Fairbanks, AK Canadian Plane Crashes, Jan 1989

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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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29 years today.... R.I.P. and

29 years today....
R.I.P. and Respect Brother's
I'll never forget this day... because I'm the One of the most injuries of the CND Survivor ... 29 years with reel
hard times to live , but I'm still alive and I look forward... I use this page for says a Big thanks you to everyone's for the rescue and sauvetage...
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Part of an article I came across in a newspaper.

There was a thick fog over the airfield that evening. The Hercules struck the snowbank 600 feet short of the runway. After the plane broke in half, Capt. Mike Jorgensen recalled climbing out from the wreckage with a broken ankle and a cut ear.

"Everything was so normal," Jorgensen would recount later. "Then, we hit hard and spun around. There were screams. Then I guess I blacked out. When I came to I remember I was just scrambled. There was some screaming and moaning. My foot was crushed. I remember falling out the door, or maybe it was part of the fuselage that had opened up."

I was in the 16th MP company

I was in the 16th MP company at the time and have. I have been searching for anyone associated with it if you know how to contact anyone in it or how I could let me know. I can't even find documents related to it's existence Capt. Vanderlinden, first Sgt Pennington,sfc buck,Sgt Hart,Morris,Shepard were some of the guys In it

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

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.


Ft Wainwright Alaska

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..