DC3 Crash Site

DC3 Crash Site

Between Divide Lake on the Divide Lake Trail and the Okanagan Mountain Summit, you will pass the 1950 DC3 crash site.   The DC3 that crashed carried 18 individuals.

Divide Lake Trail Info

Divide Lake North Trail Sign

Divide Lake North Trail Sign

The 16 passengers survived but the pilot and co-pilot died.  The Plane is said to have clipped some trees very close to the tower and hit the ground north east of Divide Lake.  The survivors were rescued by a local Search and Rescue Team via the Kettle Valley Railway from Naramata and taken to Penticton.  There is no trail to access the site.

The DC3 before the fatal crash of 1950 on Okanagan Mountain

The DC3 before the fatal crash of 1950 on Okanagan Mountain

In 2005 I looked for the crash site on Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park but could not find a trace of it.  I think the 2003 firestorm cleared any remains of it out.

*******Update, read throught the dozens of comments below to find gps latitude and longitude for the crash site and information like this, ”

Comment: Hi everybody:

Here’s an update that some of you may be looking for as to whether the wreckage still exists.

Yes it does. I went up there on the 29th of July, 2013 and found it after many grouling hours of hiking. Some of the GPS coordinates above are not correct, which caused me to hike more then I had hoped for in order to find it, however I did continue on and using the coordinates from another web site, I was able to find it. The correct coordinates are: (I stood in the middle of the wreckage site and marked a waypoint with my GPS so I knew it would be unmistakable) N 49°43.553′ x W 119°35.130′

The best way to get to the wreckage (in my opinion) is to go to the first right hand corner on the road after the 7KM marker (its about 2-300 feet past the marker). You can’t miss it as someone has piled up a little pile of rocks on the east side of the road to mark the corner. From there start heading south-east following your GPS to the coordinates listed.

It will take you about an hour and a half of hiking (from the rock pile) to get there. Also, as a warning, the hiking is VERY hard, and if you are not a strong hiker I recommend you don’t tackle this hike. If you do, at least be with a few other persons for safety, and leave yourself plenty of rest time. This is a forest that has many downed trees from the fire, and much new growth which is about 8 to 10 feet tall.  Not to mention that you will be going through 2 or 3 valleys depending on what path you take which all consist of large rocks and boulders. There is absolutely no path into it so you just have to keep heading in the direction of the coordinates until you get there. Also, be aware that this area is very active with wildlife. On my hike I came across an 8 point buck (his rack was huge!), a doe, a moose, and her baby. All of which caught me off guard and scared the hell out of me each time. Make sure you wear good boots and long pants as you be rubbing up against muc  h undergrowth and downed branches. And make sure you bring lots of water, you’ll be needing it.

As for the crash site, I found one engine, one wing section, one propellor, and a bunch of other debris strewn all over the place. Most of it looks as though it has been untouched by the forest fire. I did take a bunch of pictures, and agree with others about not posting them, however I also don’t think everyone could do this hike so I will probably send them to whoever asks me and I may post them elsewhere on the internet and provide a link later.

I did not try to get to the tail section, so if you want to see that you’ll have to reference the other posts above and find it yourself.

Hope that helps some of you wondering if it still exists. Good luck if you tackle the hike yourself.  🙂

”  “A few of us went today and found the crash site. Nothing has changed at the site except that it is a lot more open and you can see in all directions for a long way. It is still tough slugging to get there. The fire did very little, if any, damage to the components that are there. We were thrilled to find the fuselage/tail section on our way back out. We had never seen this before on any of our previous trips.”

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