Accident at Trout Lake, NWT


1997-10-06: C-FZKW was landing at Trout Lake, NWT with the pilot and 2 passengers, carrying a load of moose meat and fish. As the a/c touched down on the water, the a/c apparently landed hard, bounced into the air and came down again, and the right float separated from the a/c. The left float was then driven up into the wing, and the a/c nosed over into the water. One passenger was thrown into the control column, and the other passenger received a strained back. The pilot assisted the passenger with the injured back in exiting the a/c and they were all able to used the separated right float to hold onto, while some residents on shore came to the aid of the pilot and passengers with their boats. The passenger with the injured back was treated in hospital and released. It is not known at this point when the a/c will be salvaged from about 9 feet of water. UPDATE On the approach, the a/c contacted the surface of the water prematurely, bounced and struck a sand bar that extended across the flight path. The right float then separated and the left float was driven up into the wing. The a/c cartwheeled and sank nose first in about six feet of water. The water was calm, as was the wind, and the sky was overcast with moderate rain. The pilot reported that he was using the sand bar as a reference point during the approach, and had planned to pass over it and land on the water. However, he misjudged the approach, struck the water heavily, bounced and skidded across the sand bar. A medevac was arranged for the passenger seated in the rear of the a/c who sustained chest, leg, and back injuries. The pilot and front seat passenger received minor lacerations.


CADORS Number 1997C0672
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1997-09-26 - 21:45
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 3
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Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Trout Lake, NWT
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Controlled flight into or toward terrain,Abnormal runway contact

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration FZKW | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of DEHAVILLAND
Model DHC 3
Year Built 1966
Engine Type Reciprocating
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Gear Type Sea
Private No
Amateur Built No
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CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Landing
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 3
Events Collision with terrain,Hard landing

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