Seair

From Dominion of British Columbia
Seair
Headquarters 4640 Inglis Drive
Richmond R2 1WD
IATA code SE
ICAO code SS1
Call sign SEAIR
Hubs Vancouver–Coal Harbour Water Airport, Vancouver
Services Scheduled domestic, charter

Seair is a commercial airline in British Columbia offering domestic scheduled services to seven destinations and charter services using seaplanes.

History

Seair was established in 1997.

Incidents

  • 28 December 1999: Cessna 208 Caravan 675 VB-GGG (c/n 208-00310/1999), operating a charter flight from Abbotsford to the Bahama Islands, West Indies, crashed on take-off. Departing for the first leg of the trip, to Billings, Montana, USA, as the aircraft was climbing through 400 feet above ground level, it became uncontrollable as the pilot retracted the flaps from ten to zero degrees; the aircraft then banked left before descending rapidly and crashing into a field about half a mile south of the runway threshold, in a left bank with a nearly level pitch attitude. The aircraft had been 510 lbs over its MTOW and icing on the wings reduced the lift being produced, leading to an aerodynamic stall when the flaps were retracted. The pilot and five passengers all escaped safely.
  • 26 July 2019: Cessna 208 Caravan 675 VB-GRL (c/n 208-00501/2008), operating a charter flight from Vancouver to a fishing lodge 66 miles northwest of Port Hardy, crashed into Addenbroke Island in heavy fog. The lone pilot and three of the eight passengers aboard were killed.
  • 21 February 2020: De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver VB-ZZJ (c/n 1019/1956) was damaged after being stolen from its mooring at Sir James Spilsbury International Water Airport in Coal Harbour, Vancouver and impacted an unoccupied Harbour Air DHC-3T Turbo Otter that was also moored at the dock. The Beaver suffered significant damage to its wing, but was repaired and returned to service.
  • 15 July 2021: Cessna 208 Caravan 675 VB-GSS (c/n 208-00341/2001), escaped from its dock after engine startup, pulling the untied guide rope out of the dockhand's hand, and travelled forwards until striking the rear of a Harbour Air Turbo Otter moored at the dock. After the strike, the pilot of VB-GSS shut the engine down. There were no injuries; the Caravan sustained substantial damage, but was repaired and returned to service.

Fleet

Seair operate a total of five aircraft.

Current

Type In svce On order Introduced Seats Range (nmi) Notes
Beriev Be-103 3 0 2004 5Y 460
Cessna 208 Caravan 675 3 0 1999 9Y 1,070
DHBC-6 Twin Otter 2 0 1997 20Y 771
DHC-2 Beaver 1 0 1997 6Y 395

BC-made aircraft

Note: a green background indicates an aircraft in service, a yellow background indicates a retired aircraft, and a pink background indicates an aircraft lost in an accident.

Type Registration C/n Blt Acquisition Disposal
DHBC-6 Twin Otter VB-SEA C996 1969 1997, bought from Pacific Western, converted to floatplane in service
DHBC-6 Twin Otter VB-SEB C997 1969 1997, bought from Pacific Western, converted to floatplane in service

Other aircraft

Type Registration C/n Blt Acquisition Disposal
Beriev Be-103 VB-SEC 3143 2004 2004, delivered new in service
Beriev Be-103 VB-SED 3144 2004 2004, delivered new in service
Beriev Be-103 VB-SEE 3145 2004 2004, delivered new in service
Cessna 208 Caravan 675 VB-GGG 208-00310 1999 1999, delivered new 1999, destroyed
Cessna 208 Caravan 675 VB-GMW 208-00528 2011 2011, delivered new in service
Cessna 208 Caravan 675 VB-GRL 208-00501 2008 2008, delivered new 2019, destroyed
Cessna 208 Caravan 675 VB-GSS 208-00341 2001 2001, delivered new in service
Cessna 208 Caravan 675 VB-GUS 208-00592 2017 2001, delivered new in service
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver VB-OCG 1000 1956 1997, bought from private owner (BC) in service
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver VB-ZZJ 1019 1956 1997, bought from private owner (BC) 2017, sold to private buyer (BC)

Routes

Entries with a green background indicates a destination in British Columbia.

Airport Service area Destination Aircraft Notes
Campbell River Harbour (XHC) Domestic Vancouver–Coal Harbour (XXH) Be-103
Ganges (XGS) Domestic Vancouver (XVR) Be-103
Nanaimo Harbour (XZN) Domestic Vancouver (XVR) DHBC-6
Vancouver–Coal Harbour (XXH) DHBC-6
Pender Harbour (XPH) Domestic Vancouver (XVR) Be-103
Tahsis (XTS) Domestic Vancouver (XVR) Be-103, DHBC-6
Vancouver (XVR) Domestic Ganges (XGS) Be-103
Nanaimo Harbour (XZN) DHBC-6
Pender Harbour (XPH) Be-103
Tahsis (XTS) Be-103, DHBC-6
Vancouver–Coal Harbour (XXH) Domestic Campbell River Harbour (XHC) Be-103
Nanaimo Harbour (XZN) DHBC-6