08/12/2006. Remarks by Jack McKillop: "Originally, Douglas built this aircraft as a C-54A-5-DO Skymaster, USAAF s/n 42-107461, c/n 7480, and delivered it to the USAAF on April 11, 1944. After the war, American Airlines purchased it on April 10, 1946, converted it to a DC-4 passenger aircraft and placed it in service registered NC90431, named "Flagship Philadelphia". On January 1, 1949, the "C" was dropped from the registration and it became N90431.
On September 24, 1954, this DC-4 was bought by Airplane Enterprises
who sold it to the Venezuelan airline AVENSA (Aerovias Venezolanas
Sociedad Anonima) in October 1954 and registered it YV-C-AVH. Three
months later, the US charter company Resort Airlines of Washington,
D.C., purchased the aircraft and registered it N75298. World
Airways, a supplemental carrier, leased this DC-4 between July 1,
1960 and June 27, 1961. In May 1962, the British company Channel Air
Bridge bought the aircraft and registered it G-ARZV.
Aviation Traders converted the DC-4 to an ATL-98 c/n 6 and it made
its first flight on December 21, 1962. The aircraft was sold to
Ireland's Aer Lingus Teoranta on Feburary 28, 1963, registered
EI-AMP, and named "Ailbhe" (St. Albert). Aer Lingus
purchased three ATL-98s because tourists between the UK and
Ireland wanted to take their cars with them on vacation (holiday)
and there were no roll-on roll-off ships. These ships were
introduced in 1966 and Aer Lingus eventually sold all three, this
one to Canada's Eastern Provincial Airways of Gander, Newfoundland,
in February 1968. As described below, the aircraft crashed on an
approach to Twin Falls, Labrador on September 28, 1968."
04/30/2006. Remarks by Tony
Avis: "Aviation Traders Carvair CF-EPX was previously
EI-AMP with Aer Lingus. I would be a bit surprised if the engine
and electrical problems the aircraft suffered were due to storage
in Ireland as all 3 canadian carvairs were checked and overhauled
at Southend prior to delivery to Canada. It wasn't unknown for the
BUA/BAF Carvairs to return from time to time on 3 engines so I
suspect many of the problems experienced in Canada were simply
down to operating old and hard worked aircarft in a harsh climate."
02/28/2006. Remarks by Rick
Gaudet: "E.P.A. had three Carvairs : CF-EPX c/n 7480 ATL
98/6, CF-EPW c/n 10458 ATL 98/14, and CF-EPV c/n 10448 ATL 98/8
(information from Aircraft Illustrated, October 1979). All three
aircraft were stored in Dublin, Ireland with Air Lingus and came to
E.P.A. in 1968 and used on the inter-Newfoundland runs from
St.John's, Gander, Deer Lake, and into Labrador in a mixed
These aircraft were very unreliable in E.P.A. service and had
frequent mechanical problems with the engines and electrical snags.
Some say this was due to the aircraft sitting on the ramp in the
wet damp climate in Ireland.
CF-EPX apparently undershot the dirt strip at Twin Falls,
Newfoundland on September 28, 1968. The aircraft went around for a
second attempt with the landing gear quite damaged and hanging down.
The Captain was Ivan Delong and the Flight Officer was Dave McNeil.
The flight attendant was (I think) Ms. Heather Dawe.
As far as I know there were no serious injuries. The photo of
CF-EPX is from Mr. Bert Lambert who was the E.P.A. Station Manager
at Churchill-Falls for many years. He advised that the aircraft was
stripped of all useful equipment and then burned. The remains were
subsequently plowed under and buried.
The remaining two Carvairs were were mainly used for cargo work
between Moncton, New Brunswick, Goose Bay Labrador and Wabush,
Newfoundland, if I recall correctly. They then were parked at the
E.P.A. hangers at Gander, Newfoundland for a number of years and
sold to Aviation Traders in 1973. They were superceded by Boeing
Apparently, the flight deck from CF-EPV was housed in the US 8th.
AF museum at Fritton, Norfolk, UK.
There is in existance a folksy ballad regarding the crash of this
aircraft called The Ballad of EPX."
01/02/2004. Remarks by Jodi DeLong: "My father, Captain Ivan
DeLong, crashlanded this Eastern Provincial Airways Carvair in Twin
Falls, Labrador when the landing gear collapsed. No one was injured,
though the plane didn't fare awfully well. Dad used to train other
pilots on CF-EPV, and I went with him in the jumpseat several times.
My father, and other pilots, referred to the plane by a host of
nicknames, ranging from the Intercontinental Ballistic Blob to the
Humpty Backed Camel to the Lumbering Lizzie, but she was most often
referred to as the Blob. My father went on to captain EPA's Boeing
737s and went through EPA's transition to part of Canadian Pacific
and finally Canadian before retiring in 1992."