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Last updated: 26 March 2019
Date:Thursday 8 February 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso A (PBY-5A)
Operator:Royal Canadian Air Force - RCAF
Registration: 11007
C/n / msn: CV-285
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) E of Tofino, BC (   Canada)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Tofino Airport, BC (YAZ/CYAZ), Canada
Destination airport:Tofino Airport, BC (YAZ/CYAZ), Canada
The RCAF Canso A took off from Tofino on a routine anti-submarine night patrol of the Canadian coastline. Shortly after taking off, the Canso’s no.1 engine lost power, forcing the crew to attempt to return to the airfield. During a 180-degree turn the aircraft lost altitude. The pilot put the plane into a full stall and pancaked it into the bottom of a densely wooded hillside. The Canso crashed through a stand of heavy trees, eventually standing almost completely upright on its nose before falling back down and coming to rest. A fire erupted, but was immediately put out by crew members.

Loss of control

» Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers
» National Post, 2 June 2014


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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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