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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300



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

• N386EX de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date 07-Jun-1969. First flight 13-Jun-1969.

• N386EX MAC - Miami Aviation Corporation, Opa Locka, FL. Delivered 27-Jun-1969.

• N386EX Leased to Executive Airlines, Boston, MA. 27-Jun-1969.

• N386EX Sold to Air New England, Boston, MA 1972.

• N386EX Leased to Frontier Airlines, 15-Oct-1972.

• N386EX Returned to Air New England, Boston, MA. 06-Dec-1972.

Incident. Waterville, ME 12-May-1981 While climbing out of en route to Boston, MA the aircraft lost its elevator assembly. A forced landing was carried out in a field near Unity, ME. The aircraft was repaired & returned to service.

Note: Air New England ceased operations 31-Oct-1981.

Withdrawn from use & stored at Marana, AZ & noted there 05-Nov-1981,

• N386EX Sold to Grand Canyon Airlines, Grand Canyon, AZ. 30-Mar-1982. Regd 20-May-1982.

Note: Modified as a Vistaliner.

N76GC Re registered to Grand Canyon Airlines Inc., Grand Canyon, AZ. Re regd Sep-1982.

Accident: Tonto Plateau of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. 18-Jun-1986. The aircraft took off from Grand Canyon runway 21 at 08:55 for a 50-minutes air tour over Grand Canyon National Park. At 09:13 a Helitech Bell 206B JetRanger (N6TC) took off from a heliport near Tusayan for a 30-minutes air tour.

Both aircraft collided in the area of the Tonto Plateau, at an altitude of 6500 feet msl. The Bell main rotor blade struck and severed the DHC-6's nose gear. The opposite blade of the Bell struck the aft portion of the fuselage of the DHC-6.

A fuel cell of the Vista Liner was ruptured, creating a vaporous cloud of fuel. The rotor head of the Bell 206 separated and debris from the disintegrating rotor blade struck the left side and tail of the DHC-6. The tail separated, causing the DHC-6 to lose control and pitch over. The aircraft struck the ground in an inverted attitude and the helicopter free-fell to the ground following the rotor blade separation. Both crew members and all 18 passengers were killed in the resulting impact with the ground. The aircraft was written off as damaged beyond repair.

• N76GC Cancelled 19-Jul-1994 as destroyed.

Written off

N386EX of EXECUTIVE A I R L I N E S at Los Angeles - KLAX, California.
Photo: Ted Gibson © October 1972 - Jay Sherlock Collection - Aird Archives
N386EX of FRONTIER at Denver / Stapleton, Colorado.
Photo: Unknown photographer © July 1974 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N386EX fleet number 986 in action.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Michael J. Ody Collection
N386EX of Air New England at Marana - KMZJ, Arizona. Fleet number 686.
Photo: John Kimberley © November 1981 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N76GC of Grand Canyon Airlines at the airport of the same name - KGCN.
Photo: R. Garrard © 06 August 1985 - Michael J. Ody Collection