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Date:Wednesday 18 August 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:RCMP-GRC Air Services
Registration: C-FMPW
MSN: 271
First flight: 1959
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Ile la Crosse, SK (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Prince Albert Airport, SK (YPA/CYPA), Canada
Destination airport:Buffalo Narrows Airport, SK (YVT/CYVT), Canada
The DHC-3 Otter was en route between Prince Albert and Buffalo Narrows, Canada, for one hour and forty minutes when there was a loud bang from the engine, followed by a complete power loss. Smoke was emitted into the cockpit and the pilot commenced a forced landing. Attempts to regain power were to no avail. The Otter touched down in a semi-clear area in bush country in a nose high, full flap configuration.
The power loss was the result of failure of the master rod and link rods.

All engine powerloss
Forced landing outside airport



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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 Prince Albert Airport, SK to Buffalo Narrows Airport, SK as the crow flies is 339 km (212 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networks 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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