Accident description
Last updated: 30 September 2014
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 2 August 2003
Time:14:00 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54G-10-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Buffalo Airways
Registration: C-GBSK
C/n / msn: 36049
First flight: 1945
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Ulu mine strip, NT (   Canada)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Ulu mine strip, NT, Canada
Narrative:
Douglas C-54 C-GBSK was landing at the Ulu mining strip with 45 drums of diesel fuel. On short final, the crew noticed that they were too fast, and reduced power as the flaps were selected to full. As the aircraft began to settle, power was increased, but the aircraft continued to descend. When the captain initiated the flare, the aircraft landed short of the runway threshold, collapsing the landing gear. The wings separated from the fuselage and caught fire, and the fuselage veered off the right hand side of the runway. Ulu airstrip has a crushed rock runway 3,800 feet long by 90 feet wide, with a 500 foot overrun area. Elevation is about 1,600 feet, with a hill at about mid-way along its length.

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» CADORS Number: 2003C1081


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photo of Douglas C-54G-10-DO 45-0596
after being withdrawn from use by the US Air Force and put on storage at Davis Monthan AFB, AZ, the C-54 was bought by Aero Union in 1978 until being sold to Canada in 1982
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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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