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Last updated: 21 October 2017
Datum:Dienstag 29 August 1961
Zeit:18:23 UTC
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Betrieben durch:Greenlandair
Gemietet von :Eastern Provincial Airways
Kennzeichen: CF-MEX
Werknummer: 332
Baujahr: 1960
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 6
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:12,5 km (7.8 Meilen) NW of Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport (SFJ) (   Greenland)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport (SFJ/BGSF),
Flug nach:Aasiaat Airport (JEG/BGEM),
Crash landed following an intense in flight fire.

Probable Cause:

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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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport to Aasiaat Airport as the crow flies is 207 km (130 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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