Accident Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso (PBY-5A) CF-IHA, Saturday 12 May 1962
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Date:Saturday 12 May 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso (PBY-5A)
Registration: CF-IHA
MSN: CV-365
Year of manufacture:1944
Fatalities:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 21
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Godthåb/Nuuk Airport (GOH) -   Greenland
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport (SFJ/BGSF)
Destination airport:Godthåb/Nuuk Airport (GOH/BGGH)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Nose wheel doors were not closed and locked, causing them to be torn off on landing allowing water to enter the wheel well severely damaging the aircraft.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "As a result of the technical investigation, it was considered most probable that, because of a mechanical malfunctioning the nose wheel doors were not closed and locked and that there was an aperture of 70mm when the landing took place. The gaping doors were torn off when the aircraft having landed at rather high speed sank deeply into the water. The extremely great water pressure in the nose wheel well forced the aft bulkhead of the well inwards resulting in severe damage to the front cabin."


ICAO Circular 71-AN/63


  • 37th worst accident in 1962
  • 9th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 9th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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