Aviation Investigation A14O0218

Loss of control on landing

The occurrence

The Sky Regional Airlines DHC-8-400 (flight 7519, registration C-FSRN) was landing on runway 26 at the Toronto/Billy Bishop Airport in light rain. The aircraft touched down approximately 1000 feet from the threshold of runway 26, however did not slow in a timely manner. As the aircraft approached the departure end of runway 26, it became apparent that a runway excursion was possible. The flight crew steered the aircraft toward taxiway ALPHA, using both differential braking and the tiller system. The aircraft came to rest in the area of taxiway ALPHA and runway 26/08 intersection, facing a heading of 050 degrees. There were no injuries nor any damage to the aircraft reported. The incident occurred October 3, 2014; however, the TSB was not notified until October 31, 2014. The TSB is investigating.

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Photo of Ken Webster

Ken Webster joined the TSB team in 2005, and works as a Regional Senior Investigator (Air) out of the Ontario office. Mr. Webster has been investigator-in-charge in numerous TSB investigations, and assisted in several others, involving airplane, helicopter and air traffic control. Prior to the TSB he worked in civil aviation for 20 years, in several different capacities. As a pilot, Mr. Webster has flown numerous aircraft types throughout Canada and the US.

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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