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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 6 January 1943
Time:ca 06:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated 28-5MC Canso (PBY-5)
Operator:Royal Canadian Air Force - RCAF
Registration: 9737
C/n / msn:
First flight: 1941
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Gander Lake, NF (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Gander-RCAF Station, NF (YQX/CYQX), Canada
Destination airport:Gander-RCAF Station, NF (YQX/CYQX), Canada
Narrative:
Before dawn the Canso flying boat was loaded with fuel, ammunition and depth charges to within a few pounds of its maximum allowable take-off weight. The aircraft departed from Gander. Crossing Gander Lake the crew experienced the severe turbulence
Shortly after passing over the Lake, as the aircraft started to turn, it clipped the tops of trees in rising ground.
The aircraft cut a swath as it plowed through the trees for about 200 feet, at a flat angle of approach before the wings were ripped off. The hull and engines continued another 300 feet, then turned over and caught fire.

Sources:
» Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers
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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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