Keystone Air Service

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Keystone Air Service Ltd
IATA ICAO Callsign
Ceased operations2015[1]
HubsSt. Andrews Airport
Focus citiesSt Andrews, Manitoba and Winnipeg
Fleet size6
DestinationsAnywhere in North America (Canada and continental United States); as far north as Alert, Nunavut
HeadquartersWinnipeg, Manitoba
Key peopleCliff Arlt - President
Keystone Air Service Beech 200 at Cambridge Bay Airport

Keystone Air Service Ltd. was an airline that served Manitoba, Canada, with charter services to anywhere in North America. Keystone had been flying since 1985 and provided air charter service to as far north as Alert, Nunavut. In 2015 merged into Wings over Kississing.[2]


Anywhere in North America[citation needed]


The Keystone Air Service fleet included:

Aircraft Variant Count Passengers
Beechcraft Super King Air 200 3 12

(8 in executive)

Piper PA-31 Chieftain 1 9
Piper PA-31 Navajo 1 7
Beechcraft Model 99 B99 1 14

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On September 15, 2015, a Piper PA-31 with two crew and six passengers crashed 2 kilometers from Thompson, Manitoba airport shortly after takeoff. All eight people were transported to hospital. The crash was caused by the fueler mistakenly filling the plane with jet fuel, instead of the required Avgas.[3]
  • In 2012, a Piper PA-31 carrying five passengers stalled on final approach and crashed near North Spirit Lake, Ontario due to adverse weather and icing conditions. The aircraft was destroyed and four passengers (including the pilot) were killed, while one passenger sustained serious injuries.[4][5]
  • In 2002, a Piper PA-31-350 ran out of fuel and crashed at an intersection in Winnipeg, MB after a missed approach to Winnipeg International Airport runway 36. All seven passengers and several occupants in a vehicle on the ground were injured in the crash, and one passenger subsequently died from injuries.[6]
  • In 2001, a Piper PA-31 landed gear up on runway 13 in Winnipeg, MB. In a post-accident investigation, the gear was found to have been in the fully retracted position at the time of landing and no mechanical abnormality was found.[7]
  • In 2000, a Piper PA-31 crashed in a wooded area 2 miles from the Winnipeg International Airport after the right engine failed due to substantial water in the fuel tank.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Keystone Air suspended by Transport Canada - Winnipeg |". Global News. Archived from the original on 2018-09-09.
  2. ^ "Keystone Air Service". ch-aviation. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Plane crashes in northern Manitoba; 8 injured". 15 September 2015.
  4. ^ [bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ "Plane crash in northwestern Ontario kills 4 | CBC News".
  6. ^ [bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ "Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Report System". 24 January 2013.
  8. ^ [bare URL PDF]

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