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Last updated: 20 September 2021
Date:Wednesday 22 September 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
Operator:Airwest Airlines
Registration: C-FAWF
MSN: 67
First flight: 1967
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 19
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Mosher Creek, BC (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bella Bella/Shearwater Water Aerodrome, BC (YSX), Canada
Destination airport:Babine Lake, BC, Canada
The Twin Otter was carrying out a circling climb procedure within the confines of a narrow valley in order to clear a 6000 feet ridge. Trying to clear a ridge at 4500 feet a steep turn was carried out. Sensing an impending stall, the pilot leveled the wings and flew the aircraft into the trees in a nose high attitude.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain


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