Old 04-03-2008, 05:40 AM   #1
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Cool Kenn Borek DC-3T Antarctica Crash (C-FMKB)

I thought that there may be some who would be interested in these images of the Kenn Borek DC-3T crash in Antarctica. The e-mail has been floating around this area for a couple of months. Pictures were taken by a passenger on the plane.







* The amazing thing is that they fixed this aircraft and it flew back to Calgary. (I was in Calgary last week but I couldn't see it outside the Kenn Borek hangers, which was pretty much as expected.)
* It took them almost a month to finish the repairs sufficient to get it flying again.
* They had to shovel out snow with a volume the size of a living room each day. (Chain saw to cut it into blocks, etc.)
* Amazing repair work under incredibly difficult conditions.
* A few more days and it would have remained there with all of the other aircraft that will never leave Antarctica on their own power again.


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Subject: Borek DC-3T Accident in Antartica - Dec 19, 2007

CADORS Number: 2007C3509 Reporting Region: Prairie & Northern

Occurrence InformationOccurrence Type: Accident Occurrence Date: 2007/12/19
Occurrence Time: 0900 Z Day Or Night: night-time
Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0

Canadian Aerodrome ID: Aerodrome Name:
Occurrence Location: Anartica South 78.184N (Note that this location is not in Antarctica - should read South) 114.58W Province:
Country: CANADA World Area: North America

Reported By: NAV CANADA AOR Number:
TSB Class Of Investigation: TSB Occurrence No.:
Event InformationCollision with terrain
Aircraft InformationFlight #:
Aircraft Category: Aeroplane Country of Registration: CANADA
Make: DOUGLAS Model: DC3CS1C3G
Year Built: 1942 Amateur Built: No
Engine Make: PRATT & WHITNEY-CAN Engine Model: PT6A-67R
Engine Type: Turbo prop Gear Type: Land
Phase of Flight: Takeoff Damage: Substantial
Owner: KENN BOREK AIR LTD Operator: KENN BOREK AIR (2273)
Operator Type: Commercial

Detail InformationUser Name: Beauchamp, Carol
Date: 2007/12/19
Further Action Required: No
O.P.I.: System Safety
Narrative: On take-off, aircraft collided with drifted snow and ice and sustained major damages. Four crew and six passengers were on-board. No injuries. Minister's Observer has been appointed. Further information to follow.
Additional information here (Avcanada):
http://www.avcanada.ca/forums2/viewt...sd=a&start=100

And if you want to see the rescue of a completely snowbound Hercules LC-130 you can find that here:
http://www.southpolestation.com/triv...y/321/321.html
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:47 PM   #2
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Whats this red spot on the snow in front of the aircraft? Is it blood or hydraulic fluid?
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:00 AM   #4
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Whats this red spot on the snow in front of the aircraft? Is it blood or hydraulic fluid?
If any blood was spilled, it was on the inside of the plane, not the outside. Sounds like everyone didn't end up too bad after the incident.

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Basically what happened is, as the plane went to take off and we reached flying speed, one side of the plane went up and the other didn't. The left wing got caught in the ice and sent the plane tumbling. My seat came unbolted from the floor with me still strapped into the seatbelt. When we finally came to a halt, we were all in big pile in the corner of the plane with all of the equipment. We got shaken up pretty bad, but there were no major injuries other than some minor cuts and bruises. We are all doing well and thankful the crash wasn't any worse. The plane, however, did not fair so well. The wings, props, and tail all got bent up pretty bad. The landing gear, skis, and hydraulic system (the red stain in the pictures below is hydraulic fluid) all were ripped from the plane and strewn about the ice.
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http://mitchell-antarctica.blogspot....nti-guess.html
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Lucky crash. Glad everyone walked away.
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I read an article about this plane. Interesting to see it not-so-nice shape....hope to see it flying again.
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I read an article about this plane. Interesting to see it not-so-nice shape....hope to see it flying again.
It actually flew back to Calgary on it's own power - after significant field repairs to the landing gear, propellers, and other systems.

If I hear it's completely repaired and fully operational again, I'll provide an update.
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