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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300

CF-BEL • C-FBEL • N65308 • SE-GTU • N126PM


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

• CF-BEL de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out Nov-1969 First flight 20-Nov-1969.

• CF-BEL Operated by Eastern Provincial Airways, Gander, NFLD. Regd 24-Nov-1969.

• CF-BEL Operated for Bell Canada. Regd 24-Nov-1969.

• CF-BEL Leased to Labrador Airways, Goose Bay, NF. Regd 29-Sep-1974.

• CF-BEL Labrador Airways, Goose Bay, NF. 07-Nov-1974.

• N65308 Leased to Mountainwest Aviation, Tuscon, AZ. 07-May-1976.

• N65308 MAC - Miami Aviation Corporation, Opa Locka, FL. 02-Jan-1978.

• SE-GTU Syd-Aero, Stockholm, Sweden. Regd 09-Mar-1978.

• N126PM Joseph M Fugere, Manchester, NH. Regd 30-Nov-1983.

• N126PM Leased to Pilgrim Airlines, Groton-New London Airport, CT. Regd 11-Nov-1983.

• N126PM Merged into Business Express. 05-Mar-1986.

• N126PM Returned to Joseph M Fugere, Manchester, NH. Regd 1986.

• N126PM Leased to MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Regd Aug-1986.

• P2-MBI MBA - Milne Bay Air, Port Moresby, PNG. 06-Mar-1992.

Accident: Nr Alatau PNG 12-Jul-1995. Shortly after take-off from Alotau-Gurney Airport (GUR), Papua New Guinea for a flight to Dagura, the Twin Otter crashed out of control in a steep dive in shallow water, 2km from the runway. An investigation by the Australian Bureau of Air Safety Investigations revealed an explosion and fire occurred shortly after takeoff, causing the electrical system to fail. The fire's source probably was the terminal board between the inverters and control relay. Kerosene carried in passenger luggage in the Twin Otter's aft cargo hold possibly began leaking and was possibly ignited by faulty or age-deteriorated electrical wiring. The pilot E Terry was killed.

Written off

CF-BEL ski equipped, just in time, because it is starting to snow. Toronto - CYYZ.
Photo: Sheldon D. Benner © 16 December 1969 - Michael J. Ody Collection
CF-BEL caught at the Toronto Island airport - CYTZ.
Photo: Sheldon D. Benner © June 1970 - Michael J. Ody Collection
CF-BEL now float equipped at the Toronto Island airport - CYTZ.
Photo: Sheldon D. Benner © August 1970 - Erik Johannesson Collection
N65308 getting a longer snout, at Miami - KMIA, Florida.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 09 February 1978 - Kenneth I. Swartz Collection
SE-GTU of SYD AERO at Oskarhamm - ESMO, Sweden.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 13 April 1981 - Michael J. Ody Collection
SE-GTU the other side.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Kenneth I. Swartz Collection
N126PM of PilgrimAirlines, at La Guardia - KLGA, New York.
Photo: Michael D. Baker © 14 April 1984 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N126PM with fancy equipment "under wraps" at Toronto - CYYZ.
Photo: Michael J. Ody © 01 September 1989
N126PM with survey equipment housing, at Toronto - CYYZ.
Photo: Caz Caswell © 28 May 1991 - Michael J. Ody Collection