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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
H4-OTA
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Series 300

9V-BCJ • XW-PHP • 9V-BCJ • ZS-JEU • 7P-AAE • VR-CAV • VH-AQB • P2-RDZ • P2-GVI • VH-FNT • H4-FNT • P2--MCV

H4-OTA

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

• 9V-BCJ de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out 1970. First flight 1970 .

• 9V-BCJ Saber Air, Seletar, Singapore. [Air Charter Enterprises, Singapore]. Delivered 24-Apr-1970.

• XW-PHP Royal Air Lao. Regd 06-Aug-1971.

• XW-PHP Leased to Continental Air Services Inc., Vientiane, Laos, 06-Aug-1971. Canx as at 10-Jan-1974

Note: Continental Air Services, Inc., (CASI) was formed in April 1965 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Continental Air Lines Inc. to operate aircraft and ground facilities in support of oil exploration, construction and engineering projects, USAID and other US Government Agencies, e.g. the CIA. In August 1965 the company took over much of the aviation division of Bird and Sons in Laos and Vietnam, with headquarters in Vientiane.

Aircraft were interchanged between the fleets of Air America and CASI, perhaps without any change of ownership, thus adding a further complication to the compiling of fleet lists. Many aircraft owned by Bird & Sons were registered in Laos (on the XW- register) and some of the survivors were later transferred to the US register under CASI ownership many years after the take-over. With the fall of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, operations were terminated and the surviving aircraft were sold.

• XW-PHP operated in zone BRAVO on USAID supply drop missions. Zone ALPHA comprised locations like Sam Thong (LS-20) or Pa Doung (LS-5), so was south of the Plain of Jars; zone BRAVO comprised locations like Ban Na (LS-15) or Xieng Dat (LS-117), so was west of the Plain of Jars

Note: An extract from the utdallas.edu/library  On the morning of December 18th, three CAS Otters with Captains Taylor, Cloud and Clark were dispatched to Alternate per the usual schedule. On arrival at Alternate, they were briefed that the NVA had launched a full scale attack on the fire bases situated on the PDJ. At that time, the full extent of the attack and damage inflicted on the bases was not known. The aircraft were dispatched with emergency ammo and rations for the bases under attack. I was not flying that day, so do not have the complete details of what transpired through the course of the day. I do know that the Otters came under intense ground fire and XW-PHP with Dan Cloud took a hit through the forward fuel cell. To quote Cloud, ‘as I went into drop at Fox-Bravo, every tree and bush opened up on me.’ Cloud’s aircraft was the only one hit that day, but all aircraft were being fired on continuously.

• 9V-BCJ Returned to Saber Air, Seletar Singapore, Regd Jan-1974.

• ZS-JEU Sold to De Beers Consolidated Mines Kimberley, Regd 06-Dec-1974.

• ZS-JEU Transferred to Anglo American Corporation of South Africa. Dec-1974.

Incident: 08-Dec-1977 Damaged at Letsing Mine airfield, Lesotho; repairable.

• 7P-AAE Anglo American Corporation of South Africa. Re regd 08-Nov-1980.

• 7P-AAE Change of name to De Beers Consolidated Diamonds. Regd 08-Nov-1980.

• VR-CAV Sold to Omni Aircraft Sales. Grand Cayman. Regd Apr-1981.

Flew via Nice & Lyon, France 06-Apr-1981 to Fairoaks, UK.

Remained parked at Fairoaks through to 14-Jan-1982 when it flew to Australia on delivery.

• VH-AQB Air Queensland, Cairns, QLD. Regd 28-Feb-1982.

• VH-AQB Merged into Australian Regional Airlines. Regd 01-May-1988.

Accident: Dunk Island,QLD, Australia. 18-Nov-1988. The aircraft was to operate a passenger carrying flight to Townsville. Witness reports indicate that the aircraft was aligned on runway 14 in preparation for takeoff. Power was applied and the takeoff run commenced. At the beginning of the takeoff run the aircraft veered to the right and the right mainwheel ran off the sealed runway onto the grass. The aircraft then veered sharply to the left, crossed the runway and ran onto the grass beyond the gable markers. The aircraft then collided with a concrete culvert, crossed a roadway, and came to rest in trees 315 metres from the runway threshold. Comprehensive examination of the aircraft did not reveal any defect or failure that may have contributed to the development of the accident. The weather at the time of the accident was not contributory. The flight crew declined to make themselves available to the investigators for interview. The crew were issued with summonses but did not answer the summons, apparently under direction from their industrial association. This action by the crew hampered the investigation and resulted in no causal factors being determined

Note: Wreckage transported to Brisbane, QLD Jan-1989 & remained unrepaired in hangar. Wreckage transported via sea container to Goroka, Papua New Guinea, Feb-1989 for Talair

• P2-RDZ (2) Talair, Goroka, PNG. Regd Nov-1989.

• P2-GVI Re-regd to Talair, Goroka, PNG. Regd 26-Dec-1992.

