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Air transportation safety investigation A18C0018

The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 30 October 2018.

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Brake failure and ground collision

Private Cessna Citation Bravo 550, N4AT
Morningstar Partners Ltd., Bombardier CL-600-2B16, C-FXWT
Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, Manitoba

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The occurrence

In the afternoon of , a privately registered Cessna C550 Citation Bravo aircraft was preparing to depart from the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, Manitoba for Bedford, Massachusetts. After the engines were started under the guidance of a ground marshaller, the C550 began to taxi for the departure. During the initial turn from the parking area, aircraft control was lost and the C550's right wing collided with the nose gear of a parked Bombardier CL-600-2B16 aircraft (Challenger 605). The pilot of the C550 subsequently shutdown the aircraft and exited with the sole passenger on board.

The right wing of the C550 was substantially damaged, causing a fuel leak on the apron. The right wing of the Challenger 605 was also damaged in the collision by the nose of the C550. Local emergency services were advised of the collision and the fuel leak. Airport rescue and firefighting services were dispatched to the site, and the fuel leak was contained.

No injuries were reported. The TSB is investigating.

Media materials

News release


Investigation report: April 2018 brake failure and ground collision in Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Deployment notice


TSB deploys a team of investigators to a ground collision at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, Manitoba

The Transportation Safety Board is deploying a team of investigators to a ground collision between two private jet aircraft at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, Manitoba. No reported injuries. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of Eric Vermettee

Eric Vermette joined the TSB in 2014 as a Regional Senior Investigator – Operations, for the Central Region and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He holds a current airline transport pilot's license and has accumulated over 5000 hours of flight time on various jet and propeller aircraft. He has been the Manager, Central Region Operations for the TSB Air Investigation Branch since 2015.

Prior to joining the TSB, Mr. Vermette worked for over 13 years in civil aviation including experience as a training pilot and as a check pilot. He also has over 5 years of experience as Chief Pilot in CAR 703, 704 and 705 operations. Mr. Vermette has flown in all parts of Canada and the USA and has extensive medevac flying experience.


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Class of investigation

This is a class 4 investigation. These investigations are limited in scope, and while the final reports may contain limited analysis, they do not contain findings or recommendations. Class 4 investigations are generally completed within 220 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.