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Last updated: 20 September 2019
Date:Friday 3 May 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3C)
Operator:Buffalo Airways
Registration: C-GJKM
C/n / msn: 13580
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) SE of Hay River Airport, NT (YHY) (   Canada)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Hay River Airport, NT (YHY/CYHY), Canada
Destination airport:Yellowknife Airport, NT (YZF/CYZF), Canada
The Douglas DC-3C aircraft operated by Buffalo Airways, was conducting cargo flight BFL169 from Hay River (CYHY) to Yellowknife (CYZF), Canada, with 2 flight crew on board. During the climb to cruise altitude after the departure from CYHY, the no. 1 engine (Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92) lost complete power. The flight crew elected to return to CYHY, however were unable to maintain altitude. As more power was added to engine no. 2 to maintain airspeed, it started to run rough. The flight crew declared a PAN PAN, subsequently followed by a MAYDAY; a forced landing was executed south east of CYHY. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but there was no post-impact fire or injury to either flight crew.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: A19W0052



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Hay River Airport, NT to Yellowknife Airport, NT as the crow flies is 192 km (120 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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