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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 204717
Last updated: 10 October 2021
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Time:c. 10:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic VAMP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire F Mk 3
Owner/operator:Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
Registration: 17023
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:St. James/Winnipeg, MB -   Canada
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RCAF Stevenson Field, Winnipeg, MB
Destination airport:RCAF Stevenson Field, Winnipeg, MB
Pilot Vic Barber with 402 Aux Sqn, was briefed to carry out two complete circuits and landings at Stevenson Field in Vampire 17023. This was to be his second hour flying the Vampire. He was instructed to be on the ground one hour after takeoff. One hour after engine start the pilot had completed some local flying and the two circuits as ordered.

However, contrary to orders, the pilot took off for a third time. He climbed to seven thousand feet and carried out some additional local flying exercises. When the pilot returned to the airfield, he was advised of a runway change. He proceeded to complete a dummy circuit to ascertain the amount of drift.

The Vampire had now been airborne for one hour and twenty-eight minutes. As the pilot made his final approach, the engine failed due to lack of fuel. The aircraft crashed into the backyard of a home on Collegiate Street, approximately one mile southeast of today’s runway 31, killing the owner and seriously injuring the pilot. The accident could have been avoided had the pilot followed orders.


RCAF Accident Investigation Branch, Crash Comment, Apr-May-Jun 1950 (Pg 1/2)
Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 17 April 1950, p2

Revision history:

19-Jan-2018 21:07 TB Added
08-Jan-2020 21:27 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]
26-Dec-2020 21:28 Reno Raines Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]
05-Mar-2021 06:56 Cosmo Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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