j0rdan From Canada, joined Feb 2010, 127 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4728 times:
A Convair 580 water bomber belonging to Abbotsford based Conair Aviation crashed in the evening hours on July 31, 2010 near Lytton, British Columbia while battling a fire near Jackass Mountain in the provinces interior. The two pilots on board have both been confirmed dead. The captain, 58 years old, was from the Vancouver area and had 26 years experience fighting fires with the company while the first officer, 36 years old, was from Edmonton, Alberta. He was a new hire to the company but had thousands of previous flying hours according to the reports. The crash site was not immediately accessible due to the remote area and the crash started its own fire. The bomber was being followed by a chase plane. The Convair 580 registered C-FKFY c/n 129 was built in 1953 and marked with 48 and the tail.
Originally delivered as a Convair 340 to National Airlines in late 1953. Sold to Lockheed in 1960, probably as a trade-in for an L-188 Electra. Allegheny then bought it and converted it first to a 440 and then to a 580. Allegheny sold it to Aspen Airways in 1976. It's been in Canada since 1992, originally with Kelowna Flightcraft, probably as a freighter. Sold to Conair in 2003.