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A Buffalo Airways DC-3 made a hard landing Monday at the Yellowknife airport after its right engine burst into flames, 30 seconds after take-off.

None of the 21 passengers and three crew on board the flight was injured.

The plane, which was a scheduled flight from Yellowknife to Hay River, N.W.T., circled back to return to the airport.

One passenger said it just missed a set of hydro wires and plowed through treetops trying to make it back to the runway.

David Connelly, one of 21 passengers on the 5 p.m. flight, said it was like a scene right out of a movie.

A Buffalo Airways DC-3 is sprayed by a Yellowknife airport fire truck after landing on its belly short of the runway Monday. (photo courtesy of David Connelly)"Honest to God, we were cutting the trees,” he said.

“I mean he was able to take the tops off a few trees and fly it into a clear field. Had we hit the trees, had we gone totally into the trees, it would've been game over and he just missed the wires by inches. Some great force was with us; well, a damn good pilot but I'll give it a damn good pilot and a good force."

The plane didn't quite make it and landed hard on its belly in a ditch about a hundred meters from the runway, with its landing gear still up.

The owner of the Second World War-era plane says it was built to endure some tough landings and his pilots did some quick thinking.

"Nobody got hurt. Nobody got shook up. They said it was quite smooth other than the very end; there was a little bit of a bump,” said Joe McBryan.

“I think the crew did a marvelous job under the circumstances. Mechanical problems do happen and it’s how you react to it. I think they reacted very well to it."

Officials with the Transportation Safety Board arrive today to investigate the plane.


I wonder who was in the cockpit on this? Seems that was the sked flight that Joe does routinely, but given Joe's comments, he wasn't flying... unless he speaks of himself in the third person.

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Bumping this ancient thread because I just discovered this show on Netflix over the weekend.

If you didn't already know about it, it's an enjoyable binge with plenty of good 'ol fashioned aviating and some legit drama, esp. in the later half of S1.

Lots of good DC-3, -4, C-46 and Electra porn, too (and pretty spectacular sub-arctic cinematography).

I think the crash in the OP is in one of the later seasons (S4?) which isn't on Netflix yet, btw, but they did cover it, IIRC.
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