Waskada. All occupants suffered fatal injuries. There was no post crash fire.

The pilot had recently acquired C-FWUX and had accumulated approximately 5 hours of flight time on the aircraft since its purchase. Although aware of the reported poor weather in the area, the pilot wanted to get some more flight hours on his new aircraft and considered that the local weather was suitable for a visual flight rules (VFR) flight. The pilot was planning to tour the local area, then fly to Brandon, Manitoba, for lunch.

At 1300, approximately 30 minutes after departure, the local weather deteriorated rapidly and fog rolled in over the private airstrip and surrounding area. An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was reported to Winnipeg Area Control Centre at 1317 by an over-flying aircraft. After it was confirmed that C-FWUX had not landed at Brandon, a call was made to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) at approximately 1610 to report the overdue aircraft. A search and rescue (SAR) aircraft tracked the aircraft’s ELT signal and located the aircraft at 1750. SAR technicians were deployed into the accident site and found that all occupants had suffered fatal injuries.

The 1200 aviation routine weather report (METAR) for Brandon, about 63 nautical miles (nm) northeast of the private airstrip, recorded the weather as surface winds 050° at 11 knots and surface visibility ¾ of 1  statute mile (sm) in light snow and mist, with broken clouds at 600 feet above ground level (agl). The graphical area forecast (GFACN32) clouds and weather, and icing, turbulence and freezing level charts for use starting at 1200 on 10 February 2013, indicated an overcast layer of cloud based at 2000 to 3000 feet above sea level (asl) and topped at 6000 feet asl in the Brandon and Waskada area (Appendix A – 1300 CST Clouds and Weather , Appendix B – 1300 CST Icing, Turbulence and Freezing Level ). Visibility was forecast to be 4 to greater than 6 sm in light snow with patchy areas of visibility greater than 6 sm. The ceilings in the area were forecast to be 600 to 1200 feet agl, with local visibility 1 sm in light freezing drizzle and mist with ceilings at 300 feet agl.

The pilot held a commercial pilot licence (CPL) valid for single-engine landplanes. The pilot did not have an instrument rating endorsement. The pilot met the currency requirements for the carriage of passengers. The pilot’s total flight time was approximately 5890 hours, flown mostly during the summer as an agricultural spraying pilot. The pilot had accumulated approximately 265 hours in the last 12 months. Autopsy results indicated that there were no pre-existing physiological conditions that would have impaired the pilot’s ability to conduct the intended flight.

A special hockey game taking place tonight in Waskada, Man., will remember a local pilot and three children who died in a small plane crash last month.

Darren Spence and his sons Logan and Gage, as well as their friend, Dawson Pentecost, all died after their Cessna crashed in a farm field near the southwestern Manitoba village on Feb. 10.

The victims were heavily involved in hockey in their community, so a game has been organized between the RCMP Horsemen and the Melita/Waskada Devils to raise money towards sending a child to hockey camp.

Cpl. Miles Hiebert says the tragedy affected many RCMP officers, and they wanted to help with a scholarship fund being set up in the boys' names.

"Aside from being law enforcement people, we're parents and fathers and mothers and family people, and it was so heartbreaking and so tragic," Hiebert said.

"These people really felt that they needed to do something to help the community get back together on its feet."

The game begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in Waskada.

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NTSB Identification: ANC13WA022
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Sunday, February 10, 2013 in Waskada, Canada
Aircraft: CESSNA 210, registration: C-FWUX
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On February 10, 2013, about 1317 central standard time, a Cessna 210C airplane, (Canadian Registration C-FWUX) was on a flight from a private airport located 9 nautical miles east of Weskada, MB, to Brandon, MB, Canada. The airplane crashed 12 nautical miles east of Waskada. The pilot and three passengers sustained fatal injuries.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Canadian government. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the Canadian government. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada
200 Promenade du Portage
Place du Centre, 4th Floor
Hull, Quebec K1A 1K8

Tel.: (1) 819-994-4252
(1) 819-997-7887 (24 hour)
Fax: (1) 819-953-9586

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