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Last updated: 25 March 2019
Date:Monday 28 April 1947
Time:ca 23:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-08A Lodestar
Operator:Trans-Canada Air Lines - TCAL
Registration: CF-TDF
C/n / msn: 18-2248
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:16 km (10 mls) N of Vancouver, BC (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lethbridge Airport, AB (YQL/CYQL), Canada
Destination airport:Vancouver International Airport, BC (YVR/CYVR), Canada
Flightnumber: 3
The Lodestar went missing while on approach to Vancouver. The wreckage was found September 27th, 1994 in a remote area just west of Mount Elsay on a wooded slope.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Lethbridge Airport, AB to Vancouver International Airport, BC as the crow flies is 747 km (467 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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Lockheed 18

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