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Last updated: 15 July 2020
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Date:Wednesday 8 May 1991
Time:10:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Harbour Air
Registration: C-FQRI
C/n / msn: 326
First flight: 1959
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cameron Lake, BC (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vancouver-Coal Harbour SPB, BC (CXH/CYHC), Canada
Destination airport:Tofino SPB, BC (YTP), Canada
Narrative:
The pilot made several attempts to proceed west via preferred VFR routes, however, low ceilings prevented him from doing so. He continued south between two mountains, however, due to the wind conditions and terrain proximity he decided to turn around. He entered a steep downwind left turn, but the aircraft settled into the trees. The wings separated on contact with trees. The pilot reported that subsiding air was encountered during the turn.
The pilot and six passengers sustained minor injuries, the remaining four passengers suffers serious injuries.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 6/94


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