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Last updated: 25 October 2021
Date:Friday 13 December 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Harbour Air
Registration: CF-RNO
MSN: 21
First flight: 1954
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Schaft Creek Airstrip, BC (   Canada)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Schaft Creek Airstrip, BC, Canada
Destination airport:?
The ski-equipped Otter was parked outside overnight at Schaft Creek Airstrip, BC, Canada. Prior to departure a layer of ice on the upper surfaces of the wings had not been completely removed. The pilot took off at near-maximum permissible loading and climbed away slowly in a right turn after a long ground run. There was insufficient altitude to cross a mountain pass ahead and as the turn rate was increased to avoid the mountain, the aircraft stalled and came down on the snow-covered western slope of the mountain pass.

Loss of control



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