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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300

JA-8790 • CF-CJT • JA-8790 • N972SW


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

• JA-8790 de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out -1973. First flight -29-Mar-1973.

• CF-CJT Re registered to de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON, 06-Apr-1973.

• JA-8790 Re registered to de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON, 05-Jun-1973.

• JA-8790 Delivered to Southwest Airlines, Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Named "Sashiba", 13-Jun-1973.

• JA-8790 Name changed to Japan Transocean Air, Naha, Okinawa, Japan, Jul-1993.

• JA-8790 Leased to Ryukyu Air Commuter, Naha, Okinawa, Japan, 16-Nov-1993.

• N972SW Corporate Air, Billings MT., (MOLO Leasing, Billings, MT) 30-Jul-1997.

• N972SW Corporate Air, Billings MT., (LOPS Partnership, Billings MT), 13-Nov-1997.

Airworthiness date 11-Dec-1997.

• N972SW LOPS LLC., Billings, MT. Regd 17-Sep-1998.

• N972SW Corporate Air, Billings, MT. Michael Overstreet, Billings, MT)-10-Jan-2002.

• N972SW Corporate Air, Billings, MT. (Bombardier Capital, Burlington, VT) 10-Jan-2002.

• N972SW Corporate Air, Billings, MT, (Alberta Aircraft Leasing, Las Vegas, NV) .07-Nov-2005.

• N972SW Corporate Air, Billings, MT (Bayman International, Houston TX). 23-Nov-2006.

• N972SW Baymen International Ltd.. Houston, TX. Regd 11-Jan-2007.

• N972SW Alberta Aircraft Leasing, Las Vegas, NV (491549 Allberta Ltd, Calgary, AB) Regd 28-Nov-2007. Canx 03-Dec-2007.Shown on FAA record as sold to Calgary, AB. Canada.but not on CCAR. Perhaps just to a Canadian Company.

Note: also shown as N972SW Royal Bahamas International A/W. dates unknown.  No official record found.

• PK-BRP PT Aviastar Mandiri, Jakarta, Indonesia, 03-Dec-2007.

Incident: Sugapa, Indonesia. 31-Jan-2008. On the morning of 30 January 2008, a de Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft, registered PK-BRP, was being operated by PT. Aviastar Mandiri Airlines on a charter flight carrying passengers and cargo from Nabire to Sugapa, via Enarotali, Papua. There were 18 persons on board; two pilots, one engineer, and 15 passengers. The pilot in command (PIC) was the handling pilot, and the co-pilot was the monitoring/support pilot. Sugapa weather was clear, with the surface wind calm. The PIC made the approach to runway 27 at Sugapa. Shortly after touchdown, the aircraft veered to the left and the PIC was unable to maintain directional control to keep the aircraft on the runway. The aircraft left the runway and struck and fatally injured a man standing close to the edge of the runway. The right main wheel sank into soft ground and the aircraft swung abruptly to the right through 270 degrees, tearing the nose landing gear from the aircraft. It stopped with the nose embedded in an embankment 5 meters from the side of the runway. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but the occupants were not injured and vacated the aircraft unaided. The pilot in command indicated that the aircraft had a history of a tendency to veer to left during ground roll. However, investigation found no pre-landing defects with the aircraft that could have contributed to the accident. There was also no record of such a defect being entered in the aircraft maintenance log. The investigation found that the nose landing gear fork cracked and was deformed as a result of being subjected to a high impact force during the touchdown. The National Transportation Safety Committee made recommendations to PT. Aviastar Mandiri Airlines and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation with respect to procedures for flight crew to document aircraft and system defects in the aircraft maintenance log.

Believed Current

CF-CJT of SOUTHWEST AIR LINES on photo shoot.
Photo: DHC photographic staff © 1973 - Michael J. Ody Collection
CF-CJT over Toronto Island Airport - CYTZ.
Photo: DHC photographic staff © 1973 - Michael J. Ody Collection
JA8790 "Sashiba" in service with SWAL in Japan.
Photo: Unknown photographer © July 1982 - Michael J. Ody Collection