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Date:Friday 23 June 1961
Type:Martin JRM-3 Mars
Operator:Forest Industries Flying Tankers
Registration: CF-LYJ
MSN: 9265
First flight: 1946
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Nanaimo, BC (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
During fire fighting operations "Marianas Mars" CF-LYJ hit treetops and crashed into Mount Moriarty, near Parksville, British Columbia, killing all 4 crew.
Some reports suggest a failure of the water drop mechanism, which left the aircraft too heavy to climb quickly enough to avoid the mountain. However, no definite cause has officially been documented for this accident.

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