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Last updated: 20 October 2021
Date:Thursday 22 August 2013
Time:ca 19:08
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter
Operator:Transwest Air
Registration: C-FSGD
MSN: 316
First flight: 1959
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) SE of Ivanhoe Lake, NT (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Scott Lake Lodge, SK, Canada
Destination airport:Ivanhoe Lake, NT, Canada
A de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter crashed near Ivanhoe Lake, NT, Canada. The airplane was en route from Scott Lake, SK.

Probable Cause:

Findings as to causes and contributing factors:
1. During approach to landing on the previous flight, the right-wing leading-edge and wing tip were damaged by impact with several trees.
2. The damage to the aircraft was not evaluated or inspected by qualified personnel prior to take-off.
3. Cumulative unmanaged stressors disrupted the pilot's processing of safety-critical information, and likely contributed to an unsafe decision to depart with a damaged, uninspected aircraft.
4. The aircraft was operated in a damaged condition and departed controlled flight likely due to interference between parts of the failing wing tip, acting under air loads, and the right aileron.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Accident number: A13C0105
Download report: Final report

Loss of control

» CADORS 2013C3581


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