Narrative:The DC-3 took off at 10:00 from a DEW-line site for a VFR cargo flight to Arctic Bay. Cruising altitude was 3000 feet. At 65 miles South of Arctic Bay the aircraft encountered a scattered to broken cloud or ice fog condition and the aircraft flew on or 10 minutes without visual reference to the ground. The DC-3 then collided with a 2800 feet high snow-covered mountaintop and became airborne again. With the engines on fire the plane crashed and burned.
Probable Cause:PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft struck the ground while the pilot was flying on instruments in cloud in an area in which the height of the ground was uncertain."
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (133-134)
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.