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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Sunday 4 January 2009
Time:19:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Basler BT-67 Turbo 67 (DC-3T)
Operator:ALCI Aviation
Registration: C-GEAJ
C/n / msn: 26120
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67R
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Tony Camp (   Antarctica)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Novolazarevskaya Station, Antarctica
Destination airport:Tony Camp, Antarctica
Narrative:
The Douglas DC-3C Basler turbo-conversion aircraft was on a cargo flight from Novolazarevskaya Station to Tony Camp, transporting spare parts for the cross-country vehicles of a British expedition in Antarctica. The aircraft was flown to destination without incident, where it circled the camp twice for inspection fly-bys of the field. The aircraft was on a trial approach run at 200ft AGL, during which the contrast was poor and conditions were exacerbated by a sudden drop in visibility. The aircraft was inadvertently descended and it flew into the ground. The aircraft came to rest in an upright attitude and intact condition.
Damage on initial inspection included both propellers, both engines, flaps and possible landing gear damage.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: No formal investigation conducted
Accident number: A09F0002

Sources:
» Supply plane crashes in Antarctica, passengers survive (RIA Novosti, 5-1-2009)
» CADORS Number: 2009O0047


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Distance from Novolazarevskaya Station to Tony Camp as the crow flies is 363 km (227 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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