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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300

N301EH • N454MG • N885EA • C-FNBI • 8Q-TMT • C-GUZP  PK-FSX

C-GDSO

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

• N301EH de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out. First flight date unknown.

• N301EH Delivered to Evergreen Helicopters, McMinnville, OR., 15-Apr-1975.

• N301EH Sold to Crown Airways (Allegheny Commuter), Washington Township, Apr-1979.

• N301EH Evergreen Helicopters of Alaska Anchorage, AK. Regd Jan-1980.

• N301EH Transferred to Air Spur, Dec-1984.

• N301EH Evergreen Equity Inc., McMinville, OR. ON USCAR at 03-Feb-1990.

• N454MG Sold to AGES Group, Boca Raton, FL, 15-Jul-1992 Still as Equity Inc., until at least 01-Oct-1994.

• N454MG Leased to Paradise Island Airlines, 14-Feb-1993.

• N454MG Returned to AGES Group, Boca Raton, FL, Dec-1994.

• N885EA Sold to Era Aviation, Anchorage, AK, 13-Dec-1994. Canx 16-Feb-2007.

Airworthiness date. 09-Jun-1995.

Accident: Toksook Bay Airport, Toksook, Alaska 13 July 13, 2002. At about 10:26 Alaska daylight time, the aircraft sustained substantial damage when it struck a bird during takeoff. The airplane was being operated by ERA Aviation Inc., of Anchorage, Alaska, as Flight 4862, a visual flight rules (VFR) scheduled passenger flight under Title 14, CFR Part 121, at the time of the accident. The two crewmembers and the eleven passengers were not injured. The airplane was departing Toksook Bay en route to Bethel, Alaska. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an IFR flight plan was filed. During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on July 16, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air safety inspector said he had issued a ferry permit for the accident airplane to return to the ERA maintenance facility in Anchorage. He said he inspected the damage to the accident airplane, and noted the repairs required the replacement of two ribs, and six feet of the leading edge of the right wing. During a telephone conversation with the IIC on July 23, the director of operations for the operator said the pilot told him that during the initial climb, about 20 feet above the runway, the airplane encountered a flock of seagulls. The pilot told him that one of the seagulls struck the leading edge of the airplane's right wing. He said the airplane continued to its destination without further incident. The director of operations said he was only aware of one rib, and about six feet of the leading edge, being replaced as a result of the accident.

The scheduled air carrier flight had just lifted off the runway and started to climb, when it encountered a flock of birds. One or more of the birds struck the right wing of the airplane. The airplane continued to its destination, and landed without incident. About 6 feet of the right  wing's leading edge, and 2 wing ribs were replaced due to the bird strike.

• C-FNBI Sold to Ashe Aircraft Enterprises, Springbank, AB., 07-Mar-2007.

• C-FNBI Leased to North-Wright A/W, Norman Wells, NT., Regd 07-Aug-2007. Canx 20-Jul-2009.

• C-FNBI Returned to Ashe Aircraft Enterprises, Springbank, AB., 24-Jul-2009 Canx 25-Aug-2009.

• 8Q-TMT Trans Maldivian Airways PVT Ltd (Rocky Mountain Aircraft, Calgary, AB). 07-Sep-2009. .

Accident: Conrad Maldivian Resort, Rangali Island 09-Jul-2012 The aircraft experienced a left hand float collapse after striking the dock at, while on taxi and became partially submerged. The aircraft sustained substantial damage and the 3 crew and 14 passengers escaped uninjured. During the 35-minute flight from Male to the Conrad Maldivian Resort, the weather was deteriorating with strong winds (approx 40-45 knots) from a westerly direction. The copilot, being pilot flying, landed the aircraft landed safely and the captain took over controls as a normal procedure and taxied through the channel for docking at the fixed platform attached to the main jetty.Since it was a fixed platform the crew had difficulty docking the aircraft in strong tailwind and swells. At the first attempt to dock the aircraft ended up forward of the platform which made the crew to abort docking. On the second attempt to dock, the captain applied full reverse and right rudder while the co-pilot applied opposite aileron to overcome the strong winds as the aircraft approached the fixed platform.

However, the aircraft moved forward and hit the platform hard and the cabin crew, who was at his station on the left hand float, was flung into the water. On impact with the platform the left hand float attachments were sheared and the left hand propeller blades struck the platform surface while the right hand float lifted up and struck the right hand propeller. The captain reported cutting off the fuel at the first impact. The aircraft started turning, pivoting at its nose near the platform then started drifting away due to the strong winds and swells. Immediately after the impact water started seeping inside the aircraft. The captain attempted to secure the aircraft and the copilot was attempting to facilitate evacuation of the passengers. The cabin crew member swam to the aircraft and joined the crew in the evacuation process. All the passengers and crew were able to evacuate the aircraft before the fuselage was fully submerged.

Total hours. 29,948 hours as at Jul-2012.

Flew 16/17-Sep-2015 Springbank, AB Great Falls, MT Alliance, NE - Mena, AR. 21-Oct-2015 Mena, AR - Wellington, KS. 22-Oct-2015 Wellington, KS - Alliance, NE - Billings, MT - Calgary-Int'l, AB. following its repaint

On delivery 27-Nov-2015 Springbank, AB - Spokane, WA - North Bend, OR.  28-Nov-2015 North Bend, OR - Honolulu, HI. 30-Nov-2015 Honolulu, HI - Majuro, Marshall Islands. 01-Dec-2015 Majuro, Marshall Islands - Biak-Frans Kaiseipo, Indonesia.

• C-GUZP Ashe Aircraft Enterprises Ltd (Rocky Mountain Aircraft, Calgary, AB). Regd 22-Feb-2013. Canx 11-Dec-2015 on export to Indonesia.

• PK-FSX Leased to PT Spirit Avia Sentosa. Regd, Jakarta, Indonesia. -/-/2016.

Note: Officially imported to Canada12-Sep-2018. But had been returned to Rocky Mountain Aircraft, Calgary, AB in Jun-2018.

• C-GDSO Ashe Aircraft Enterprises Ltd (Rocky Mountain Aircraft, Calgary, AB). Regd 13-Sep-2018. Canx 04-Nov-2019

Note: Test flown from Springbank, AB 25 & 26-Feb-2019; pending delivery to Manta Air in the Maldives.

Flew Springbank,AB – Olds/Didsbury, AB – Thompson, MB 23-Oct-2019 starting its delivery to the Maldives. It continued via Thompson, MB – Iqaluit, NU, Keflavik, Iceland on 24-Oct-2019. It continued on 26-Oct-2019  from Keflavic en route to Belgrade. On 28-Oct-2019 it flew Hurghada  - Al Ain and on 29-Oct-2019 Al-Ain – Male on the Maldives

• Current

N301EH of EVERGREEN.
Photo: Seymour Hills © May 1985 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N454MG of PARADISE ISLAND AIRLINES at Fort Lauderdale - KFLL, Florida.
Photo: Unknown photographer © April 1993 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N885EA at Calgary - CYYC, Alberta.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © March 1994 - Michael J. Ody Collection
8Q-TMT of tma at Kuredu, Maldive Islands.
Photo: Stephen Rendle © 08 August 2010 - Erik Johannesson Collection
8Q-TMT at Calgary - CYYC, for rebuild.
Photo: Dave Subelack © 10 February 2013 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GUZP at Springbank - CYBW, Alberta.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 16 September 2015 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GUZP all complete, at Springbank - CYBW, Alberta.
Photo: Ashe Aircraft Enterprises © 22 October 2015
C-GDSO at Springbank - CYBW, Alberta.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 01 May 2019 - Erik Johannesson Collection