Narrative:Some 5 minutes after takeoff from Port Hardy, the crew reported they were returning because of elevator control problems. A long final approach to runway 15 was carried out. The DC-3 bounced on touchdown and was then seen to make an exceptionally sharp climb. At the top of the climb the aircraft stalled and crashed in a nose-down attitude, bursting into flames.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Because of a partially locked elevator, control of the aircraft was lost during an attempt to land."
» ICAO Accident Digest No.9, Circular 56-AN/51 (129)
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Distance from Port Hardy Airport, BC to Vancouver International Airport, BC as the crow flies is 339 km (212 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.