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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 14 May 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Wheeler Airlines
Registration: CF-DME
MSN: 13177
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Arctic Bay, NU (   Canada)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Arctic Bay Airport, NU (YAB/CYAB), Canada
The DC-3 took off at 10:00 from a DEW-line site for a VFR cargo flight to Arctic Bay. Cruising altitude was 3000 feet. At 65 miles South of Arctic Bay the aircraft encountered a scattered to broken cloud or ice fog condition and the aircraft flew on or 10 minutes without visual reference to the ground. The DC-3 then collided with a 2800 feet high snow-covered mountaintop and became airborne again. With the engines on fire the plane crashed and burned.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft struck the ground while the pilot was flying on instruments in cloud in an area in which the height of the ground was uncertain."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (133-134)


photo of Douglas-C-47A-20-DK-CF-DME
accident date: 14-05-1958
type: Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3)
registration: CF-DME
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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