Date & Time: Sep 7, 1976
Type of aircraft:
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (DC-3)
Charter (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Winnipeg - Lethbridge - Vernon
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
En route from Lethbridge to Vernon, while cruising at an altitude of 12,000 feet, the pilot declared an emergency to ATC after a fire erupted in the rear of the cabin. The crew reduced his altitude and decided to divert to Pincher Creek Airport but fire and smoke spread in the cabin. In such conditions, the crew attempted an emergency landing in an open field located 8 km east of Brocket. The airplane landed and came to rest in flames. While all 28 occupants were able to evacuate uninjured, the aircraft was destroyed.
An unknown fire erupted in the passenger cabin, near the washroom.