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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 200HG™
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Series 200

Later Series-200HG

N655MA • VH-ATK • 8Q-HIB • N153BU • C-FATN • C-FFNT • 8Q-IAG • HB-LYE

8Q-RAF

• Registration • Activity and details of Owner/Operator and other historical information

• Registration • Activity and details of Owner/Operator and other historical information

• N655MA de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out Mar-1969. First flight 01-Apr-1969.

• (N655MA) Ordered by Sun Airlines, St Louis, MO, but NTU.

• N655MA Accepted by MAC - Miami Aviation Corporation, Opa Locka, FL at Downsview 24-Apr-1969.

• N655MA Regd to NBC Leasing Company, Lincoln, NE. 24-Apr-1969.

• N655MA Leased to Illinois Airways, Carbondale, IL. 24-Apr-1969.

• N655MA Renamed Air Illinois, Carbondale, IL. Regd 30-Jun-1972.

• N655MA Returned to NBC Leasing Company, Lincoln, NE. 1976.

• N655MA Sold to AAI - Alaska Aeronautical Industries, Anchorage, AK. Regd Jun-1976. Needs clarification

• N655MA Sold to Bethel Ventures, Bethel, AK. Regd Apr-1982.

• N655MA Leased to Coastal Aviation, Bethel, AK, (Bethel Ventures Inc., Bethel, Bethel, AK.)  Regd 1983.

• N655MA Re possessed by Bethel Ventures, Bethel, AK Regd Mar-1985.

Noted at Fort Myers, FL 23-Feb-1985 in Coastal c/s, no titles

• N655MA Sold to Pal Air International, Tonopah, NV. Regd 23-Feb-1985.

• N655MA Leased to Mountain Air Cargo, Denver, NC. Regd Mar-1985.

• N655MA Returned to Pal Air International, Tonopah, NV. Regd Mar-1987.

• N655MA Leased to Resort Commuter Airlines, (Trans World Express) Santa Ana, CA. Regd Apr-1987

Noted at Springbank, AB 19-Apr-1987 still in Coastal c/s, no titles; repainted with TW Express titles by mid-1987

• N655MA Returned to Pal Air International, Tonopah, NV. Regd Aug-1988.

• N655MA Leased to Airtransit, Adelaide, South Australia, Regd 30-Nov-1988.

Arrived in Australia on completion of the ferry flight from Canada, 31-Dec-1988.

Cancelled from US Register Jan-1988.

• VH-ATK Regd to Pal Air International, Tonopah, NV. 18-Jan-1989.

• VH-ATK Leased to Air Transit as the registered operator. Perhaps 18-Jan-1989.

• VH-ATK Name changed to Air Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, SA, Regd Dec-1990. Aircraft named “Peter Jeffer”.

• VH-ATK Sub leased to Air North, Darwin, NT. Regd 12-Jun-1992.

• VH-ATK Returned to Air Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, SA. Regd Sep-1992.

• VH-ATK Sold to Whitaker Air Charter, Maryborough, QLD.  Regd Mar-1994.

• VH-ATK Leased to Lady Elliot Island Airways, QLD. Regd 28-Feb-1995. Canx 24-Oct-1997.

• 8Q-HIB Regd to Hummingbird Island Airways, Malé, MI, 24-Oct-1997. (Also 10-Dec-1997.)

• 8Q-HIB Sun Express, Malé MI, Regd Mar-1998.

• N153BU Sold to Baylor University, Waco, TX, 19-May-1999. Regd 25-Jun-1999. Canx 26-Jan-2005.

Flew via Biggin Hill, UK - Prestwick, UK 09-Jun-1999 on delivery, still painted as 8Q-HIB

Note: Still in Hummingbird livery at Houston – Hobby airfield on 15-Oct-1999

• C-FATN Sold to Air Tindi Ltd, Yellowknife NT, 27-Jan-2005, Regd 26-May-2005 & 10-Jun-2005. Canx & regd 12-Jul-2005. Regd 22-Sep-2005.

• C-FATN Reported as leased to Tli Cho Air, Yellowknife, NT, Regd 12-Jul-2005.

CADORS 11-Jul-2007 The aircraft struck a seagull on departure from Runway 27 at Yellowknife, NT. Reported that airport staff at Yellowknife recovered and removed the remains of one Franklins Gull; this event did not cause any reported aircraft damage nor any interruption of air traffic.

CADORS 09-Oct-2007. The aircraft landed at Yellowknife and the aircraft failed to remain within the confines of the runway. There was no damage to the aircraft and the crew was able to taxi the aircraft.

CADORS 21-Jul-2009. Immediately after departure from Yellowknife, the crew of, the crew declared an emergency due to engine trouble. They elected to shut dow:n the engine as a result and conduct two orbits west of the airport before returning to land. The aircraft landed safely in at 13:30z. UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that shortly after take-off the torque indication on the #2 engine started to drop, through 500 ft, then the torque dropped down suddenly to 10 lbs. Engine failure was called and the #2 engine was shut down and the emergency checklist was run. The aircraft landed without further incident. Maintenance inspected the aircraft and discovered a malfunction with the rigging of #2 engine controls. The rigging of this engine had been previously adjusted to address a noted “throttle stagger”. As this aircraft has a different system than the rest of the company’s DHC-6 fleet, the rigging malfunction went undetected. Engine controls were re-rigged as required, full power runs were conducted and the aircraft was returned to service. There have been no further reported incidents. A Company Maintenance Memo has been issued to address this matter.

