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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Saturday 17 March 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou
Operator:Air Inuit
Registration: C-GVYW
MSN: 291
First flight: 1970
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 75 km SW off Bridgetown, Barbados (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Georgetown-Timehri International Airport (GEO/SYCJ), Guyana
Destination airport:?
The aircraft, a DHC-4A Caribou transport plane was being ferried to Canada after having been stored in Guyana for 15 months. It operated previously for Guyana Airways as 8R-GDO. Cargo included two spare engines, one extra propeller and spare parts. The only overwater survival equipment on board was four life jackets for the three occupants.
While en route south of Barbados, the pilot radioed that an engine had failed and that the other engine was overheating. He stated that the flight was diverting to Barbados. Forty-four minutes later he made his last transmission and reported he was at 50 feet. No trace of the aircraft was found despite an intensive search mounted by Barbados.

All engine powerloss

» ICAO Adrep 1981-4
» Ottawa Citizen - Mar 21, 1979


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