THUNDER BAY – June 21, 2019 – North Star Air is reporting that one of the company’s Basler BT-67 cargo aircraft was involved in an accident near Fort Hope, Ontario.
The accident happened at approximately 12:41 am local time on June 21, 2019.
There were no passengers or cargo onboard the aircraft and both flight crew members sustained no injuries.
North Star Air activated its Emergency Response Plan. The Transportation Safety Board and Transport Canada have been notified and will be leading the investigation in determining the cause. North Star Air will be cooperating fully with their investigation.
Background on Basler BT-67
Basler Turbo, the company that manufactures the aircraft says, “Basler Turbo Conversions takes the legendary DC-3 and puts it through the industry’s most extensive remanufacturing process. Built into each airframe is the sum of our knowledge and our proprietary processes, along with state-of-the-art components, world-class Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67R engines and Hartzell propellers.
“After thousands of hours of design, each BT-67 is engineered to assure that every component, assembly, or system is either new or the equivalent of new. All workmanship and materials meet the highest standards of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The philosophy inherent in our manufacturing process is to exceed industry standards by following an uncompromising approach to excellence that produces a product of the highest quality.”
It takes six months and up to 45,000 person hours of work to make each Basler BT-67.