CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 24 -- A twin-engine small aircraft crashed into an Antarctic iceburg, killing four Canadians aboard, Kenn Borek Air said Thursday. The Calgary-based airline said the Twin Otter airplane stalled shortly after take off, causing it to crash and burst into flames.
All the passangers are believed to have died instantly. On board the airplane were Captain J. Corcoran Armstrong of Calgary and his father Neil, Dale Fredland, also of Calgary, and first officer Eirik Odegaard of Vancouver. All the men, except Neil Armstrong, worked for Kenn Borek. British Antarctic Survey personnel at Rothera Research Station told the airline an inspection of the crash site found no survivors. The airplane had landed at Rothera for refuelling enroute from Chile to Terra Nova Bay on the Ross Sea where it was to be used by the Italian Antarctic Program.