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Last updated: 27 October 2021
Date:Thursday 27 December 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso (PBY-5A)
Operator:Austin Airways
Registration: CF-FAR
MSN: CV-415
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Timmins Airport, ON (YTS) (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kapuskasing Airport, ON (YYU/CYYU), Canada
Destination airport:Timmins Airport, ON (YTS/CYTS), Canada
At 20:15 hours the Canso took off from Kapuskasing Airport, ON (YYU) for Timmins Airport, ON (YTS), carrying two crew and one passenger. Twenty minutes later the left engine lost power, followed shortly thereafter by loss of power on the right engine. An immediate landing was carried out during which the copilot was seriously injured, and the aircraft was destroyed.

The wreckage was later salvaged for spare parts.

Probable Cause:

Probable Causes: "Due to fuel starvation, both engines stopped and an immediate forced landing was made. For reasons which were not determined, an electrically-operated fuel valve failed to function properly and prevented the flow of fuel from the right tank."

Fuel exhaustion
Forced landing outside airport

» Consolidated production list / G. Goodall
» The Calgary Herald 15 January 1958, p45


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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 Kapuskasing Airport, ON to Timmins Airport, ON as the crow flies is 122 km (76 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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