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Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:59 pm

A Basler BT-67 (DC-3 Turboprop conversion) crashlanded in a lake near Eabametoong First Nation.

There were 2 crew members onboard and nobody got hurt.

"The Basler BT-67 aircraft went down near Eabametoong around 12:40 a.m. ET, the company said in a statement, adding there were no passengers or cargo onboard and neither of the two members of the flight crew was injured.

A spokesperson with the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) told CBC News that the initial reports it has received indicate the plane lost power in both engines shortly after takeoff and then landed in Eabamet Lake. The two members of the crew were able to exit the plane and swim to shore, the TSB said."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder- ... 741?fbclid
 
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Re: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:16 pm

Glad everybody is ok!
 
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Re: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:46 pm

Does anyone have some more information about the aircraft? Just curious about the history of the airframe. Big fan of what Basler is doing with the DC-3, I hope this doesn’t effect them too much.
 
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Re: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:07 am

ETOPS

Engines turn or people swim. :laughing:


Ok, I only joke as it seems no one was hurt. I too am a huge fan of the BT-67.

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Re: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:34 am

Is there any chance of recovery?.
 
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Re: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:21 pm

bennett123 wrote:
Is there any chance of recovery?.


It looks like the airframe is intact. The question is likely whether equipment can reach this very remote part of Northern Ontario.

It’s not the first time they’ve had a BT-67 crash: http://avherald.com/h?article=4a679ae2 - it was repaired. Given North Star have two -67 paint schemes, it’s entirely possible this is the same aircraft.
 
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Re: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:46 pm

It's a bit strange that both engines decided to quit shortly after takeoff.

Seems like it could be a human error, not necessarily by the pilots. Maybe not enough fuel, polluted fuel, water in the fuel tanks.. who knows.
 
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Re: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:24 pm

Or somebody put in Avgas? Just speculating. Just remembering the first Diesel Cessnas.
 
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Re: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:36 pm

bennett123 wrote:
Is there any chance of recovery?.


I hope so


Noshow wrote:
Or somebody put in Avgas? Just speculating. Just remembering the first Diesel Cessnas.


Avgas should burn in a PT6, I cannot remember the mix allowed, it does impact overhaul periods
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Re: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:37 pm

Avgas is an approved fuel for the PT6, subject to some restrictions more related to long term usage. Don't know if the Basler STC specifically approves it, but the distinction would be a legal one, not a practical one.
 
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Re: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:38 pm

Thanks didn't know that.
 
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Re: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:52 pm

Never heard before of this kind of aircraft.

The concept of an enhanced and remanufactured DC-3 is beyond cool.
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Re: Basler BT-67 crashed in Ontario

Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:04 pm

LaunchDetected wrote:
Never heard before of this kind of aircraft.

The concept of an enhanced and remanufactured DC-3 is beyond cool.

Intriduced 29 years ago.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basler_BT-67

The only aircraft in service with allowed deviation from certified protocol with passengers. They may extend the minimum opperating temperature at risk whenever they need to land in Antarctica. This is to prevent the stations from ever being isolated again.

When a BT-67 is rebuilt from an existing DC-3, they zero hour the airfleets. In other words, it is considered a brand new airframe from a durability perspective.

The engines aren't a good match for the aircraft. They actually increase fuel burn (cruise speed for the DC-3 is far below optimum for the engines). It is time to upgrade the engine design. Not that I want a longer flight in an unpressurized aircraft...

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