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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 20 September 2001
Time:22:57 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-AT Merlin IV
Operator:Max Aviation
Registration: C-GWSL
MSN: AT-028
First flight: 1975
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kuujjuaq-Fort Chimo Airport, QC (YVP) (   Canada)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Kangiqsualujjuaq Airport, QC (XGR/CYLU), Canada
Destination airport:Kuujjuaq-Fort Chimo Airport, QC (YVP/CYVP), Canada
The approach to Kuujjuaq-Fort Chimo Airport was stable but slightly below the VASIS descent profile. Just before the flare when power was reduced to idle, the crew was surprised by how rapidly the aircraft decelerated. Touchdown on the runway was hard. After the engines were shut down at the terminal, the crew noted structural deformations around the nose wheel attachment point and on the wings, where the deformations caused fuel to leak. Runway 31 slopes upward 1.3%. The landing was made at twilight, and the runway environment appeared very dark to the crew due to the lack of reflection from the gravel surface.

Heavy landing
Runway mishap

» CADORS Number: 2001Q0814


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Distance from Kangiqsualujjuaq Airport, QC to Kuujjuaq-Fort Chimo Airport, QC as the crow flies is 156 km (98 miles).

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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