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Last updated: 13 August 2020
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Date:Monday 26 April 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Royal Canadian Air Force - RCAF
Registration: 3672
C/n / msn: 27
First flight: 1954
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Churchill Airport, MB (YYQ) (   Canada)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Churchill Airport, MB (YYQ/CYYQ), Canada
Destination airport:Chesterfield Inlet Airport, NU (YCS/CYCS), Canada
Narrative:
On takeoff from Churchill, Canada, the aircraft attained a nose high attitude. The pilot pushed forward on the control column and applied power. The nose continued to rise and the Otter stalled at an altitude of fifty feet.
There were no injuries.
Investigation into the crash revealed that the Otter was overloaded by 1,673 pounds and had a Centre of Gravity six inches aft of the rear limit.

Classification:
Overloaded
Centre of Gravity outside limits
Loss of control

Sources:
» Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers RCAF 3650 to 3699


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Distance from Churchill Airport, MB to Chesterfield Inlet Airport, NU as the crow flies is 539 km (337 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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