ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47B Dakota III (DC-3) 985 Strait of Georgia, BC
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Date:Wednesday 28 January 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Canadian Air Force - RCAF
Registration: 985
MSN: 32683/15935
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Strait of Georgia, BC (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Vancouver RCAF Station, BC (YVR/CYVR), Canada
Destination airport:Puntzi Mountain Airport, BC (CYPU), Canada
The Dakota III was reported overdue on 28 January 1953 at 14:20 hours when it failed to arrive in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada after a flight from Vancouver.
A wheel washed ashore at Lasqueti Island ten days later and identified as coming from the Dakota.

» The Vancouver Sun - Jan 28, 1953
» Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers RCAF 951 to 1000 Detailed List
» The Calgary Herald 7 February 1953, p10
» Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 29 January 1953, p2


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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 Vancouver RCAF Station, BC to Puntzi Mountain Airport, BC as the crow flies is 329 km (206 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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