Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter CF-JRS, Monday 11 May 1959
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Date:Monday 11 May 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Registration: CF-JRS
MSN: 110
Year of manufacture:1956
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Coral Harbour, Southampton Island, NT -   Canada
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Coral Harbour Airport, NU (YZS/CYCZ)
Destination airport:Churchill Airport, MB (YYQ/CYYQ)
The DHC-3 Otter crashed on takeoff from an airstrip near Coral Harbour on Southampton Island, NT, Canada.

The aircraft was chartered by the Magic Film Company. On take-off, acceleration appeared slower than usual and the Otter reached the end of the strip by the time it got airborne, followed by a slow and sluggish climb. Due to an upward slope, the rough ground rose faster than the aircraft could climb, and the skis skipped over the rough ground. The Otter was nearly at the top of the hill when the right ski struck an obstruction and broke, tearing a large hole in the side of the fuselage. Still under power, the aircraft continued to move until it reached the top of the hill and the pilot then cut the power and turned off the ignition switches.
Momentum carried the Otter a short distance further and it came to a stop in the snow, with flames pouring out from the right hand side of the aircraft. The three on board rapidly vacated the aircraft, which caught fire and burned out.

Due to an accumulation of ice and hoar frost on the wings, the aircraft failed to become safely airborne during the take-off and collided with the ground.


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