Accident Vickers 757 Viscount CF-THK, Monday 7 April 1969
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Date:Monday 7 April 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers 757 Viscount
Owner/operator:Air Canada
Registration: CF-THK
MSN: 271
Year of manufacture:1957
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 21
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Sept-Îles Airport, QC (YZV) -   Canada
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Sept-Îles Airport, QC (YZV/CYZV)
Destination airport:Montreal-Dorval International Airport, QC (YUL/CYUL)
A fire warning in the no. 2 engine, caused by a fire in the left main gear wheel well, forced the crew to return to Sept-Îles Airport, Canada. After a fullstop landing control was lost of the no. 1 engine. Additional loss of left main gear brakes caused the aircraft to circle to the right during the evacuation. As a result, a female passenger was run over after she had egressed through the emergency exit.

PROBABLE CAUSE; Overheating of the starter selector relay during starting of no.1 and 2 engines. The proximity of a wire bundle to the relay provided a source of combustibles for the initial fire.


The Vancouver Sun (April 7, 1969)



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Montreal-Dorval International Airport, QC (YUL); March 1969

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