ASN Aircraft accident North American Rockwell Sabreliner 40A CF-BRL Newton Fiord, NU
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Date:Wednesday 27 February 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic SBR1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American Rockwell Sabreliner 40A
Operator:Brethour Realty Services
Registration: CF-BRL
MSN: 282-107
First flight: 1972
Total airframe hrs:675
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Newton Fiord, NU (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Keflavík International Airport (KEF/BIKF), Iceland
Destination airport:Frobisher Bay Airport, NU (YFB/CYFB), Canada
The Sabreliner corporate jet had departed from Stuttgart, Germany on a flight to Toronto, Canada. Intermediate stops were planned at Shannon Airport (SNN), Ireland, Keflavik (KEF) and Frobisher Bay Airport, NU (YFB). Last contact with the flight was when the pilot radioed that he was 30 miles southeast of Frobisher Bay with about 15 minutes of fuel in the tanks. The airplane was later found to have impacted a rocky hillside some 66 miles from Frobisher Bay.
It seems that a radio beacon near the Frobisher Bay Airport malfunctioned shortly after the flight had been cleared for the approach. The beacon was off the air for 49 minutes.

In 1976 the Canadian government settled a lawsuit by agreeing to pay USD 1,2 million to the widow and children of one of the passengers.

Navigational beacons inoperative
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Plane hopes fade (Winnipeg Free Press, 1974-03-01)
» Toledo Blade - Nov 9, 1976


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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 Keflavík International Airport to Frobisher Bay Airport, NU as the crow flies is 2185 km (1365 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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