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Canada's Worst Aviation Incident: Was It Caused By Ice Or Secreted Munitions Of The Iran–Contra Scandal? Bill Kurtis Hosts And Narrates This Probing Investigation Of What Exactly Happened When Arrow Air Flight 1285R Carrying 101st Airborne Division Crashed Moments After Takeoff From Gander International Airport In Newfounland, Canada, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD! (Color, 1992, 48 Minutes.)
Arrow Air Flight 1285R was an international charter flight carrying U.S. Army personnel from Cairo, Egypt, to their home base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, via Cologne, West Germany, and Gander, Newfoundland. On the morning of Thursday, December 12, 1985, shortly after takeoff from Gander en route to Fort Campbell, the McDonnell Douglas DC-8 serving the flight stalled, crashed, and burned about half a mile from the runway, killing all 248 passengers and 8 crew members on board. As of 2024, it is the deadliest aviation accident to occur on Canadian soil. At the time of the crash, it was the deadliest aviation accident involving a DC-8; as of 2024, it is the second-deadliest, behind the crash of Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 nearly six years later. The accident was investigated by the Canadian Aviation Safety Board (CASB), which determined that the probable cause of the crash was the aircraft's unexpectedly high drag and reduced lift condition, most likely due to ice contamination on the wings' leading edges and upper surfaces, as well as underestimated onboard weight. A minority report stated that the accident could have been caused by an onboard explosion of unknown origin before impact, with one of these dissenting investigators later telling a United States congressional committee that a thin layer of ice could not bring down the aircraft. The dissenting report led to delays in changes to de-icing procedures, and a thin layer of ice caused the deadly crash of Air Ontario Flight 1363 in Canada in 1989. In response to lack of confidence in accident investigations by the CASB, the Government of Canada shut the board down in 1990, replacing it with an independent, multi-modal investigative agency - the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. From the early days of the investitation, evidence heavily implied that the crash occurred due to a detonation, fire, or explosion on board the craft believed to muntions that were destined to be sent to the Nicaraguan contras as part of The Iran–Contra Scandal, and the irregularities of the investigation have been blamed for the controversial nature of the crash investigation and its aftermath.
The Iran-Contra Affair, also referred to as Irangate, Contragate or the Iran-Contra scandal, was a political scandal in the United States that occurred during the second term of the Reagan Administration. Senior administration officials Caspar Weinberger, John Poindexter and Oliver North secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo. They hoped, thereby, to fund the Contras in Nicaragua while at the same time negotiating the release of several U.S. hostages. Under the Boland Amendment, further funding of the Contras by the government had been prohibited by Congress.