Accident Piper PA-34-200T C-GPRL,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 23410
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Date:Thursday 30 October 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-34-200T
Owner/operator:McMurray Aviation
Registration: C-GPRL
MSN: 34-7570090
Year of manufacture:1975
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Lac La Loche, 10 km W of La Loche, Saskatchewan -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Fort McMurray (YMM)
Destination airport:La Loche, SK
Investigating agency: TSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Piper PA-34-200T Seneca departed Fort McMurray, Alberta, on a 62 nautical mile (nm) charter flight to La Loche, Saskatchewan, with a crew of one pilot and five passengers on board. The aircraft departed at 1750 mountain standard time (MST), and was expected back in Fort McMurray at 1930. The aircraft failed to arrive.

The wreckage was located on the afternoon of the following day. The pilot and one of the passengers died at the time of the accident. One passenger succumbed to her injuries the following morning, before help arrived. The three surviving passengers were taken by military aircraft to La Loche and then to Fort McMurray, with serious injuries. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post-crash fire.

The pilot continued flight into adverse weather and lighting conditions which did not enable him to avoid collision with terrain. Contributing factors to this occurrence were the aircraft's unserviceability for single pilot IFR flight and the lack of guidance to company pilots as to weather limits for night VFR flight.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


1. CADORS 1997C0766

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
29-Mar-2015 16:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
24-Feb-2019 17:56 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn]
23-Oct-2023 19:28 harro Updated [[Cn]]

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