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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 100
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Series 100

N12706

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

N12706 de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out 25-Jul 1966. First flight 25-Jul-1966.

• (N12706) Originally ordered by FLO Air (USA), but ntu.

Note; Aircraft accepted by Trans Australia Airlines at Downsview, 29-Jul-1966 and turned over to ferry contractor.

N10276 Regd to Air Capital International Ferry Company, Augusta, KS. 29-Jul-1966.

Ferried to Australia by Air Capital International Ferry Company from Downsview, ON to Sydney, Bankstown, arriving 16-Aug-1966.

VH-TGR Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne, VIC. Assumed regd 16-Aug-1966.

Based in Papua New Guinea to operate the Sunbird service from Lae on 31-Oct-1966.

Accident: 5.5 ml from Kainantu, Papua New Guinea. 28-Apr-1970 The aircraft left Mt. Hagen at 06:39 hours and proceeded uneventfully through the scheduled airports as far as Goroka which was reached at 08:20 hours. The aircraft took off from Goroka at 08:52 hours with nine passengers, including four children, on board. The flight plan for this sector indicated that the aircraft would take 15 minutes to fly the 25 miles from Goroka to Kainantu and the proposed cruising level was 7,500 feet above mean sea level or approximately 1,500 feet above the general level of the en-route terrain. Witness evidence indicates that the aircraft encountered increasing cloud and a lowering cloud base as it approached Kainantu. It was seen flying at low altitude just below the cloud base. It struck the tops of trees and fell into the lower area of a grassy hollow. There was no outbreak of fire. There were eight fatalities from the eleven on board

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• Revised format Nov-2018 •

N-12706 at Downsview, Ontario.
Photo: Sheldon D. Benner © July 1966 - Erik Johannesson Collection
VH-TGR in service with TAA.
Photo: Peter Keating © 1967 - Michael J. Ody Collection