Crash of a Douglas C-117B Skytrain near Victoria: 5 killed

Date & Time: Nov 30, 1976
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N2010
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
18549/34130
YOM:
1945
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The airplane and its crew were engaged in a special operation to disperse sterile screw worms on behalf of the US Department of Agriculture. While flying at an altitude of 5,500 feet in marginal weather conditions and limited visibility, the airplane struck a mountain and was destroyed. All five occupants have been killed.

Crash of a Learjet 25 in Victoria: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jan 18, 1972 at 0745 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N658TC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Fort Worth - Victoria
MSN:
25-044
YOM:
1969
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Captain / Total flying hours:
15500
Circumstances:
During a non precision approach to Victoria County-Foster Airport, the crew encountered marginal weather conditions with fog. On short final, the crew failed to realize his altitude was too low when the airplane struck a pole located 1,7 mile short of runway 12L. The aircraft crashed in a field and was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire. All nine occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Improper IFR operation on part of the crew. The following factors were reported:
- The pilot-in-command misjudged altitude,
- Low ceiling and fog,
- Weather conditions below minimums,
- Lack of altitude awareness of crew on descent into known poor visibility,
- Illusory effect present due to the combination of fog and sun.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-60 Aerostar (Ted Smith 600) in Victoria

Date & Time: Dec 4, 1971 at 1800 LT
Registration:
N7497S
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Muskogee - Victoria
MSN:
60-0048-109
YOM:
1970
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2250
Captain / Total hours on type:
395.00
Circumstances:
While approaching Victoria Regional Airport, Texas, the pilot encountered poor weather conditions with low clouds and fog. On final, he descended below MDA when the twin engine airplane struck trees and crashed. All five occupants were injured, two of them seriously, and the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Improper IFR operation on part of the pilot. The following factors were reported:
- Flight and navigation instruments: altimeters,
- Improper clearance/tolerance,
- Inadequate maintenance and inspection,
- Low ceiling and fog,
- Weather slightly worse than forecast,
- The pilot descended below minimus, below MDA,
- Altitude read 130-140 feet too high,
- Pilot was not given updated weather by FSS.
Final Report:

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina in Shawnigan Lake: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 8, 1968 at 2045 LT
Registration:
CF-FFY
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Victoria - Victoria
MSN:
1842
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a fire fighting mission in Jarvis Lake on behalf of the BC Forest Service. While flying at low height, the airplane struck trees and crashed. Both pilots Thomas Swanson and Tom Worley were killed.
Probable cause:
Misjudgement of altitude on part of the crew.

Crash of a Consolidated PBV-1A Canso near Victoria: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 16, 1967 at 1740 LT
Registration:
CF-FFX
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Victoria - Victoria
MSN:
CV-293
YOM:
1941
Flight number:
Tanker 772
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
10300
Captain / Total hours on type:
500.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
3600
Copilot / Total hours on type:
53
Circumstances:
The crew was called at 1630LT for a forest fire that erupted on Skirt mountain near Victoria. The crew first made a scooping mission on the Saanich Inlet with more than 1,000 gallons of water. About an hour later, while flying at low height, the left wing of Tanker 772 struck a tree and the airplane crashed. Both pilots were killed, Alex Davidson (founder of The Flying Fireman) and Robert 'Paddy' Moore. The mission was completed on behalf of the BC Forest Service.
Probable cause:
Misjudgement of altitude on part of the flying crew.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft D18S in Victoria: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 9, 1964 at 1309 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N220J
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
A-315
YOM:
1946
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
8678
Captain / Total hours on type:
760.00
Circumstances:
While in cruising altitude in an uncontrolled airspace, the twin engine aircraft collided with a USN Grumman F11F-1 Tiger registered 141860. Following the collision, both aircraft dove into the ground and crashed in Victoria. Both pilots in both aircraft were killed.
Probable cause:
Both aircraft collided in an uncontrolled airspace at a horizontal 220° angle.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-1-DK in Port Hardy: 2 killed

Date & Time: Apr 19, 1944
Operator:
Registration:
FZ576
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Victoria - Port Hardy
MSN:
12111
YOM:
1943
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was conducting a training exercise from Victoria-Patricia Bay on behalf of the 32th OTU. On approach to Port Hardy, weather conditions were poor with a low visibility and the pilot was unable to localize the airport. The crew followed a circuit over the region but was eventually forced to attempt an emergency landing due to fuel exhaustion. The aircraft hit tree tops and crashed in a dense wooded area near Port Hardy. Two crew were killed while the third occupant was injured.
Crew (32th OTU):
P/O J. M. Talbot, †
P/O T. S. Wordlow, †
Sgt T. R. Moss.
Probable cause:
Fuel exhaustion.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.60M Moth in Esquimalt

Date & Time: Oct 3, 1938
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CF-AGM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
MSN:
1331
YOM:
1930
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in Esquimalt Harbor, near Victoria. Occupant fate unknown.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.60 Moth in Victoria

Date & Time: Mar 10, 1929
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
G-CAKA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Victoria - Victoria
MSN:
448
YOM:
1928
Country:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach, at a height of 50 feet, aircraft stalled and crashed. While the pilot was injured, the aircraft was destroyed. For unknown reason, engine stopped on final approach.