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Date:Thursday 22 December 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada UC-1 Otter (DHC-3)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 142424
MSN: 76
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Cape Bird, Ross Island (   Antarctica)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
The Otter was part of Operation Deep Freeze 1 in Antarctica. After takeoff the pilot reported that his controls were stuck. The aircraft descended again and struck the snow hard. Both main ski struts were forced into the fuselage as the airplane crash-landed. Salvageable parts were removed and the aircraft was left to float out on the sea ice.



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