Aviation Investigation A16W0092

Nose landing gear failure to extend

The occurrence

On 12 July 2016, an Air Georgian Ltd. Beech 1900D was operating as Air Canada Express flight AC7212 from Lethbridge, Alberta, to Calgary, Alberta. When the landing gear was selected down for the approach into Calgary, the flight crew did not observe a “gear safe” indication for the nose landing gear. The flight circled for about an hour in an attempt to rectify the problem. An emergency was declared. The aircraft landed with the nose gear in a partially extended position. There was no fire, and no injuries to the 15 passengers and two crew members were reported.

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Photo of Barry Holt

Barry Holt has been an air safety investigator at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) since 2001. He has been investigator-in-charge on over 300 class 5 and 20 class 3 investigations in the Western Region, as well as working on the technical team for the investigation of the crash of the S 92 off the coast of Newfoundland in 2009. Before that, Mr. Holt spent 15 years in the field as an aircraft maintenance engineer, mostly in remote and/or northern locations, on light and heavy helicopters. Previously, he had been a hoist operator for SAR activities and a helicopter maintenance engineer for the Canadian Coast Guard, and also worked at Transport Canada in the Enforcement Branch for a short time.

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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