Bellanca Scout C-GBAZ - From the Investigator

Type: Bellanca Scout (C-GBAZ)
Location: Brandon, MB
Date: 20 June 2022

The accident involved a Bellanca Scout from the Northwest Cadet Region. The flight was part of the Air Cadet Gliding Program and in support of the summer glider pilot training. The Bellanca Scout aircraft is used to tow gliders to altitude where the glider would release from the tow plane and conduct their training mission.

The aircraft launched from the Brandon Airport Runway 26 with two Cadet Instructor Cadre Officers on board. The intent was to survey the approach paths and landing strips for use during the upcoming summer glider pilot training camp. During the initial landing attempt on the planned Tow Plane Landing Strip the aircraft encountered a significant amount of standing water. The aircraft rotated forward, allowing the propeller to contact the ground, then continue past vertical and coming to rest on its back.

The aircraft sustained very serious damage. Both the pilot and the passenger were not injured.

The investigation did not reveal any evidence of technical issues with the aircraft and is now focusing on procedures and human factors.

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Ballanca tow plane.
Photo: Cdt RJ Neufeld – RCAC, NW Region, Brandon Camp PAffO photographer.

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Ballanca tow plane.
Photo: Cdt RJ Neufeld – RCAC, NW Region, Brandon Camp PAffO photographer.

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