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Date:Thursday 9 July 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic L37 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Howard 500
Operator:Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter
Registration: C-GKFN
MSN: 500-107
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Toronto International Airport, ON (YYZ) (   Canada)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Toronto International Airport, ON (YYZ/CYYZ), Canada
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The aircraft suddenly pitched nose-up on takeoff, stalled and crashed. Presumably the aft centre of gravity limit was exceeded because the aircraft had been loaded with many parcels of various sizes and weights. This was probably aggravated by the fact that the CofG moves further aft when the landing gear is retracted on this type of aircraft.

Classification:
Centre of Gravity outside limits
Loss of control

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