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Aviation Investigation Report A16W0092

The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 29 January 2018.

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Nose landing gear failure to extend

Air Georgian Limited
Beechcraft 1900D, C-GORF
Calgary International Airport, Alberta

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The occurrence

On 12 July 2016, an Air Georgian Limited Beechcraft 1900D (serial number UE-330, registration C-GORF) was operating as Air Canada Express flight GGN7212 from Lethbridge Airport, Alberta, to Calgary International Airport, Alberta, with 2 crew members and 15 passengers on board. When the landing gear was selected down for the approach into Calgary, the flight crew observed that there was no gear-safe indication for the nose landing gear. The flight circled east of Calgary for about an hour while the pilots attempted to rectify the problem. An emergency was declared. The aircraft landed at 0720 Mountain Daylight Time, during daylight hours, with the nose gear in a partially extended position. No fire occurred, and there were no injuries.

Media materials

News release


TSB releases final report into July 2016 nose landing gear failure in Calgary, Alberta
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Deployment notice


TSB deploys a team of investigators to the Calgary International Airport to assess a landing occurrence

Edmonton, Alberta, 12 July 2016 - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to the Calgary International Airport concerning the landing gear malfunction of an Air Georgian Beech 1900D. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of Barry Holt

Barry Holt has been an air safety investigator at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) since 2001. He has been investigator-in-charge on over 300 class 5 and 20 class 3 investigations in the Western Region, and was part of the technical team that investigated the collision with water of the Cougar Helicopters' Sikorsky S-92A (A09A0016) off the coast of Newfoundland in 2009.

Before that, Mr. Holt spent 15 years in the field as an aircraft maintenance engineer, mostly in remote and/or northern locations, on light and heavy helicopters. Previously, he had been a hoist operator for search and rescue activities and a senior helicopter maintenance engineer for the Canadian Coast Guard, and also worked at Transport Canada in the Enforcement Branch for a short time.

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Class of investigation

This is a class 3 investigation. These investigations analyze a small number of safety issues, and may result in recommendations. Class 3 investigations are generally completed within 450 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB 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.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.