Finding airplane wreckage in the wilderness?

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Finding airplane wreckage in the wilderness?

Post by hackish » Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:35 am

Friends of a family member found airplane wreckage in the mountains of BC while hunting. They sent me a photo but the tail numbers don't seem to match anything and the wreckage looks recent. I note some cut off trees but it was likely at the edge of a logged out area. The tail numbers should have been a beech 99 written off in Northern Ontario or an experimental Glass Bee from Quebec. I see no other records of the tail numbers. Weird huh?

Any ideas on this one? I was thinking drug plane but can't even guess what it might have been.
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Re: Finding airplane wreckage in the wilderness?

Post by gwagen » Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:41 am

Aircraft registry shows that Mark for a 182 lost in 86. Looks like a 182 tail in the picture.
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Re: Finding airplane wreckage in the wilderness?

Post by tower controller » Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:45 am

beat me by a few seconds, click on the mark history will sometimes tell you more....

That 182 was registered in Vernon so that would put it close.
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Re: Finding airplane wreckage in the wilderness?

Post by Mick G » Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:11 pm

Weird that it was left in place, I would have thought that insurance companies would be liable for its removal.

Could this be a movie prop or was it well into the wilderness?

Historical registry also shows that mark belonging to Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd, on a Beech 99. Colours seem to match them too.
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Re: Finding airplane wreckage in the wilderness?

Post by MUSKEG » Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:40 pm

The north is littered with wrecks that lay where they crashed. Insurance companies don't seem to clean them up. I can think of 6 off hand in northern BC.
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Re: Finding airplane wreckage in the wilderness?

Post by JasonE » Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:01 pm

Looks like an early 182 to me.
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Re: Finding airplane wreckage in the wilderness?

Post by trey kule » Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:11 pm

can you search CADORS or TSB back to 86?
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Re: Finding airplane wreckage in the wilderness?

Post by Stubby Phillips » Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:37 am

trey kule wrote:can you search CADORS or TSB back to 86?
An old engineer friend of mine has a contact at TSB and he came up with this..

A83P0006: WHEN THE PILOT AND HIS PASSENGER TOOK OFF FOR A RETURN FLIGHT HOME, VISUAL CONDITIONS PREVAILED AT POINT OF DEPARTURE AND DESTINATION. HOWEVER, AN UPPER WARM FRONT HAD MOVED IN OVER THE MOUNTAIN AREA CREATING CLOUDS THAT OBSCURED MOST OF THE MOUNTAIN TOPS. ONE HR AND 26 MIN AFTER TAKE-OFF, THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE WAS BETWEEN 11000 AND 12000 FT, AND REQUESTED ASSISTANCE. THE LAST RADAR CONTACT WAS 1 HR 46 MIN AFTER TAKE-OFF; THE A/C WAS ONLY 65 MI FROM POINT OF DEPARTURE. MORE THAN 4 MONTHS LATER, THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND IN A HEAVILY WOODED AREA.

Paper records indicate that the aircraft was located June 21, 1983 about 10 miles N of the Carmi beacon (which would be N49 39 W119 04).
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Re: Finding airplane wreckage in the wilderness?

Post by dogone » Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:22 pm

Am I the only one who Noticed: tree stumps are recently cut; no underbrush grown up. After 30 years on the ground???? Or did one of the recent finders do all that work?
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Re: Finding airplane wreckage in the wilderness?

Post by cncpc » Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:46 pm

dogone wrote:Am I the only one who Noticed: tree stumps are recently cut; no underbrush grown up. After 30 years on the ground???? Or did one of the recent finders do all that work?
Yes, I noticed that. And that it seems to be right beside a road or trail.
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Re: Finding airplane wreckage in the wilderness?

Post by MUSKEG » Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:51 pm

Looks like a logging block.
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