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Last updated: 17 December 2018
Status:Final
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: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2,4 km (1.5 mls) off Frobisher Bay Airport, NU (YFB) (   Canada)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Frobisher Bay Airport, NU (YFB/CYFB), Canada
Destination airport:Simpson Lake Airstrip, NU, Canada
Narrative:
The Bristol 170 aircraft took off at about 08:25 on a non-scheduled flight from FOX to CAM D with the pilot-in-command, co-pilot
and flight engineer on board; the chassis and engine of a five ton dump truck was carried as freight. About one minute after take-off the pilot-in-command called the control tower and told them that his load had shifted to the rear. At 08:27 when the aircraft was
approaching the end of the downwind leg it was seen to assume a climbing attitude, fall into a spin to the right and crash to the ground. Also five seconds after the impact the aircraft exploded and caught fire. The three crew members were killed and the aircraft was destroyed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The truck, which was not properly secured, broke free, probably during the acceleration of take-off and slid to the rear of the aircraft, causing the centre-of gravity of the aircraft to move considerably aft of the maximum permissible aft limit. While attempting to return to land the pilot lost control of the aircraft which stalled, went into a spin and crashed."

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» The Age - Feb 15, 1956


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Distance from Frobisher Bay Airport, NU to Simpson Lake Airstrip, NU as the crow flies is 1161 km (726 miles).

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