Keystone Air Service

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Keystone Air Service Ltd
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1985
Ceased operations 2015[1]
Hubs St. Andrews Airport
Focus cities St Andrews, Manitoba and Winnipeg
Fleet size 6
Destinations anywhere in North America (Canada and continental United States); as far north as Alert, Nunavut
Company slogan Your 'key' to Reliable Air Transportation
Headquarters Winnipeg, Manitoba
Key people Cliff 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.


Anywhere in North America


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 2 crew and 6 passengers crashed 2 kilometers from Thompson, Manitoba airport shortly after takeoff. All 8 people were transported to hospital. The crash was caused by the fueler mistakenly filling the plane with Jet fuel, instead of the required Avgas.[2]

In 2012, a Piper PA-31 carrying 5 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 passengers sustained serious injuries.[3][4]

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, one passenger subsequently died from their injuries.[5]

In 2001, a Piper PA-31 landed gear up on runway 13 in Winnipeg, MB. In a post accident investigation, the gear were found to have been in the fully retracted position at time of landing and no mechanical abnormality was found.[6]

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.[7]


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