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.
|Date:||29 SEP 1955|
|Type:||Avro 685 York C.1|
|C/n / msn:|| ?|
|First flight:|| 1944|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||ca 180 km N of Beaverlodge, SK (Canada)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Destination airport:||Yellowknife Airport, NT (YZF/CYZF), Canada|
» Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph - Oct 12, 1955
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.