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Last updated: 25 November 2020
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Date:Thursday 1 December 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
Operator:Airwest Airlines
Registration: C-GPBO
C/n / msn: 100
First flight: 1967
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Saturna Island, BC (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vancouver-Coal Harbour SPB, BC (CXH/CYHC), Canada
Destination airport:Victoria Harbour, BC, Canada
Narrative:
Deteriorating weather conditions forced the pilot to descend to 200-300 feet above the water. Course was changed to fly around an island along the route. The aircraft flew into trees as the pilot tried to resume course following a right turn.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

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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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