c/n 78

C-FOCX of Rainy Lake Airways.
Photo: Jamye Johnson © Summer 1979
C-FOCX at Fort Frances.
Photo: Peter Keating © August 1978 - Ian MacFarlane Collection
C-FOCX at the end of the day.
Photo: Dave Bates © 19 May 1977

c/n 78

CF-OCX

C-FOCX

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• CF-OCX Province of Ontario Government, Department of Lands and Forests, Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Delivered 26-May-1950 and operated until 1964.

Accident: Birch Lake, Ontario. 19-May-1953. While attempting a take-off from the lake and at approximately 100ft in height, the engine failed. Emergency flap was lowered and the aircraft stalled into second growth of poplars and birches, approximately 50 ft from the shore. The aircraft was initially considered as destroyed partly because of its inaccessibility. Pilot Frank B. Evans uninjured.

Note: Total hours flown in 1954 – 1069.13hr from Minister of Lands and forests annual report 1955

• CF-OCX Canadian Voyageur Airlines Ltd., Fort Frances, ON. Circa 1967-1978.

• C-FOCX Regn format changed prior to Aug-1978.

• C-FOCX Rainy Lake Airways Ltd., Fort Frances, ON. Circa 1979 – 1982.

• C-FOCX Fort Frances Sportsmen Airways Ltd., Fort Frances, ON. On CCAR at May-1981. Re-regd 02-May-1983. Canx 30-Jan-1995

Accident: Dasent Lake, ON. Lat 49.34N, Long 90.36W, 06-Jun-1983. The float plane was observed on take-off and initial climb before it disappeared behind a point of land. Shortly after, it impacted the surface of the lake in a left wing low attitude with considerable slip to the left. Reports describing the noises coming from the engine immediately before impact, are conflicting. Examination of the propeller indicated there was little or no power being developed at impact. Engine examination indicated it capable of producing power at impact. (lp 233/83 refers). The aircraft was fitted with an external fuel tank underneath the fuselage, but the log books and the weight and balance did not reflect this addition. An unapproved bench was installed in the centre cabin area, and the aircraft had no visible means of load restraint. The cause of the accident remains undetermined. The pilot and four passengers were killed. The aircraft was reported as destroyed, although some parts may still exist.

• C-FOCX Kuby’s Aircraft Ltd., Kenora, ON. Regd 30-Jan-1995. Still on CCAR Dec-2016.

Status unknown - Some parts may still exist

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Photo: Neil Aird © September 1995