2017-12-13 WestWind ATR-42 crashed after take-off Fond Du Lac

2017-12-13 WestWind ATR-42 crashed after take-off Fond Du Lac

2017-12-13 WestWind ATR-42 crashed after take-off Fond Du Lac


The ATR-42 aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Fond Du Lac, Canada with 25 on board. All but one on board survived the accident.

UPDATE 2017-12-28

Flight WEW 280 took off from runway 28 at the Fond Du Lac Regional Airport (ZFD, CZFD) around 18:15L carrying 25 people on their way to Stony Rapids, a distance of about 75 kilometers / 48 miles.

Due to yet unclear circumstances, the twin turboprop ATR-42 aircraft lost height, impacted terrain and crashed into trees about 600 meters to the west of the runway immediately after getting airborne. According to media reports, there was no explosion or a larger fuel fire.

The cockpit and the fuselage was badly damaged by tree impact and the fuel tanks were ruptured. Leaking aviation fuel poured down the wings and on passengers and rescuers, but luckily there was no fire or any explosion and all 25 people survived.

RCMP and rescue units found the wreckage of the aircraft together with all on board alive. At least six were taken to the next hospital for medical treatment.

A number of passengers and crewmembers sustained severe injuries.

14 days after the accident, a male passenger (19) succumbed to his injuries making him the only fatality.

The 26-year-old aircraft is a hull loss.

One of the passengers on the plane says it began to shake violently to the right after takeoff. A series of bangs and scrapes were then heard as the ATR hit treetops before crashing to the ground. 

Canadian Transportation Safety Board dispatched investigators to the scene. an investigation has been opened. The plane crashed less than a kilometer away from the runway.

Based on the takeoff speed and the distance traveled, it would have been in the air for less than 17 seconds, a local media outlet reports. 


METAR: Fond Du Lac Airport (CZFD):

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Aircraft Involved

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Type: ATR-42
Registration: C-GWEA
Age a/c: 26,8  years
Constr. No.: 240
Former Operators.: West Wind Avn. since 2012, Fly540 2007-2012, Eagle Avn 1999-2001, Nordeste (Mex) 1991-1999

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  3 22 0 25
Fatalities 0 1 0 1
Injuries 0 24


Date: 2017-12-13 Time: ~18:15
Location: CZFD ZFD Fond Du Lac
Country: Canada
Flight phase:  ICL – Airborne – 1.000 ft AGL
Damage to a/c: hull loss

Flight no.: WEW 280
From: CZFD/ZFD: Fond Du Lac To: CYSF/YSF: Stony Rapids
Type: Passenger
Operator: West Wind Aviation

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 3rd safety occurence for the operator
  • 114th safety occurence of type (ATR-42)
  • 2nd safety occurence at Fond du Lac Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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