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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 (Prototype)
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Series 300 Converted to Series 400

N26KA • G-BHFD • N703PV • C-FYUS • N927MA (2) • C-GCGW • 8Q-SUM • 8Q-TMC

C-FDHT (2)

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

• N26KA de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out 24-Oct-1974. First flight 24-Oct-1974.

• N26KA Sun Valley Key Airlines, Salt Lake City, UT. Delivered 13-Nov-1974.

• N26KA Name changed to Key Airlines, Salt Lake City, UT., 1978.

Accident: Leadville, CO 05-Jan-1978 Damaged when landing gear failed as a result of a hard landing.  Repairable and returned to service.

• N26KA Leased to Wyoming Airlines, Sep-1978.

• N26KA Returned to Key Airlines, Salt Lake, City UT, Mar-1979.

• N26KA Sold to Rocky Mountain Airways, Apr-1979.

• G-BHFD Sold to Loganair, Glasgow, UK. 05-Nov-1979.

Arrived Glasgow on delivery 04-Dec-1979.

• N703PV Sold to Metropolitan Airways, Bournemouth, UK. 16-Mar-1982. Canx 25-Jan-1985.

Withdrawn from use at Bournemouth Jan-1985.

Re painted to N703PV at Hurn, UK on 04-Feb-1985.

Ferried-Bournemouth 14-Feb-1985, Birmingham 11/27-Feb-1985 & Winnipeg, MB 01-Mar-1985.

Noted at Winnipeg International on delivery 28-Feb-1985 to 01-Mar-1985.

• N703PV Sold to Princeville Airways, Honolulu, HI - "Alfred Gross", [George Cote Trustee, Newport Beach, CA] 04-Feb-1985.

• N703PV Change of name to  Aloha Islandair, Honolulu, HI. (Princeville Development, Princeville, HI), May-1987

• N703PV Sold to Aloha Islandair, Honolulu HI. 16-Nov-1998.

Ferried from Calgary, AB 01-Aug-1996 on delivery to Springbank, AB.

• C-FYUS Sold to Ashe Aircraft Enterprises, Springbank AB, 08-Aug-1996.

• N927MA (2) Sold to Alberta Aircraft Leasing, Las Vegas, NV., 15-Aug-1996.

• N927MA (2Leased to Skydive Arizona, Eloy, AZ (Para Drop, Eloy, AZ.), Aug-1996.

• N927MA (2Returned to Alberta Aircraft Leasing, Las Vegas, NV., Jan -1998.

• C-GCGW Sold to Ashe Aircraft Enterprises, Springbank, AB - 27-Mar-1998. Canx 29-May-1998.

• C-GCGW Leased to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary , AB., 01-Jun-1998.

• C-GCGW Sub leased to Harbour Air, Vancouver, BC., 30-May-1998.

• C-GCGW Returned to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB., 03-Nov-1998.

Noted at Calgary 03-Nov-1998 still with Harbour Air titles, again 05-Nov-1998 without Returned to Ashe Aircraft Enterprises, Springbank AB, 23-Nov-1998.

Ferried via Keflavik, Iceland - Ostend, Belgium 03-May-1999 on delivery to Maldives.

• 8Q-SUM Leased to Sun Express, Male, MI, 26-May-1999.

• 8Q-SUM Re regd to Trans Maldivian Airways, Male, MI, by-Jan-2001.

Accident: Male Maldive Islands. 17-May-2004. After 14 passengers had boarded the float-equipped Twin Otter, the flight was cleared for west bound take-off by Male Tower. Wind was 230/09 knots. The total length of the east west runway available for take-off and maneuvering up to the Hulhule sea wall is approximately 1000 meters. The aircraft seemed to accelerate slowly. Approaching the sea wall captain, realising the height of the aircraft, pulled on the controls to clear the obstacle. The aircraft left float struck the sea wall and separated. The left wing then rotated upwards at the pivot point at the trailing edge of wing. The airplane then impacted runway 18. The right hand float was pushed upwards, causing it to strike the nr. 2 propeller.

Total time at May-2004 – 44,332 hours.

Registration cancelled 22-Dec-2004 on export to Canada (as wreckage for transport via sea).

• C-FDHT (2) Sold to Viking Air, Sidney, BC., 28-Jan-2005.

Rebuilt at Viking Series 400 developmental engineering prototype, and made first flight as such 01-Oct-2008.

Ferried 09-Dec-2013 Victoria, BC - Reno, NV. Then Reno, NV - Phoenix-Deer Valley, AZ.

• Current •

N26KA at McCall.
Photo: Ben Knowles © 27 July 1977 - Kenneth I. Swartz Collection
N26KA with key airlines at Denver - Stapleton, Colorado.
Photo: Jay Sherlock © September 1978 - Aird Archives
G-BHFD of LOGANAIR at Glasgow - EGPF, Scotland.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Erik Johannesson Collection
G-BHFD of Metropolitan, at Bournemouth - EGHH.
Photo: Ron Kosys © 11 April 1982 - Aird Archives
N703PV of PRINCEVILLE AIRWAYS, at Honolulu, Hawaii.
Photo: Henry Tenby © 06 January 1986 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N703PV with Island Air, again at Honolulu, Hawaii.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GCGW with HARBOUR AIR titles, at Calgary - CYYC, Alberta.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 04 November 1998
C-GCGW in the sunshine.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
8Q-TMC of Trans Maldivian Airways.
Photo: Unknown photographer © June 2006 - Michael J. Ody Collection
8Q-TMC wings and floats at Victoria.
Photo: Neil Aird © 15 June 2007 - Aird Archives
C-FDHT in the early stages of build.
Photo: Neil Aird © 15 June 2007 - Aird Archives
C-FDHT at Victoria - CYYJ, British Columbia.
Photo: VIKING © 01 October 2008
C-FDHT "Viktoria" at Calgary - CYYC, Alberta.
Photo: Dave Subelack © 15 February 2010