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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Date:Wednesday 18 September 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-580
Operator:Canair Cargo
Registration: C-FICA
C/n / msn: 98
First flight: 1953
Total airframe hrs:39323
Engines: 2 Allison 501-D13D
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Belvidere Center, VT (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Moncton-Metropolitan Area Airport, NB (YQM/CYQM), Canada
Destination airport:Hamilton Airport, ON (YHM/CYHM), Canada
While cruising at FL160, 50 km NE of Burlington VOR, Boston ARTCC cleared the flight for a 30deg. turn left. The aircraft stabilized and then turned further left. The aircraft broke up and crashed in mountainous terrain. The pilot probably experienced spatial disorientation.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the first officer (co-pilot) to maintain control of the aircraft after becoming spatially disoriented, and his exceeding the design stress limits of the aircraft. Factors related to the accident were: the lack of two pilots in the cockpit, darkness, and instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) at flight altitude. "

Fuselage failure
Loss of control

» ICAO Adrep Summary 4/94 (#68)
» Scramble Vol.13, nr.05


photo of Convair CV-580 C-FICA
C-FICA was bought consecutively by Kelowna, de Havilland Canada, Commuter Express and Canair Cargo
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Moncton-Metropolitan Area Airport, NB to Hamilton Airport, ON as the crow flies is 1239 km (775 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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