CL-415 encounters problem on Newfoundland lake

(Originally published at 1:12 pm MDT, July 4, 2013)

Reports are preliminary and a little vague at this point, but a CL-415 air tanker had a problem during or shortly after it was scooping water on a lake in western Newfoundland Wednesday. Both pilots are OK but were being checked out in a hospital as a precaution. The Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Transportation and Works confirmed that they were notified about the incident at about 3:30 p.m. that the aircraft had a problem while scooping water at Moosehead Lake near the town of Wabush.

The CBC reported that the Bombardier CL-415 lost power shortly after picking up the water and the pilot and co-pilot managed to turn the aircraft around and land safely on the lake. They got out and stood on the wing until they were rescued.

CTV News quotes Bruce Mullen of the Transportation Safety Board’s Atlantic region office as saying, “When the aircraft was riding along the surface of the water, picking up water, it appears that something went amiss and the aircraft had an incident and impacted the water.” He didn’t know the extent of the damage to the plane but it was still floating on the surface of the lake, he said.


(UPDATE at 10 a.m. MDT, July 7, 2013)

From the Telegram, July 5:

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation and Works said it was working on a plan to retrieve the Bombardier 415 water bomber from Moosehead Lake. He said it is not known how long that process might take.

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6 thoughts on “CL-415 encounters problem on Newfoundland lake”

  1. Accident involved Tanker 286 (C-FIZU).
    Model: CL-215-6B11 (CL-415) built in 2010.
    CADORS #: 2013A0595 (For accident updates on Transport Canada website.)

  2. The aircraft has been recovered from Moose Head Lake by the team at JD Aero Technical and the aircraft is in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario. The aircraft is in the process of being parted out and all interested parties should contact

    1. Mr. Peterson sent us more information about this by email:

      JD Aero Technical Ltd in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada have purchased a Bombardier CL-415 water bomber (manufactured in 2010 and serial numbered 2076) that was operated by the Newfoundland Government. The aircraft was in an incident in Wabush NL while scooping water at Moose Head Lake. The aircraft was partially submerged (up to the wings) in fresh water. We have recovered the aircraft which is now in Sault Ste. Marie. Aircraft times are 461.0 hours with 349 cycles. The aircraft is now being parted out to interested parties and I thought that your readers might be interested.

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