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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300

C-GQKZ • J6-AAL • C-GQKZ • 6Y-JMU • C-GQKZ • HP-1507PS


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

• C-GQKZ de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date 14-Mar-1977. First flight 14-Mar-1977.

• C-GQKZ Delivered to NorOntair (operated by Air Dale), North Bay, ON. 01-Apr-1977.

• C-GQKZ NorOntair (operated by On-Air), North Bay, ON. May-1983.

• C-GQKZ NorOntair (operated by Bearskin Lake A/S), North Bay, ON. Sep-1984.

Accident: Red Lake ON 19-Mar-1992. The NorOntair flight was scheduled to proceed from Red Lake to Kenora, and then to Thunder Bay. There were no passengers for the leg to Kenora, but there were passengers scheduled to fly out of Kenora to Thunder Bay. During the taxi to the runway, the pre-take-off checks were completed and the captain conducted the briefing for a standard ten-degree flap take-off. He then decided to practice a short take-off and landing (STOL) type take-off. He informed the first officer and selected the flaps to 30 degrees. The captain lined up on the button of runway 08. The engines were set to take-off power and after approximately 300 feet of ground roll, the aircraft became airborne. Initially the aircraft climbed, and then it began to descend. It then climbed again, more steeply than before. Suddenly, at approximately 150 feet above ground level, the aircraft stopped climbing, descended in a steep nose down attitude, and crashed half-way down the runway.

• C-GQKZ Sold to Thunder Bay Aviation, Thunder Bay, ON Jun-1992.

Note: Wreckage acquired from insurance underwriters A.I.G. Aviation.

Note: Wreckage noted at Springbank, AB by 05-Nov-1995.

• C-GQKZ Ashe Aircraft Enterprises, Springbank, AB., 05-Sep-1996.

• C-GQKZ Sold to Ashe Aircraft Enterprises, Calgary, AB [402677 Alberta Ltd., Calgary, AB] 28-Oct-1996

Note: Certificate of Registration issued 09-Sep-199.7

Flew Springbank, AB - Calgary, AB 13-Sep-1997 for repaint and back to Springbank, AB 29-Oct-1997.

• C-GQKZ Helenair Caribbean, Castries, St Lucia. Leased 01-Dec-1997.

• J6-AAL Leased to Helenair, Castries, St Lucia, 10-Dec-1997.

• C-GQKZ Air Jamaica Express, Kingston, Jamaica. Leased 15-Jan-2000

6Y-JMU Air Jamaica Express, Kingston, Jamaica. Re-registered 17-Jan-2000

• C-GQKZ Returned to Rocky Mountain Aircraft, Calgary, AB 402677 AB, Calgary, AB, 02-Nov-1999.

• 6Y-JMU Leased to Air Jamaica Express, Kingston, Jamaica, 17-Jan-2000.

Noted at Springbank, AB 28-Aug-2003 in full Air Jamaica Express c/s

• C-GQKZ Returned to 402677 AB., Calgary, AB, 18-Aug-2003.

Flew Springbank, AB - Sweet Grass - Scottsbluff - Burlington- Mena for painting 23-Feb-2004

Flew Mena, AR - New Orleans, LA - Panama City, Panama 09/10-Mar-2004

• HP-1507PS Leased to Turismo Aereo, Panama City 16-Mar-2004.

• HP-1507PS Change of name to Air Panama, Panama City by 2006.

Withdrawn from use & parked at Panama City-Gelabert.

Departed Panama City-Gelabert in Jan-2019 via container to Regent Aircraft Seriesvices at Calgary for overhaul & rebuild and future sale.

• N532CV Regent Aircraft Services (DHC6-532 Equity LLC., Palm Beach, FL.), Calgary, AB. Regd 03-Sep-2019.

• N532CV Element Otter LLC., Belgrade, MT. Regd 27-Jan-2021.

• Current •

C-GQKZ at Saulte Ste Marie - CYAM, Ontario.
Photo: Unknown photographer © September 1977 - Michael J. Ody Collection
HP-1507PS of AirPanama at Panama City / Paitilla-Marcos A.Gelabert - KPMG.
Photo: Alec Wilson © 08 March 2011
N532CV at Victoria - CYYJ, British Columbia.
Photo: Tim Martin © 06 April 2022 - Aird Archives