Crash of a Douglas DC-3C in Yellowknife

Date & Time: Aug 19, 2013 at 1711 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-GWIR
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Yellowknife - Hay River
MSN:
9371
YOM:
1943
Flight number:
BFL168
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
21
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 16, while climbing to a height of 800 feet, right engine fired. Crew elected to return and obtained permission to land on runway 10. He made a right turn and on final approach, while performing a last turn to the right at low altitude, aircraft hit tree tops and missed power cables. Aircraft eventually came down 100 meters short of runway 10 on its belly and came to rest into a ditch. All 24 occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a BAe Jetstream 31 in Fort Smith

Date & Time: Nov 27, 2008 at 1515 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
C-FNAY
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Hay River - Fort Smith
MSN:
768
YOM:
1987
Flight number:
PLR734
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The Northwestern Air BAe Jetstream 31 was operating as PLR734 on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight from Hay River to Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. After conducting an IFR approach to Runway 11, PLR734 executed a missed approach and flew a full procedure approach for Runway 29. At approximately 0.2 nautical miles from the threshold, the crew sighted the approach strobe lights and continued for a landing. Prior to touchdown, the aircraft entered an aerodynamic stall and landed hard on the runway at 1515 mountain standard time. The aircraft remained on the runway despite the left main landing gear collapsing. The two flight crew members and three passengers were uninjured and evacuated the aircraft through the left main cabin door. There was no post-impact fire.
Probable cause:
Though icing conditions were encountered, the airframe de-icing boots were not cycled nor was the Vref speed increased to offset the effects of aircraft icing.
An abrupt change in aircraft configuration, which included a reduction in power to flight idle and the addition of 35° flap, caused the aircraft’s speed to rapidly decrease.
The aircraft entered an aerodynamic stall due to the decreased performance caused by the icing. There was insufficient altitude to recover the aircraft prior to impact with the runway.
Final Report:

Crash of a Bristol 170 Freighter 31M in Hay River: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 20, 1977
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FWAD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
13253
YOM:
1956
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Hay River, while climbing to a height of 200 feet, the crew lost control of the airplane that crashed near the airport. A pilot was killed while the second occupant was seriously injured.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the crew lost control of the airplane after the cargo shifted during initial climb. It is believed that the cargo was not properly stowed.

Crash of a Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso in Pine Point: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 3, 1971
Operator:
Registration:
CF-IDS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Hay River - Hay River
MSN:
CV-311
YOM:
1943
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The Canso departed Hay River with two pilots on a firefighting mission in the region of Pine Point. While flying at low height, circling around the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed in the same area, the Canso collided with a Field Aviation Catalina registered CF-HTN. Two pilots were on board the Catalina and were also engaged in a firefighting mission. Following the collision, both aircraft crashed and were destroyed, killing all four crew members.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina in Pine Point: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 3, 1971
Operator:
Registration:
CF-HTN
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Hay River - Hay River
MSN:
1637
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The Catalina departed Hay River with two pilots on a firefighting mission in the region of Pine Point. While flying at low height, circling around the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed in the same area, the Catalina collided with a Norcanair Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso registered CF-IDS. Two pilots were on board the Canso and were also engaged in a firefighting mission. Following the collision, both aircraft crashed and were destroyed, killing all four crew members.

Crash of a Noorduyn Norseman in Hay River

Date & Time: Dec 29, 1962
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CF-SAH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
21
YOM:
1938
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Hay River Airport, the single engine aircraft stalled and crashed. All four occupants were unhurt while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the loss of control was the consequence of an excessive accumulation of ice on wings and fuselage. For unknown reason, the aircraft has not been deiced prior to takeoff.