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Accident description
Last updated: 24 June 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Monday 19 August 2013
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:Buffalo Airways
Registration: C-GWIR
C/n / msn: 9371
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Yellowknife Airport, NT (YZF) (   Canada)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Yellowknife Airport, NT (YZF/CYZF), Canada
Destination airport:Hay River Airport, NT (YHY/CYHY), Canada
Flightnumber: 168
A Buffalo Airways Douglas DC-3C sustained damage in a forced landing Yellowknife Airport, NT (YZF), Canada.
Flight BFL1680 departed runway 16 at Yellowknife Airport, NT (YZF) on a VFR departure for an IFR flight plan to Hay River Airport, NT (YHY). On departure, the tower controller observed torching and smoke from starboard engine and transmitted to BFL168 with no response. The controller then gave flight 168 priority for runway 10. The DC-3 circled right for runway 10. On finals the tower controller advised the flight that the main landing gear was not down. The airplane then crash landed on the southwest infield, south of the threshold of runway 10.

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Distance from Yellowknife Airport, NT to Hay River Airport, NT as the crow flies is 192 km (120 miles).

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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