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Last updated: 10 May 2021
Date:Tuesday 1 November 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3C)
Operator:Air Ontario
Registration: C-FBJE
MSN: 13453
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:22884
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2,4 km (1.5 mls) W off Pikangikum Airport, ON (YPM) (   Canada)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Red Lake Airport, ON (YRL/CYRL), Canada
Destination airport:Pikangikum Airport, ON (YPM/CYPM), Canada
Flightnumber: 937
A Douglas DC-3C was destroyed when it crashed in Pikangikum Lake, ON, Canada. Both the pilot and the co-pilot were fatally injured in the accident.
The airplane departed Red Lake Airport, ON (YRL) as Air Ontario flight 937 on a flight to Pikangikum Airport, ON (YPM). The main cargo load being carried consisted of a rubberized bladder tank containing 2,068 litres of fuel oil.
Weather at the Pikangikum Airport was poor with drizzle, low clouds, and fog, with a visibility of one and one-half to two miles. The airplane was heard overflying the airport and turning over the Pikangikum Lake in preparation for a final approach and landing on runway 27. While over the water the airplane stalled and struck the
ice-covered lake 180 feet south of a tree-covered island. It descended through the ice and struck the lake bottom at a depth of 8 to 12 feet. The ice thickness at the area of impact varied from one inch to three inches.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "It is probable that the aircraft stalled at an altitude and in flight conditions from which recovery was not possible."

Loss of control

» TSB Final Report


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Distance from Red Lake Airport, ON to Pikangikum Airport, ON as the crow flies is 84 km (53 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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