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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 17 March 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Canadian Air Force - RCAF
Registration: FL650
C/n / msn: 12079
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:off British Columbia (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Patricia Bay RCAF Station, BC (YYJ/CYYJ), Canada
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Douglas Dakota III FL650 operated on a night navigation exercise. The airplane took off at 19:40 hours. Last contact was at 21:58 hours. Despite an exhaustive search for aircraft and crew nothing was found and the they were classed as missing believed killed.
Two oxygen cylinders of a type used by this aircraft were later recovered in the Pearse Island Group, northern Vancouver Island, and might be the only trace found of this aircraft.

Sources:
» Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers RCAF FK177 to FL999
» evasioncomete.org
» rafcommands.com
» rafcommands.com


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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