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Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 29 August 1961
Time:18:23 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operating for:Greenlandair
Leased from:Eastern Provincial Airways
Registration: CF-MEX
MSN: 332
First flight: 1960
Total airframe hrs:750
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:12,5 km (7.8 mls) NW of Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport (SFJ) (   Greenland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport (SFJ/BGSF), Greenland
Destination airport:Aasiaat Airport (JEG/BGAA), Greenland
Narrative:
Crash landed following an intense in flight fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An in-flight fire, initiated and sustained by a severe fuel leak. The fuel leak was caused by the locking of a carburetor drain plug to unscrew."

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 69-AN/61 (160-162)


Photos

photo of DHC-3-Otter-CF-MEX
accident date: 29-08-1961
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
registration: CF-MEX
photo of DHC-3-Otter-CF-MEX
accident date: 29-08-1961
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
registration: CF-MEX
photo of DHC-3-Otter-CF-MEX
accident date: 29-08-1961
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
registration: CF-MEX
photo of DHC-3-Otter-CF-MEX
accident date: 29-08-1961
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
registration: CF-MEX
 

Map
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 Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport to Aasiaat Airport as the crow flies is 207 km (130 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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