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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Date:Saturday 28 September 2002
Time:ca 11:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Deraps Aviation
Registration: C-FLGA
MSN: 279
First flight: 1959
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:105 km (65.6 mls) N of Natashquan, QC (   Canada)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lake de l'Avion, QC, Canada
Destination airport:Aguanish River, QC, Canada
The DHC-3 Otter took off from Lake de l'Avion near Natashquan Airport at approximately 10:50 on a flight to a hunting camp 57 miles to the north along the Aguanish River. Upon arriving at the destination the aircraft flew over part of the neighbouring forest before crashing upside down on rugged ground.

Probable Cause:

FINDINGS AS TO CAUSES AND CONTRIBUTING FACTORS: "Because of the geographic and weather conditions, the pilot probably had trouble judging his horizontal and vertical distance with respect to the mountain, and the aircraft crashed."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: TSB Report A02Q0130
Download report: Final report

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain


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