Accident Canadair C-54GM North Star 17503, Wednesday 30 December 1953
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Date:Wednesday 30 December 1953
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic argt model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Canadair C-54GM North Star
Owner/operator:Royal Canadian Air Force - RCAF
Registration: 17503
MSN: 110
Year of manufacture:1947
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Merlin 622
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 51
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Vancouver International Airport, BC (YVR) -   Canada
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Vancouver International Airport, BC (YVR/CYVR)
Destination airport:Edmonton-Namao Field, AB (YED/CYED)
Narrative:
The RCAF Argonaut of the 426 Transport Squadron departed Vancouver on a flight to Edmonton and Montreal. En route to Edmonton the airplane ran into icing conditions and the no.4 engine failed. The crew decided to return to Vancouver. Light rain was falling as the C-54 approached Vancouver. On landing the airplane stalled and fell to the ground. The nose landing gear and the right-hand wing were torn off and the airplane rolled upside down and skidded before coming to rest at the edge of a 10-foot ditch.
Contributing to the stall was a large amount of ice the aircraft picked up during the flight.

Sources:

John Bradley
Miracle saves 51 in air crash ( Winnipeg Free Press, 1953-12-31)

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