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Assistance to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada – Collision with terrain involving Swearingen SA227AC, C-FFZN, Red Lake, Ontario, Canada on 10 November 2013

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 10 November 2013, while conducting an approach to the Red Lake Airport, at Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, the crew of a Fairchild-Swearingen SA227AC (Metroliner) aircraft declared an emergency. Shortly after, the aircraft struck trees and a powerline before crashing south of the airport. The aircraft was destroyed by the impact and fire. The two crewmembers and three of the passengers sustained fatal injuries. The remaining two passengers escaped with non-life-threatening injuries.

An investigation into the circumstances of this accident is being carried out by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada. The TSB investigation can be accessed at www.bst-tsb.gc.ca/eng/, reference A13C0150.

On 5 November 2014 the TSB requested Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) assistance in gathering information on two recent engine failures involving Australian‑registered Metroliner aircraft, with a view to identifying any commonality with the Red Lake accident. In accordance with paragraph 5.23 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, the ATSB appointed an accredited representative to the TSB investigation. To facilitate this support, the ATSB initiated an external investigation under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. The information gathered by the ATSB was provided to the TSB on 11 November 2014.

The TSB is responsible for, and will administer the release of the final investigation report into this accident. Any enquiries regarding the TSB investigation should, in the first instance, be directed to:

Director Investigations - Air
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
200 Promenade du Portage
Place du Centre, 4th floor
Gatineau Québec, K1A 1K8

Tel: +1 819-994-3741
Fax: +1 819-997-2239

General enquiries email: communications@bst-tsb.gc.ca




Released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

General details
Date: 10 November 2013   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Red Lake, Ontario, Canada    
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 18 December 2014   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model Fairchild-Swearingen SA227AC (Metroliner)  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Last update 14 November 2018