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Last updated: 21 September 2018
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Date:Monday 17 January 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Canadian Air Force - RCAF
Registration: 987
C/n / msn: 33115/16367
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:112 km (70 mls) SE of Churchill, MB (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Rivers Airport, MB (YYI), Canada
Destination airport:Arctic Bay Airport, NU (YAB/CYAB), Canada
Narrative:
The Dakota III performed a forced landing on a rough and broken Hudson Bay icefield, 70 miles southeast of Churchill, MB.
The aircraft had drifted off course and ran out of fuel. It operated on a mercy flight from Rivers to Arctic Bay, Canada.
All 12 on board were rescued.

Classification:
Fuel starvation
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» Western Star (Corner Brook, NL) 25 January 1949, p1
» Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 24 January 1949, p2


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Distance from Rivers Airport, MB to Arctic Bay Airport, NU as the crow flies is 2645 km (1653 miles).

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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