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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 17 December 1983
Time:13:10 MST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 200
Operator:Inuvik Coastal Airways
Registration: C-FGJK
C/n / msn: 213
First flight: 1969
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Paulatuk Airport, NT (YPC) (   Canada)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Inuvik/Mike Zubko Airport, NT (YEV/CYEV), Canada
Destination airport:Paulatuk Airport, NT (YPC/CYPC), Canada
Narrative:
Weather conditions for Paulatuk included a strong crosswind at 25-30 knots and blowing snow. The pilot attempted to carry out an overshoot, but the left wing contacted the ground and the aircraft cartwheeled. This happened during a transition from visual to instrument flight. The aircraft was overloaded by 840 lb.

Probable Cause:

FINDINGS: "1.The Paulatuk aerodrome runway is not oriented to correspond with the prevailing winds.; 2. Environment Canada does not produce an aerodrome forecast for Paulatuk.; 3. As the aircraft landed, the cross-wind from the right increased appreciably reducing visibility in blowing snow.; 4. During the overshoot, as the pilot was making the transition from visual to instrument flight conditions, control of the aircraft was lost.; 5. The aircraft was overloaded."

Classification:
Turbulence
Overloaded
Loss of control

Follow-up / safety actions
The CASB issued one safety recommendation: CASB-85-28 asking the DoT to warn pilots to expect adverse cross-wind conditions at Paulatuk.

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Distance from Inuvik/Mike Zubko Airport, NT to Paulatuk Airport, NT as the crow flies is 393 km (245 miles).

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