Aviation Investigation A13Q0098

Fuel exhaustion and emergency landing in a field near Beloeil, Quebec, of a Beech King A100 operated by Aviation Flycie Inc.

The occurrence

On 10 June 2013, a Beech King A100 operated by Aviation Flycie Inc. took off from Saint-Hubert airport in Quebec for a local flight; 1 pilot and 3 passengers were on board. While the aircraft was on approach to Saint-Hubert airport, the 2 engines stopped due to fuel exhaustion. The pilot attempted a forced landing at Beloeil airport but the aircraft was not able to glide as far as the airport and landed in a field 0.5 nm west of it. The twin-engine aircraft had significant damage and the 4 occupants were slightly injured.

Map of the area

Investigator-in-Charge

Photo of Pierre Gavillet, Investigator in Charge

Pierre Gavillet joined the Air Investigations Branch at the TSB regional office in Dorval, Quebec, as an investigator/operations specialist in October 2007. He has more than 30 years' experience in aerial operations as well as air taxi and commuter operations, and as a pilot with Canadian and foreign airlines. He has flown more than 50 models of aircraft, ranging from small training planes to large jet transport aircraft such as DC8s, B757s, A300s, A310s and A330s, in most regions of the world.

Since joining the TSB, Mr. Gavillet has been involved in many investigations in Quebec and Ontario.

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Transportation Safety Board investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation:

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

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