FKYA / Airspray #701 / Bu# 85652

Early History

United States Navy. TBM-3.
Royal Canadian Navy. AS Mk 3. BOC 16 June 1952, SOC 11 June 1957. Flew as #383 for Squadron VS 880.

Air Spray Ltd., Wetaskiwin, Alberta
#701 CF-KYA 1960

Aerial spray program – NB
1960 – Pilot Jackson.

Crashed 0435 h 26 May 1960 approximately 1 mile off north end of runway #33 at Fredericton airport, Lincoln, NB. The exact location was about 1/8 mile south of the highway behind a moving and storage building near the Lions Club hall about ¼ mile north of the Wilsey Road. The cause was ice in the carburetor. Pilot C. Jackson was unhurt. The aircraft was scrapped.

Don Henry talked with Rudy Hanusiak on 20 November 2004 about this accident. Hanusiak was area supervisor at Fredericton from 1958 to 1960 and watched the aircraft go in. Pat Korpatniki was on the same spray team.

The last letter on the tail of #701 could be mistaken for an “R”, but is actually an “A”. There is no Avenger with the registration FKYR.

Old kodachrome pix by Stew Faulkner of Grumman TBM-3 Avenger, CF-KYA, Wetaskwin, Alberta. Posted to Firebombers (fb) by Brad MacKay, 12 May 2014. The company lettering is yellow.

Old kodachrome pix by Stew Faulkner of Grumman TBM-3 Avenger, CF-KYA, Wetaskwin, Alberta. Posted to Firebombers (fb) by Brad MacKay, 12 May 2014. The company lettering is yellow.

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Airspray TBMs #701 FKYA and #702 FKPJ (right) at an air show in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, 1958 [Gordon Hunter, Flickr]. FKPJ became FPL’s GLEG, BuNo 53334.

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Airspray Ltd. TBM #701, FKYA, crash site near Fredericton, 1960. The company lettering is now black edged with yellow.

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Rudy Hanusiak at the FKYA crash site.

The Department of Transport accident report summary and images
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The crash site of FKYA. (Don Henry files)

One response to “FKYA / Airspray #701 / Bu# 85652

  1. this article is interesting to me, at the time i lived on the nevers road, rigth in line with the runway at the fredericton airport .
    we could hear the engine of the airplane missing, it seemed to circle and quit and went down , iwas only seven at that time
    but i rememberit well. nice to read about it.

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