CADORS 10-May-2012. The aircraft was inbound to Yellowknife when the crew reported one engine shut down. ARFF was on stand- by as the aircraft landed safely at 20:13z. Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that the cause of the engine failure was unknown. The company was waiting for a strip report from the repair facility. Damage to the compressor area was noted. The engine was removed and a loaner engine installed in its place. Aircraft returned to service.

• C-FATN Returned to Air Tindi Ltd, Yellowknife, NT. 11-Aug-2014. Canx 11-Aug-2014.

Flew 27-Jul-2014 Reno, NV - Murrieta-French Valley, CA to Ikhana for conversion to DHC-6-200HG.

• C-FFNT Gravitas Aviation Ltd, West Vancouver, BC. Regd 03-Sep-2014 & 16-Oct-2014. Canx & deleted 09-Mar-2015 on export to Maldives.

Flew 22-Nov-2014 Murrieta-French Valley, CA - Saint George, UT. 23-Nov-2014 Saint George, UT - Pocatello, ID Pocatello, ID - Cut Bank, MT - Calgary, AB.

Flew 20-Feb-2015 Calgary, AB - Iqaluit, NU. (10hrs & 24 min). 21-Feb-2015 Iqaluit, NU - Keflavik, Iceland. 23-Feb-2015 Keflavik, Iceland - Malmo, Sweden 24-Feb-2015 Malmo, Sweden - Nis, Serbia. 25-Feb-2015 Nis, Serbia - Hurghada, Egypt. 26-Feb-2015 Hurghada, Egypt - Salalah, Oman. 27-Feb-2015 Salalah, Oman - Male, Maldives.

• 8Q-IAG Sold to Island Aviation Services Ltd. (Aerostar Bravo Ltd,. Singapore) Feb-2015. Regd 19-Mar-2015.

.Accident Dhaalu Atoll. 16-Nov-2017. The Twin Otter float plane suffered an accident during a water takeoff from the Dhoores Retreat Resort in the Dhaalu Atoll.

Initial reports suggest the one of the floats may have hit an object during takeoff. Both floats broke away, causing the aircraft to come to rest nose down in the water. All 15 occupants escaped unhurt.

• HB-LYE Zimex Aviation Limited, Glattbrugg, Switzerland. Regd 18-Sep-2019. Canx 21-Sep-2019.

Test flown from Altenrhein/Saint Gallen 11-Oct-2019 on completion of rebuild.

Flew 17/21-Nov-2019 Altenrhein - Belgrade - Hurghada - Al Ain - Male - Kudahuvadhoo.

Swiss registration cancelled 20-Nov-2019 on export to the Maldives.

• 8Q-RAF Manta Air Pvt Ltd., Male [Aerostar Bravo Ltd., Singapore].

Current

Latest update

• Revised format Sep-2019 • 13-Feb-2018 8Q-IAG detail. • 19-Feb Added data from Aussie Airlines website. • Change of format 13-Oct-2018 • CADORS added 19-Jan-2019 • Data updated 23-Sep-2019 • Data updated, one image added 12-Dec-2019 •

N655MA at Chicago's Downtown lakefront Meigs Field - KCGX.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 30 July 1974 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N655MA at the distinctive St. Louis terminal / Lambert Field - KSTL, Missouri.
Photo: Gorrdon Cragg © Date unknown
N655MA being prepared at Renton for Alaska Aeronautical Industries.
Photo: Unknown photographer © April 1982 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N655MA at Springbank - CYBW.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © 19 April 1987 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N655MA parked at Winnipeg - CYWG, Manitoba.
Photo: Erik Johannesson © August 1988 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-ATK of Air Transit.
Photo: B. McAllister © Apr 1989 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-ATK of AIR KANGAROO ISLANDilat Adelaide - YPAD, South Australia.
Photo: Bernhard Baur © 03 November 1990 - Aird Archives
VH-ATK at the same location
Photo: Bob Wiseman © Date unknown - via Lance Higgerson - Aird Archives
Photo: Bob Wiseman © November 1991 - Lance Higgerson Collection
VH-ATK of Air Kangaroo Island at Adelaide - YPAD, South Australia.
Photo: Tony Haynes © Date unknown - Michael J. Ody Collection
8Q-HIB Island hopping and humming away.
Photo: Arron Mulder © c.1998-99
C-FATN at Yellowknife - CYZF.
Photo: Dirk Septer © 01 July 2007
C-FFNT longing for the tropics again! At snowy Calgary - CYYC, Alberta.
Photo: Dave Subeleck © 28 December 2014 - Erik Johannesson Collection
8Q-IAG at Dhoore Island, Maldives.
Photos: Maldivian CAA © 16 September 2017 - Erik Johannesson Collection
HB-LYE at Altenrhein.
Photo: Manta Air © October 2019 - Erik Johannesson Collection