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Fairbanks, AK Canadian Plane Crashes, Jan 1989

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CANADIAN C-130 CRASH KILLS EIGHT.

Fairbanks, Alaska (AP) -- A C-130 crashed into a snowbank and split in two during a landing in a thick, icy fog, killing eight Canadian soldiers heading to a major U.S.-Canadian military exercise, officials said.
The Canadian Hercules C-130 was carrying eight crewmen and 10 special service paratroopers from Edmonton, Alberta, when it crashed just short of the runway at Fort Wainwright's airfield, said U.S. Army Capt. Jim Rodgers.
"The weather was quite bad," said Rodgers. At the time of the crash, he said, a thick, icy fog blanketed the runway and the temperature registered around 60 degrees below zero.
Six of the troops aboard were pronounced dead on arrival at Bassett Army Community Hospital on the base and two others died while receiving treatment at the hospital, Army Maj. Sherrel Mock said.
Three soldiers were in critical condition, one was listed as stable, and the remaining six had minor injuries but were being held for observation, Mock said.
After the crash, Mock said, Canadian officials canceled their forces' participation in the exercise Brim Frost '89, and recalled remaining Canadian aircraft and servicemen.
Investigators, including explosives experts, examined the wreckage overnight, Mock said. The plane's cargo included training ammunition.
The four-engine Lockheed Corp. turbo-prop aircraft, one of the longest-running planes in continuous production, generally is not designed for the cold weather, said H. David Crowther, vice president of corporate communications in Catabasas, Calif.
U.S. and Canadian investigators had not determined whether weather caused the crash, Mock said.
"We've been landing aircraft for the past two weeks in the same conditions," said Mock. "The runway, as far as I know, was not icy."
The troop transport plane's last contact with the control tower was at 6:47 p.m. (10:47 p.m. EST).
There were no distress calls from the plane before it crashed a few minutes later, Mock said.
The plane split in two after the crash and there was no evidence of fire, Rodgers said.
It was the second of three Canadian planes heading to the exercises Sunday. The first landed safely at Wainwright; the third was diverted to Fairbank's civilian airport.
The plane took off from Edmonton's Namao Base, said Luigi Rossetto, a Canadian Forces spokesman.
The soldiers belonged to Force Mobile Command and were part of a 500-man paratroop force that was to support the 1st Brigade, 6th Infantry Division (Light), in a major land battle that is the centerpiece of the Brim Frost ground exercises near Fairbanks.

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Brim Frost 89

I was there during this exercise, and it was a sad time for all that was there.
Smith, Kershner, Wesley, Wong, Lee, Steve, Abernathy, and Chief and many other from our unit.
I remembered that was the coldest I had ever seen in my life. Ice Fog, Oh Hell.

Ft wainwright

Hello,
I read your article and thought I would throw in a few thoughts. Do not be sorry. If your father was in the exercise he was a bad ass! It was a different time in the world and men like him are in short supply today. On both sides of the US/CA border.

I was their searching the crash site that night, you have nothing to be sorry for! I was a Spc 4, US Army Militay policeman, 472nd MP , Ft Wainwrignt Ak.

Sincercly

Ft Wainwright Alaska

Rick,
I was a young Military Policeman Spc 4 (472MP Co) at Ft Wainwright when this happened., I was on scene after the crash, unfortunately the aircraft touched down a hundred feet short of the runway. We did every thing we could to find / save crash victims, our commander / provost marshal pushed the unit to extreme limits.

Your so wrong! This aircraft

Your so wrong! This aircraft didn't hit a snow bank, the aircraft touchdown down short of the the runway, by several hundred feet, I was there walking the runway for survivors.

John MacKinnon was my father.

John MacKinnon was my father. I never knew him only through stories my family tells me. Apparently I am splitting image of him. I also act a lot like him according my mother and my grandmother. I would personally like to thank all the men and women who helped get my father and the others back home to us. I am truly deeply sorry of the nightmares you must all have. I wish there was a way I could help with that. I couldn't even start to think on what you saw and dealt with. I only get stories and pictures. But you guys lived it. I am very sorry but also deeply grateful for what you did. so thank you for everyone who helped that day.

I'm John MacKinnon daughter,

I'm John MacKinnon daughter, Rebecca MacKinnon. I was actually 5 months when he died not one. He died in this plane crash. I'm very sorry you have nightmares of flying. I do to. I have panic attacks when taking off or landing. I just wanted to thank you though. For being a soldier who helped them and helped get my father get back to us and all the others.

Was at my Guard units HQ, had

Was at my Guard units HQ, had just got off post, and the ice fog was very thick. When the call came out, I remember our M113s heading out to help. Spent the night doing a sort of test of our alert rosters, due to we had a C130 in the air behind the Canadians full of Guard members from the Seward pennisula and like areas.. Calling up units and family members to let them know that sadly a C130 had crashed but it was not the one full of your family members..

plane crash

My dad just told me about this today. We were stationed at Ft Richardson AK and he was at this exercise. He said the temp was 60 below with windchill over -100. He was out with his unit and made the decision to head back to base due to the extreme cold. He drove the one remaining transport back with the other members of his unit crammed in the back. 5 of the tires blew out due to cracking from the cold before they made it to base. The plane crashed right in front of them as they were coming up on the airfield and they were the first on scene. They made sure the survivors were taken care of while emergency crews were in route and began the task of recovering the bodies of those who were killed. He ended up receiving a medal for saving 17 lives that day, 9 from the plane and the 8 troops in his unit because if he had not made the decision to turn back they would almost certainly have perished in the cold.

I was there in 1989 when this

I was there in 1989 when this flight happen, my unit was across the airfield. I was one of the soldiers that help with this crash. I will never forget and I still have dreams about crashing in a plane. Over 26 years later and I'm still have nightmares of flying.

Master Cpl. John MacKinnon is

Master Cpl. John MacKinnon is my Uncle. I was 9 1/2 when he died. He left behind his 1yr old and 4 yr old daughters.
I just remember him through pictures now.



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