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Last updated: 23 April 2017
Datum:donderdag 5 januari 2006
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54G (DC-4)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Buffalo Airways
Registratie: C-GXKN
Constructienummer: 36090
Bouwjaar: 1946
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7M2
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 4
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Norman Wells Airport, NT (YVQ) (   Canada)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Vracht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Norman Wells Airport, NT (YVQ/CYVQ), Canada
Vliegveld van aankomst:Yellowknife Airport, NT (YZF/CYZF), Canada
The C-54 departed Norman Wells at 16:52. Six minutes later, the crew declared an emergency due to a fire in the number 2 engine. The no. 2 engine quit and the crew tried to extinguish the fire by activating the fire bottles. This did not extinguish the fire. They feathered the no. 2 propeller and simultaneously the no. 1 propeller feathered. The crew decided to perform an off-field forced landing, but then the engine fire extinguished. They made it back to Norman Wells where an emergency landing on two engines was carried out. The aircraft departed the runway and came to a halt in deep snow some 60 feet from the edge of the runway.

Probable Cause:

Findings as to Causes and Contributing Factors:
1. Airworthiness Directive AD 48-12-01 mandates the replacement of the potentially hazardous fuel line, but the line had not been replaced on this aircraft.
2. A fuel leak from the main fuel inlet line in the engine compartment of this cargo DC-4 caused an in-flight fire that spread into the nacelle and wing.
3. The fuel-fed fire burned for an extended period of time because turning the fuel selector off is not required as part of the primary Engine Fire Checklist.

» CADORS Number: 2006C0041

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Transportation Safety Board (TSB) - Canada
report status: Final
report number: TSB Report A06W0002
report released:22 February 2007
duration of investigation: 1 year and 2 months
download report: In-Flight Engine Fire, Buffalo Airways Limited, Douglas C-54G-DC (DC-4) C-GXKN, Norman Wells, Northwest Territories (CYV (TSB Report A06W0002)


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Norman Wells Airport, NT en Yellowknife Airport, NT bedraagt 675 km (422 miles).

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