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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 29 September 1955
Time:13:10
Type:Avro 685 York C.1
Operator:Associated Airways
Registration: CF-HMV
C/n / msn:
First flight: 1944
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 180 km N of Beaverlodge, SK (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Yellowknife Airport, NT (YZF/CYZF), Canada
Narrative:
The Avro York was returning to Yellowknife after delivering supplies at a Distant Early Warning (DEW) radar line site when it was ditched in the Thoa River due to fuel exhaustion. The airplane partially submerged but both pilot got out safely. The water was too cold to swim to the shore, but they were able to climb onto a wing flap. They were not able to recover any emergency equipment or food. The captain died within two days. The co-pilot was found alive by a search-and-rescue plane after ten days.

Classification:
Fuel starvation
Ditching

Sources:
» Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph - Oct 12, 1955


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