C-FOCL at Powell River, BC.
Photos: Bruce W. Gowans 09/10 April 1985 - Aird Archives
Photo: Elwood White © November 1980 - Aird Archives
C-FOCL sporting earlier livery.
Photo: John Kimberley © July 1979 - Aird Archives
C-FOCL at Vancouver wearing colourful socks.
Unknown photographer © 21 April 1978 - Kenneth I. Swartz Collection
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 19 January 1977
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 31 May 1975
CF-OCL when with AIRWEST, at Vancouver.
Photo: Gary Vincent © December 1974





CF-OCL Province of Ontario Government, Department of Lands & Forests, Sault Ste, Marie, ON. Delivered 11-Mar-1949 and operated until 1968.

• CF-OCL AirWest Airlines Ltd., Prince Rupert, BC. Circa 1969 – prior to 03-Sep-1977.

• C-FOCL Regn format changed prior to Sep-1975.

• C-FOCL Powell Air Ltd., Powell River, BC. Regd prior to C of A dated 03-Sep-1977 – Canx 16-Sep-1985.

• C-FOCL Tofino Air Lines Ltd., Tofino, BC. Regd 18-Nov-1985.

Accident: Tofino Harbour, Lat 49.09N, Long 125.54W, BC. 29-Jan-1987. The aircraft was taking off in a northerly direction from Tofino Harbour, BC, when the left wing tip struck the water. The aircraft cartwheeled onto its back and sank to the floats. The uninjured occupants were rescued by boat shortly after the accident. A weather observation taken at Tofino Airport, eight miles to the southeast, 30 minutes before the accident was reported as thin broken cloud at 500 feet, broken cloud at 800 feet, overcast cloud at 1,400 feet, and four miles visibility in rain and fog. The winds were from 140 degrees magnetic at 20 gusting to 32 mph. A weather observation, taken 20 minutes after the accident, reported similar conditions. The take-off was started in a sheltered cove which led to an open area of Browning Passage. The strong easterly winds blew down the passage and across the path of the departing aircraft. One of the passengers, also a pilot, observed that the winds were strong in the area. The pilot said that the winds in the cove were not strong, and, on take-off, there was only a slight cross-wind from the right. When the aircraft flew out from the shelter of the cove into the full force of the wind, the pilot did not compensate for the cross-wind. The left wing tip struck the water, and the aircraft cartwheeled and crashed. The occupants were not wearing life-vests at the time of the accident. The pilot took a life-vest for each occupant when he left the aircraft, and they attempted to put them on while standing on the overturned, sinking aircraft. Each had difficulty fastening and inflating the vests, and the aircraft sank to the floats before they were successful.

Canx 01-May-1995.

Status Unknown