Narrative:The ski equipped DHC-6-300 aircraft, operating as flight SPR971, was on a flight from Nain Airport, NF (YDP) to deposit a cache of seven fuel drums on a frozen lake 86 miles north of Nain. After arriving at the coordinates given for the fuel cache, the crew considered a couple of lakes for the landing. On the first lake selected, the crew conducted a touch-and-go to test the conditions and found them unacceptable. On the second lake, while conducting a touch-and-go, the nose gear struck a snow bank and broke off. The aircraft came to a stop approximately 100 feet further on. The tie-down ring securing the fuel drum broke and the fuel drums moved forward up against the cockpit bulkhead. There were no injuries to the two crew and to the one passenger who was seated behind the fuel drums in the rear of the aircraft. The area was described as treeless and featureless.
|Status:||Preliminary - official|
|Date:||05 APR 2008|
|Type:||de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300|
|C/n / msn:|| 461|
|First flight:|| 1975|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||160 km (100 mls) N of Nain, NF (Canada)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Departure airport:||Nain Airport, NF (YDP), Canada|
A few weeks after the mishap a helicopter arrived to transport the plane back to a location more suitable for repairs. At a height of about 300 m the helicopter's sling broke. The Twin Otter fell down and was damaged beyond repair as a result.
» CADORS Number: 2008A0433
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.