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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 200
N181CS
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Series 200

5X-UVN • CF-GQK • C-FGQK • 5X-UVW • 5Y-BEK

N181CS

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

• 5X-UVN de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out 04-Nov-1968. First flight 06-Dec-1968. Regd 06-Dec-1966.

• 5X-UVN EAAC - East African Airways Corporation, Entebbe, Uganda. Delivered 21-Jul-1968.

Noted parked and for sale at Nairobi 24-Apr-1973 and 12-Jun-1973

• CF-GQK Bannock Aerospace, Toronto, ON. Regd 24-Aug-1973.

Note: C of R and Flight Permit issued 09-Jul-1973 for import to Canada

Flew Via Cairo, Egypt - Heraklion, Greece - Nice, France - Gatwick, UK - Prestwick, UK - Keflavík, Iceland 03-Sep-1973

• CF-GQK 320 Syndicate, Toronto, ON, 13-Dec-1973.

• CF-GQK Leased to Survair, Ottawa, ON. Regd 30-Jan-1974.

Accident: 18 June 1974 was damaged in an accident at Belcher Islands , Hudson Bay, NU. The aircraft was repaired by Innotech Aviation and C of A issued 27-Nov-1974 on completion of repairs.

• C-FGQK 33 Leasing Ltd.. Regd 28 January 1977.

• C-FGQK Leased remained with Survair, Ottawa, ON, Returned to lessor in 1977.

Flew via Shannon, Ireland - Stansted, UK - Brindisi, Italy 20-Oct-1977, and arrived Entebbe, Uganda 23-Oct-1977

• 5X-UVW Uganda Airlines, Entebbe, Uganda. Regd 22-Oct-1977.

Note: Offered for sale by Mar-1980 with a TTAF of 9,950 hours

• 5Y-BEK Sunbird Aviation, Nairobi, Kenya. Regd Aug-1985.

• 5Y-BEK Merged to become Air Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya 1987.

Noted hangared at Nairobi-Wilson, Kenya Aug-1985 being made operational

Note Withdrawn from use at Nairobi Wilson by May-2002, noted there still 17-Mar-2003 without wings

• 5Y-BEK Addison Aircraft Europe, St. Martin le Pin, France. Regd 2004.

• N181CS F & M Aviation, Wilmington, DE. Regd 22-Dec-2004.

• N181CS Fayard Enterprises, Franklinton, NC. Regd 29-Nov-2005.

• N181CS Avtran LLC., Clayton, MO. Regd 22-Dec-2005.

• N181CS Samoa Technologies. Regd 09-Jan-2006.

• N181CS Operated by Lake Wales Skydiving Centre, Lake Wales, FL., by Sep-2006.

• N181CS Avtran LLC., Clayton, MO. Regd 13 &29-Jan-2006.

Airworthiness date: 01-Jul-2006.

• N181CS Fayard Enterprises, Franklinton, NC. Regd 19-Dec-2007.

• N181CS Leased to Winair, St Maarten. Regd 2007.

• N181CS Returned to Fayard Enterprises, Franklinton NC. Regd 08-Jan-2008.

• N181CS Bank of Utah Trustee, Salt Lake City, UT. Regd 11-Jan-2011 & 26-Nov-2011.

• N181CS Fayard Enterprises Inc., Wake Forest, NC. Dates unknown.

• N181CS Rampart Aviation, Franklinton, NC. Dates unknown.

Flew 23-May-2012 Malta – Thessalonika, Greece – Istanbul, Turkey – after attention at Medavia Luqa, Malta.

Flew 29-Aug-2012 Glasgow, UK - Stavanger, Norway - Reykjavik, Iceland. The aircraft has been based abroad operating for ARKeX on geological survey work, so it would appear to be on it's return journey to the U.S.01-Sep-2012 Reykjavik, Iceland - Sondrestromfjord, Greenland 02-Sep-2012 Sondrestromfjord, Greenland - Iqaluit, NU - Kuujjuaq, QC 03-Sep-2012 Kuujjuaq, QC Wabush, NL - Bangor, ME. 04-Sep-2012 Bangor, ME - to Hamilton, NY - Youngstown-Elser Metro, OH

Flew 02-Nov-2012 Louisburg, NC - Providence-Green State, RI - Providence-Green State, RI - Bangor, ME 04-Nov-2012 Bangor, ME - Quebec City, QC. 05-Nov-2012. Quebec City, QC - Goose Bay, NL 06-Nov-2012. Goose Bay, NL - Kuujjuaq, QC - Iqaluit, NU

Flew Iqaluit, NU - Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland. Given the routing, it would appear that N181CS is returning to duties abroad;

Flew 08-Jan-2014 Lyon-Bron, France - Luton, UK - Wick, Scotland, UK. 09-Feb-2014 Wick UK - Nuuk, Greenland. Appears to have been held up by poor weather over the Atlantic.

