Tindi DHC6 near Ft. Providence on Nov 1st 2021, forced landing outside airport due to running out of fuel

Last Update: December 2, 2021 / 19:16:55 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 1, 2021

Classification
Accident

Airline
Air Tindi

Flight number
8T-223

Aircraft Registration
C-GNPS

ICAO Type Designator
DHC6

An Air Tindi de Havilland DHC-6-300, registration C-GNPS performing flight 8T-223 from Yellowknife,NT to Fort Simpson,NT (Canada) with 3 passengers and 2 crew, was enroute about 40 minutes into the flight when the crew decided to divert to Fort Providence,NT (Canada) due to lack of fuel. The aircraft was unable to reach the airport and was forced to land at approx. position N61.4255 W117.8167 about 8.5nm northwest of the aerodrome. There were no injuries to passengers and crew.

The TSB reported, the passengers and crew were recovered about 8 hours after the forced landing. The occurrence was rated an accident and a class 3 investigation has been opened.

The company reported the aircraft ran out of fuel. The crew reported a malfunction of the aircraft while still airborne and diverting to Fort Providence, about 2-3 minutes prior to estimated landing the crew realized they won't make it to the runway. They then lost contact with the crew for about 15 minutes, then the crew called again. The cause of why the aircraft ran out of fuel is under investigation.

The volunteer fire fighting department of Fort Providence reported the aircraft looked fairly intact commenting a normal aircraft had landed in a swamp. The aircraft came to rest in swampland covered by a couple of inches of ice which broke under the aircraft. The water was about two feet deep. They were able to walk to the aircraft though and take the occupants to safety in night conditions across the swamp reassuring the occupants there was hot coffee and warmth awaiting them.

On Nov 13th 2021 the TSB opened their investigation page, provided information about the final location of the aircraft and stated: "Approximately 40 minutes into the flight, the flight crew diverted to Fort Providence Airport, Northwest Territories. At 1847, a forced landing was performed 6.7 nautical miles northwest of Fort Providence Airport. The occupants were rescued approximately 5 hours after the forced landing. There were no injuries." (Editorial note: based on the map provided by the TSB it is obvious the 6.7nm are to the village of Fort Providence, but 8.5nm to the airport).
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 1, 2021

Classification
Accident

Airline
Air Tindi

Flight number
8T-223

Aircraft Registration
C-GNPS

ICAO Type Designator
DHC6

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