Investigation report: fatal injury of a pilot during ground operations in Port Hardy, British Columbia, in December 2020

Richmond, British Columbia, 25 June 2021 — Today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its investigation report (A20P0105) into the fatal injury of a pilot that occurred on December 7th, 2020 during ground operations of a Wilderness Seaplanes Ltd. de Havilland DHC-2 Mk. I.

The TSB conducted a limited-scope, fact-gathering investigation into this occurrence to advance transportation safety through greater awareness of potential safety issues.

See the investigation page for more information.

The occurrence

On 7 December 2020, C-FDSG, a float-equipped de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver aircraft operated by Wilderness Seaplanes, was being prepared to conduct a flight from Port Hardy Water Aerodrome (CAW5), British Columbia to a local logging camp. The pilot went to the dock to prepare the aircraft for the flight and approximately 15 minutes later, was found injured in the water. First aid was administered on site and first responders transported the pilot to the hospital. The pilot died two days later.