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C-GNCH, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft operated by Sunwing Airlines, was conducting flight SWG429 from Punta Cana Intl, Dominican Republic (MDPC) to Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl, QC (CYUL) with 6 crew members and 187 passengers on board. During refueling at MDPC before the departure, fuel began leaking out. ARFF was requested and attended to the aircraft until the situation was rectified. The flight continued to destination without further incident.
C-FTJR, an Airbus 320-200 aircraft operated by Air Canada, was conducting flight ACA1219 from Orlando Intl, FL (KMCO) to Halifax/Stanfield Intl, NS (CYHZ). During the climb to cruising altitude after the departure from KMCO, the flight crew heard a thump from the belly as the aircraft climbed through FL240. Since no abnormal indications were noted on the flight deck, the flight continued to destination. When the landing gear was selected down on the approach to CYHZ, there was no response. The flight crew declared an emergency, executed a missed approach and performed a manual extension of the landing gear. The aircraft landed normally and the aircraft was brought to a full stop on the runway as the nose wheel steering is disabled in manual extension. The operator’s maintenance was called to tow the aircraft to the gate and observed that one of the left main tires was flat. Additionally, damage to the landing gear doors was observed.
The tire had exploded in the climb causing the noise and damage to the landing gear doors. The tire is being analyzed to determine the cause.
C-GMDQ, a privately operated Cirrus SR22 aircraft, was conducting a flight from Bedford County, PA (KHMZ) to Massena Intl/Richards Field, NY (KMSS) with one pilot and 2 passengers on board. While flying on an Instrument Flight Plan (IFR) at 9000 feet ASL in the vicinity of Lowville, NY, the pilot inadvertently allowed the aircraft to enter an unusual attitude and got spatially disoriented. As a precaution, the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) was deployed. While the aircraft descended with the parachute, the pilot shut the engine down and declared a Mayday. The aircraft landed vertically upright and all 3 occupants evacuated the aircraft with minor injuries. Subsequently, the wind dragged the aircraft and flipped it inverted, causing substantial damage.
C-FUSF, a privately operated Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche aircraft, was conducting a flight from Morgantown/Municipal-Walter L Bill Hart Field, WV (KMGW) to Toronto/Billy Bishop Toronto City, ON (CYTZ) with 2 persons on board. Shortly after touchdown on Runway 26 at CYTZ, the aircraft veered to the right and departed the runway surface onto the grass. The nose gear collapsed and the aircraft came to rest on the main landing gear. There were no injuries, however the aircraft was substantially damaged.
C-GJIG, a Bombardier DHC-8-100 aircraft operated by Jazz Aviation LP, was conducting flight JZA756 from Rouyn-Noranda, QC (CYUY) to Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl, QC (CYUL) with 3 crew members and 33 passengers on board. During cruise flight, the cabin crew reported smoke coming out from the ceiling at Row 6AC. The flight crew donned their oxygen masks and declared an emergency which was later cancelled as the smoke had dissipated. The aircraft continued to destination where an uneventful landing was carried out.
Following a post flight inspection, the cabin zone temperature sensor was found to be faulty. The sensor was replaced as per Aircraft Maintenance Manual 21-60-44 and the aircraft was returned to service.
ATC audio communications from the Southwest 1380 flight which sustained an uncontained engine failure which resulted in one passenger losing her life. Remarkable, calm, professional by all involved in this emergency, least of which by the flight crew of SW 1380.
“Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.”