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.
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
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):
And if you want to see the rescue of a completely snowbound Hercules LC-130 you can find that here: