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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Sunday 21 August 1949
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: 11057
C/n / msn: CV-363
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bigstone Lake, MB (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Churchill-Metropolitan Area Airport, MB (YYQ/CYYQ), Canada
Destination airport:Winnipeg International Airport, MB (YWG/CYWG), Canada
Narrative:
The Canso struck trees on upsloping terrain. Weather was poor and the airplane may have attempted to carry out a forced landing.

Sources:
» Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers


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Distance from Churchill-Metropolitan Area Airport, MB to Winnipeg International Airport, MB as the crow flies is 995 km (622 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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