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Last updated: 26 July 2021
Date:Thursday 27 August 1992
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-4T Caribou
Operator:NewCal Aviation
Registration: N400NC
MSN: 240
First flight: 1965
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Gimli Airport, MB (YGM) (   Canada)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Gimli Airport, MB (YGM/GYGM), Canada
Destination airport:Gimli Airport, MB (YGM/GYGM), Canada
The aircraft took off for a test flight for a turbine-engine conversion programme. It climbed steeply, rolled to the right and crashed in a nose-down, rightwing-low attitude.

Reportedly, the elevator gust lock re-engaged after take off due to a design flaw.

Loss of control

» Flight International 9-15 September 1992 (p.35)
» ICAO Adrep Summary 6/94 (#79)
» Scramble 160


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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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