Accident description
Last updated: 17 April 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 16 March 1965
Time:17:30 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-1-DK
Operator:Canada Department of Transport
Registration: CF-PQG
C/n / msn: 12055
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Blanc Sablon Airport, QC (YBX) (   Canada) show on map
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon Airport, QC (YBX), Canada
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The aircraft was taking off from Blanc Sablon Aerodrome. As it accelerated, the visibility decreased because of the glare of the landing lights on the falling snow. The aircraft deviated 10 or 15 degrees to the left without the crew being aware that this deviation had occurred and, after rolling for about 750 ft, it left the north side of the runway. The attempt to take off was continued. However, adequate speed could not be obtained. After a series of impacts, the aircraft came to rest about 3150 ft from the start of take-off and about 700 ft short of the base of a sharply rising hill.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of directional control during takeoff at night from an unlighted aerodrome".

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 (36-38)


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