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Last updated: 11 November 2019
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Date:Tuesday 15 June 2004
Time:18:18 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Hawk Air
Registration: C-GPPL
C/n / msn: 007
First flight: 1953
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney R-1340-S3H1-G
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Dipneedle Lake, ON (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hawk Junction Water Aerodrome, ON, Canada
Destination airport:Esnagi Lake, ON, Canada
Narrative:
The DHC-3 Otter aircraft, registration C-GPPL, operated by Hawk Air, experienced a sudden engine stoppage (Pratt and Whitney R1340-S3H1-G Wasp) without warning eight minutes after take-off on a flight from Hawk Junction water aerodrome (CNH6) to Esnagi Lake. The aircraft was force landed on Dipneedle Lake, approximately 10NM north of Hawk Junction. The lake was extremely narrow shortly after the point of touch-down. The left wing struck two dead trees resulting in damage to the outer four feet of the leading edge of the wing. Approaching shore, one float struck a submerged rock resulting in a one-foot hole in one compartment. There were no injuries to the five passengers or the crew of two.

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» CADORS 2004O0828


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Distance from Hawk Junction Water Aerodrome, ON to Esnagi Lake, ON as the crow flies is 54 km (34 miles).

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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