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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Date:Sunday 15 September 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Canadian Air Force - RCAF
Registration: 962
MSN: 12544
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Estevan, SK (   Canada)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Minot AFB, ND (MIB/KMIB), United States of America
Destination airport:Estevan Air Base, SK, Canada
The Dakota was engaged in ferrying airmen from Fargo, ND (FAR) to Estevan, SK. The airmen had ferried Fairchild PT-19 Cornell planes to Fargo and were returning for another series of ferry flights. As the Dakota approached Estevan, eyewitnesses saw the plane go around. The undercarriage was raised and the airplane climbed sharply. It stalled, crashed and burned.
Investigation revealed that a control lock on the starboard elevator had not been removed before the flight.

Locked rudders/ailerons/gustlock
Loss of control

» Aircraft disaster probe opens (Winnipeg Free Press, 16-9-1946)


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Minot AFB, ND to Estevan Air Base, SK as the crow flies is 148 km (93 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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