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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
YJ-AV12
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Series 300

C-GHRB • P2-MCE • P2-KSU

YJ-AV12

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

• C-GHRB de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date Feb-1980. First flight 13-Feb-1980.

• C-GHRB Delivered to Ontario Northland Transportation Commission-NorOntair (Operated by Air Dale), 03-Mar-1980.

• C-GHRB Ontario Northland Transportation Commission - NorOntair, North Bay, ON 10-Jul-1986.

• C-GHRB Sold to MBA-Milne Bay Air, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. 03-Dec-1996.

• P2-MCE Sold to MBA - Milne Bay Air, Port Moresby, PNG 29-Dec-1997.

• P2-MCE Change of name to Airlines Papua-New Guinea, Port Moresby, PNG. Apr-2001.

Accident: 11km SSE of Kokora, PNG. 11-Aug-2009. The aircraft was destroyed when it flew into a tree covered mountain at an altitude of 5,774 feet (1,760 metres) near Kokoda Airport (KKD), killing all 13 on board. It had departed Port Moresby-Jackson Field (POM) at 10:53. The Area Weather Forecast (ARFOR) for the intended flight indicated forecasts of isolated showers and thunderstorms with areas of rain. Significant cloud layers at estimated base levels of 8,00ft with tops of 18,000ft above Mean Sea Level (MSL). Isolated Cumulo Nimbus (CB) or thunderstorm clouds was also forecasted reaching to tops of 4,5000 ft. Freezing levels was estimated at 15,500 ft above MSL with moderate to severe turbulence within the vicinity of the CB and cumuliform clouds. At 11:10, the crew of reported leaving 9,000 ft on descent to Kokoda via the Kokoda Gap, which is approximately 12 NM (22 km) south-east of the Kokoda airstrip. This was the last radio contact with the flight. The Kokoda Airport is located in a valley at an elevation of 1,273 feet, surrounded by mountains in the North and South, some with an elevation of 8,500 feet. The airfield has a single runway, 17/35. It has a 2,2% down slope with landings restricted to runway 17.

• P2-MCE Hevilift, Waigani. Del-10-Nov-2013.

Flew Port Moresby, PNG - Daru, PNG - Horn Island, QLD - Cairns, QLD 10-Nov-2013 on delivery.

Flew 13-Dec-2013 Cairns, QLD - Horn Island, QLD - Mount Hagen, PNG.

• P2-KSU Hevilift, Waigani. Re regd 13-Dec-2013. Canx Sep-2016.

Flew 01-Mar-2016 Port Moresby - Cairns, QLD.

Flew 29/30-Sep-2016 Cairns, QLD - Port Moresby - Munda - Honiara - Port Vila on delivery.

• YJ-AV12 Air Vanuatu, Vanuatu. Delivered 29-Sep-2016.

Status unknown

C-GHRB of norOntair at Sault Sainte Marie - CYAM, Ontario.
Photo: Jay Sherlock © July 1980 - Aird Archives
C-GHRB during a Downsview open house display.
Photo: Michael L. Baker © 20 June 1992 - Michael J. Ody Collection
P2-MCE of MBA at Port Moresby - AYPY, Papua New Guinea.
Photo: Paul Howard © 1997 - Erik Johannesson Collection