Loss of control Accident Douglas Dakota III (DC-3) 664, Thursday 16 February 1950
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Date:Thursday 16 February 1950
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Royal Canadian Air Force - RCAF
Registration: 664
MSN: 10203
Year of manufacture:1943
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:near Snag Lake, YT -   Canada
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
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Narrative:
The aircraft stalled and fell back onto the ice after failing to become airborne while attempting to take-off from a small lake near Snag, Yukon Territory, about 250 miles north-east of Whitehorse.

The investigation revealed that the pilot had had minimal training on the Dakota on skis, on a hard-packed snow surface north of Edmonton. At the accident site, the surface was 14 inches of snow on top of slush, and he found that the skis seemed to dig when he lifted the tail during take-off. He therefore ended up taking off in the three-point attitude, inadvertently allowing the nose to pitch up excessively after lift-off, resulting in a stall and subsequent crash.

Sources:

John Bradley
Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers RCAF KH945 to KN392 Detailed List
Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North

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