Accident description
Last updated: 28 August 2014
Date:Tuesday 29 August 1961
Time:18:23 UTC
Type:de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operating for:Greenlandair
Leased from:Eastern Provincial Airways
Registration: CF-MEX
C/n / msn: 332
First flight: 1960
Total airframe hrs:750
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:20 km (12.5 mls) from Kangerlussuaq (   Greenland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport (SFJ/BGSF), Greenland
Destination airport:Aasiaat Airport (JEG/BGEM), Greenland
Crash landed following an intense in flight fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An in-flight fire, initiated and sustained by a severe fuel leak. The fuel leak was caused by the locking of a carburetor drain plug to unscrew."

» ICAO Circular 69-AN/61 (160-162)


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Distance from Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport to Aasiaat Airport as the crow flies is 207 km (130 miles).

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