Note: Rolled out 26-Dec-1992 after repair, test flown 17-Feb-1993.

Note: Talair ceased operations 25-May-1993; The aircraft was parked at Goroka until 12-Jul-1993 when it flew Goroka-Daru-Cairns, QLD. The aircraft was withdrawn fron use & stored at Mareeba, Australia, Sep-1993.

• VH-FNT Flight West Airlines, Eagle Farm, Brisbane, QLD. Regd 01-Jun-1995

• VH-FNT Leased to RAAF. Regd Jun1995.

• VH-FNT Returned to Flight West Airlines, Eagle Farm, Brisbane, QLD. Regd Sep-1995.

• H4-FNT Leased to Solomon Airlines, Honiar. Regd Feb-1996.

• VH-FNT Returned to Flight West Airlines, Eagle Farm, Brisbane, QLD, Regd 30-Aug-1996.

• VH-FNT Leased to Hevi-Lift, Waigani, Mount Hagen, PNG, Regd 09-Sep-1996.

• VH-FNT Sub leased to Air Niugini, Port Moresby, PNG. Regd 09-Sep-1996.

• VH-FNT Returned to Hevi-Lift, Mount Hagen, PNG. Regd Sep-1996.

• VH-FNT Returned to Flight West Airlines, Eagle Farm, Brisbane, QLD, Regd 10-Dec-1996.

• VH-FNT Hevi-Lift, Mount Hagen PNG, Regd 15-Mar-1997.

• VH-FNT Sub leased to Air Niugini, Port Moresby, PNG. Regd Mar-1997.

• VH-FNT Returned to Hevi-Lift, Mount Hagen, PNG. Regd 1997.

• VH-FNT Leased to Cape York Air, Cairns, QLD, Regd 23-Jul-1997.

• VH-FNT Returned to Hevi-Lift, Mount Hagen, PNG. Regd 1997.

• VH-FNT Returned to Flight West Airlines, Eagle Farm, Brisbane, QLD, Regd 13-Oct-1997.

• H4-FNT Solomon Airlines, Honiara. Regd 06-Dec-1997.

• H4-FNT Returned to Flight West Airlines, Eagle Farm, Brisbane, QLD. Regd Nov-2001. WFU & stored Nov-2001.

• H4-FNT Renamed as Alliance Airlines. Regd 31-Jul-2002.

• H4-FNT Solomons – Soloman Airlines. Seen as such Mar-2007.

• P2-MCV Airlines of Papua-New Guinea (Airlines PNG), Port Moresby, PNG. Regd 23-Dec-2009.

• H4-OTA Leased to Soloman Airlines, Honiara, 26-Oct-2013.

Flew Port Moresby, PNG - Buka, PNG - Honiara, Solomons 26-Oct-2013 on delivery.

• Current •

9V-BCJ showing fine livery.
Photo: Unknown photographer © date unknown - Michael J. Ody Collection
9V-BCJ all white at Seletar - WSSL, Singapore.
Photo: Peter Keating © October 1970 - Michael J. Ody Collection
XW-PHP at Seletar, ready to go to Continental Air Services.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 04 August 1971 - Michael J. Ody Collection
9V-BCJ after return from Laos.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 04 November 1974 - Jeff Peck Collection - via John Mounce - Aird Archives
ZS-JEU at Johannesburg, South Africa.
Photo: Unknown photographer © November 1975 - Erik Johannesson Collection
ZS-JEU with new livery, at Johannesburg, South Africa.
Photo: Unknown photographer © December 1975 - Erik Johannesson Collection
7P-AAE of De Beers shown here at Grand Central - FAGC, South Africa.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 20 December 1979 - Michael J. Ody Collection
7P-AAE three days later at Maseru / Mejametaiana - FXMU, Lesotho.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 23 December 1979 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VR-CAV a very plain plane at Fairoaks - EGTF, United Kingdom.
Photo: Fred Barnes © 24 July 1982 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-AQB of AIR QUEENSLAND with some company ships.
Photo: Peter Keating © November 1982 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-AQB at Cairns - YBCS, Queensland.
Photo: David Tanner © 18 December 1984
VH-AQB of AIR QUEENSLAND at Cairns - YBCS, Queensland.
Photo: Unknown photographer © July 1987 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-AQB with unpainted rudder.
Photo: Peter Keating © 06 November 1987 - Michael J. Ody Collection
P2-GVI in storage at Mareeba - YMBA, Queensland.
Photo: Peter Keating © 06 October 1993 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-FNT at Brisbane - YBBN, Queensland.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - www
H4-FNT at Cairns - YBCS, Queensland.
Photo: Paul Howard © 1997 - Erik Johannesson Collection
H4-FNT at Auki / Gwaunarru'u' - AKS, Malaita Island, Solomon Islands.
Photo: Joe Barr © 21 November 2003
H4-OTA of Solomons, at Honiara - AGGH, Solomon Islands.
Photo: Tony Skelton © 24 November 2015