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Status:Final
Date:Saturday 12 May 1962
Time:10:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso (PBY-5A)
Operating for:Greenlandair
Leased from:Eastern Provincial Airways
Registration: CF-IHA
MSN: CV-365
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Godthåb/Nuuk Airport (GOH) (   Greenland)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport (SFJ/BGSF), Greenland
Destination airport:Godthåb/Nuuk Airport (GOH/BGGH), Greenland
Narrative:
Nose wheel doors were not closed and locked, causing them to be torn off on landing allowing water to enter the wheel well severely damaging the aircraft.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "As a result of the technical investigation, it was considered most probable that, because of a mechanical malfunctioning the nose wheel doors were not closed and locked and that there was an aperture of 70mm when the landing took place. The gaping doors were torn off when the aircraft having landed at rather high speed sank deeply into the water. The extremely great water pressure in the nose wheel well forced the aft bulkhead of the well inwards resulting in severe damage to the front cabin."

Classification:
Runway mishap

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 71-AN/63


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Distance from Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport to Godthåb/Nuuk Airport as the crow flies is 315 km (197 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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