Date & Time: Apr 10, 1956 at 1856 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DHC-3 Otter
Goose Bay - Goose Bay
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The crew (two pilots and one mechanic) was engaged in a post-maintenance check flight. Two minutes after takeoff from Goose Bay Airport, while climbing, the crew raised the flaps when the aircraft stalled. Simultaneously, the left wing broke out at its root. Out of control, the airplane dove into the ground and crashed, killing all three occupants. It was reported that ground maintenance was provided on the left port inner trailing edge flap.
A sudden spontaneous full flap retraction caused the nose of the aircraft to drop. Loads on the wing exceeded the design strength, causing the left hand wing to break off. It struck the tail, causing the airplane to crash.