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Last updated: 10 August 2020
Date:Sunday 16 July 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:BC Yukon Air Service
Registration: CF-XUX
C/n / msn: 72
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:58 km (36.3 mls) NW of Nahanni Butte, NWT (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Watson Lake Airport (YQH/CYQH), Canada
Destination airport:?
The aircraft entered a box canyon and struck the side as the pilot attempted a 180-degree turn to get out of the 560 feet wide canyon.
Weather was poor with a ceiling of 4,000 feet with four miles visibility in light rain. The aircraft was on its way to help set up a camp on a small lake on Ram Plateau.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain



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