Aviation Investigation A16A0032

Collision with terrain

The occurrence

On 29 March 2016, a private Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 aircraft (United States registration N246W), departed St. Hubert, Quebec, at 0931 local time (Eastern Daylight Time) on a flight to Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec (CYGR). Onboard was the pilot-in-command, a pilot-passenger occupying the right-hand cockpit seat, and 5 passengers.

The autopilot was being used to control the aircraft throughout the flight.

At 1217 Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT), when the aircraft was at approximately 21 000 feet above sea level and 51 nautical miles (nm) from CYGR, the pilot initiated the descent. At 1225, Moncton Area Control Centre cleared the aircraft for an instrument flight rules approach (flying by reference to instruments rather than flying with visual reference to the ground) to CYGR. At 1229, 2.7 nm from Runway 07, the aircraft landing gear was lowered and approach flaps were selected.

Shortly after that, the autopilot was disconnected, and almost immediately the aircraft departed from controlled flight. It rolled quickly into a steep right bank and descended rapidly. The aircraft continued its rapid descent and impacted the ground in a near-level attitude. All 7 occupants were fatally injured.

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Investigator-in-charge

Bruce Mullen joined the TSB in May of 2010 with over 27 years and 8000 hours of flight experience in various types of aircraft. Prior to joining the TSB, he was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for almost 25 years; 9 of which were spent in Alberta as an RCMP investigator/Peace Officer.

Mr. Mullen also spent several years with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as a research scientist and co – authored several Fisheries Research Publications.

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Report

Final report
2018-01-10

Aviation Investigation Report A16A0032
Collision with terrain
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, N246W
Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport, Quebec, 1.4 nm WSW
29 March 2016

Media materials

News releases
2018-01-10

TSB identifies unstable approach as key factor in 2016 fatal accident of Mitsubishi MU-2 aircraft in Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
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2016-07-13

Investigation update: Collision with terrain of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 in Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec (A16A0032)
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2016-04-01

Update on TSB investigation into the accident involving a Mitsubishi MU-2B in les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
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2016-03-30

TSB launches investigation into the accident involving a Mitsubishi MU-2B in les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
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Backgrounders
Speeches
2018-01-10

News conference for Îles-de-la-Madeleine (A16A0032) – Opening remarks
Kathy Fox, TSB Chair
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Media advisories
2018-01-08

The TSB will hold a news conference to release its investigation report into the March 2016 fatal accident of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 aircraft in Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
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2016-03-31

TSB will provide a news briefing on its investigation into the accident involving a Mitsubishi MU-2B in Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
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2016-03-30

TSB will provide a brief update on its investigation into the accident involving a Mitsubishi MU-2B in Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
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Deployment notice
2016-03-29

TSB deploys a team of investigators to the site of an aircraft accident near the Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport, Quebec
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Video and animation

Video
2018-01-10

News conference webcast
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2016-04-01

Videos of the accident site
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Animation
2018-01-10

Animation of collision with terrain of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec on 29 March 2016
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