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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
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Date:Friday 19 September 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada CSR-123 Otter (DHC-3)
Operator:Royal Canadian Air Force - RCAF
Registration: 3744
C/n / msn: 185
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Gaza Air Base (   Israel)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:El Arish Airport (AAC/HEAR), Egypt
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The DHC-3 Otter transport plane was operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force as part of the United Nations Emergency Force policing the Egyptian/Israeli cease fire.
The aircraft was on approach to Gaza when the second pilot allowed the airspeed to decay. He flared too high and cut power early. The Otter stalled and struck the ground on one wheel and collided with a pile of concrete pieces marking the airfield boundary.
The plane was dismantled in the desert and brought back to the El Arish. The aircraft was loaded onto an RCAF C-119 Flying Boxcar for transport back to Canada. The C-119 (22128) crashed and burned in Italy on December 13, 1958.

Sources:
» Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers RCAF 3650 to 3699
» dhc-3archive.com
» El Arish Egypt 1958-1959 / Robert Coulter


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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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