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Last updated: 21 September 2018
Date:Monday 13 February 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic B170 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol 170 Freighter 31
Operator:Maritime Central Airways
Registration: CF-FZU
C/n / msn: 13136
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2,4 km (1.5 mls) off Frobisher Bay Airport, NU (YFB) (   Canada)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Frobisher Bay Airport, NU (YFB/CYFB), Canada
Destination airport:?
The Bristol 170 crashed soon after takeoff into the sea, 1,5 miles offshore. The aircraft was on a cargo flight to the Distant Early Warning (DEW) radar line.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of control due to improperly secured heavy cargo breaking loose and sliding to the rear of the aircraft during takeoff."


Loss of control

» The Age - Feb 15, 1956


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