Float damanged on AT-802A after engine failure during training

File photo of an Air Tractor 802-F. Air Tractor photo.

An engine failure on Conair’s amphibious Air Tanker 699, an Air Tractor AT-802A, during training resulted in damage to a float upon landing. The incident occurred April 11, 2015 on Harrison Lake, BC, 33 nm NNE of Abbotsford.

Below is an excerpt from a Transportation Safety Board of Canada report:

…The aircraft was a 2-seat model conducting the fourth touch and go exercise. On the departure, the trainee was given a simulated engine failure at 700 feet above the surface. Following the emergency drill, the training pilot requested a go-around at 400 feet. When engine (PT6A-67F) power was commanded, flames were observed coming from the exhaust stacks and the engine was reduced to idle power and shut down. The emergency landing was carried out straight ahead but was hard and a bounce resulted in float damage. The FCU [fuel control unit] will be torn down for examination at the manufacturer’s facilities.

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4 thoughts on “Float damanged on AT-802A after engine failure during training”

  1. Remember this the next time someone tells you, “PT6 engines are as reliable as the sun!” Everything mechanical fails, be prepared.

  2. Been a rash of pt6 failures in caravans over the last few years. Amen to last comment, always be ready!

  3. Gents, there’s little need to state the obvious. In the above incident, that’s precisely what the crew were doing: practicing for the event of an engine failure. This from a company that operates the continent’s largest fleet with that specific engine type. I doubt there’s many professional pilots with any real experience that fall under the illusion that turbine engines are infallible.

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