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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Friday 30 July 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing-Canada PB2B-1 Canso A (PBY-5A)
Operator:Royal Canadian Air Force - RCAF
Registration: 9789
C/n / msn: 22018
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Denny Island, BC (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bella Bella/Shearwater Water Aerodrome, BC (YSX), Canada
Destination airport:Bella Bella/Shearwater Water Aerodrome, BC (YSX), Canada
Narrative:
A Canso A of the Royal Canadian Air Force left Bella Bella, BC, on an extra long patrol mission, but ran into fog in Lama Passage and lost contact with the surface. The pilot, attempted a left turn back to the station. The aircraft, weighted down with a heavy load of fuel, was unable to climb above the fog or to negotiate the turn in the narrow passage. The Canso lost altitude and impacted the wooded side of a mountain on Denny Island. The aircraft caught fire on impact killing the Flight Engineer and injuring the remaining 8 crew members. The Canso was totally destroyed.

Sources:
» Consolidated production list / G. Goodall
» Short Bursts December 2004-February 2005


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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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