Flew 20-Feb-2014 Nuuk, Greenland - Iqaluit, NU 22-Feb-2014 Iqaluit, NU - Kuujjuaq, QC - Schefferville, QC - Baie Comeau, QC - Bangor, ME 23-Feb-2014 Bangor, ME - West Chester, PA - North Raleigh, NC

• N181CS Leased to FHC Group LLC., Colorado Springs, CO., by Rampart Aviation. Regd 02-Jul-2014. Canx 31-Mar-2017.

Flew 01-Sep-2014 Bangor, ME - Charlottetown, PE - Schefferville, QC - Iqaluit, NU. 02-Sep-2014 Iqaluit, NU - Nuuk, Greenland.

Ferried 20-Feb-2015 Port of Spain-Piarco, Trinidad - Saint Croix, USVI 22-Feb-2015 Saint Croix, USVI - Puerto Plata-Luperon, Dominican Republic - Nassau, Bahamas. 23-Feb-2015 Nassau, Bahamas - Fort Lauderdale, FL 23-Feb-2015 Fort Lauderdale, FL - Jacksonville, FL 25-Feb-2015 Jacksonville, FL - Louisburg-Triangle North, NC.

Accident: Louisberg North Raleigh Airport, NC. 06-Sep-2015. The pilot and two passengers sustained serious injuries. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local business flight.

According to the pilot, the airplane was on the final leg of the traffic pattern when he reduced the power levers in order to descend further for landing, and he noticed that the right engine sounded like "the [propeller] was heading towards beta." The pilot increased the engine power and the sound "went away." Closer to the runway, he decreased engine power and the noise was heard again, the airplane yawed to the right, and he applied left aileron and rudder inputs in order to remain on the runway centerline. Over the runway, the pilot reduced the engine power to idle and the airplane "pushed hard to the right." Then, the pilot applied full power in an attempt to perform a go-around maneuver; however, the airplane yawed about 30 degrees off the runway centerline, the airplane touched down in the grass, and impacted trees prior to coming to rest.

During the accident sequence, the wings and fuselage were substantially damaged.

A post accident examination of the maintenance logs indicated that an overhauled propeller was installed on the right engine and a test flight was performed on September 4, 2015, which was 8.7 flight hours prior to the accident.

PROBABLE CAUSE: The propeller's movement to the beta position during landing for reasons that could not be determined during post accident examination and testing, which resulted in an attempted go-around and subsequent loss of airplane control."

Total hours 26,195 hours at time of accident.

• N181CS Canx from FAA record 31-Mar-2017.

Note: To Starr Adjustment Services Inc., Atlanta, GA. (an insurance company, 08-Nov-2019, and subsequently to Rampart Equileasing LLC / Granite Equileasing LLC / FHC Group 01-Dec-2019 to whom the aircraft had previously been registered . Aircraft had arrived at Calgary-Int’l, AB by road for possible rebuilding with the wreckage subsequently moving to Atlanta Air Exchange in Griffin, GA possibly for parting out.

Written off and parted out

5X-UVN at Downsview, Ontario, after first flight.
Photo: de Havilland Canada © December 1968 - Erik Johannesson Collection
CF-GQK at Toronto in basic EAAC scheme.
Photo: Sheldon D. Benner © September 1973 - Michael J. Ody Collection
CF-GQK of Survair at Toronto - CYYZ.
Photo: Brian Dunn © 05 April 1974 - Michael J. Ody Collection
5X-UWV of Uganda Airlines at NBO - Niarobi's Jomo Kenyatta International.
Photo: Paul Huxford © 20 February 1981 - Michael J. Ody Collection
5Y-BEK of Sunbird Air, "exposed" at NBO.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 05 December 1986 - Michael J. Ody Collection
5Y-BEK of air kenya.
Photo: S. Pagiola © 28 August 1990 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N181CS of ARKeX at Baker Lake.
Photos: Peter Wollenberg_ © July 2009 - Aird Archives