Kenn Borek DC3T at Antarctica on Nov 12th 2016, main gear collapse during taxi
Last Update: December 14, 2016 / 22:52:35 GMT/Zulu time
The Canadian TSB reported that the new location was found on a patch ice on a wind swept glacier, that did not accumulate snow. Previously, the fuel drums needed to be digged out every 6 weeks due to accumulating snow, the old site had nonetheless been used for about 10 years. After the first trip to discover the new location and unload the first load the crew, on the return flight, decided to taxi to the new site once the next load had been brought on board. The crew recognized in time that the left gear was about to collapse and shut the engine down thus limiting the damage to the left main gear and wing. Another aircraft was dispatched to the location and arrived 80 minutes after the occurrence, picked up the crew and passengers and returned them to base. There were no injuries and no hazardeous materials were released.
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