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

• N929MA de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, Ontario. Rolled out date unknown. First flight 21-Jun-1976.

• N929MA Delivered to Metro Airlines, Houston, TX. 14-Jul-1976.

• N929MA Metroflight Inc, Houston, TX. Regd Sep-1976.

Incident: 14-Sep-1982. During a take off the right hand engine made popping sounds then lost power. An inspection found a broken blade in the compressor wheel.

Accident: Location unknown. 31-Dec-1981. Minor damage caused when it ran over a landing sign on landing roll.

• N929MA Leased to Sunaire (Eastern Metro Express), St. Croix, USVI. 01-Jan-1986.

Incident: 04-Jun-1989. Captain aborted a take off after the right engine suffered a flame out and power setting reduced to idle.

• N929MA Change of name to Sunaire Express, St. Croix, USVI. Date unknown.

• N929MA Sold to MCC Aircraft Leasing, (Financial Corporation), McLean, VA, 27-Nov-1989.

• N929MA Leased to Sunaire Express, St Croix, USVI, (Aviation Associates), St Croix, USVI  27-Nov-1989.

Incident: 09-Jul-1991. On approach to St Thomas Airport the aircraft suffered a complete loss of power (flame out) in the left engine but landed safely without further problems. After much trouble shooting the problem was solved after the bleed valve was inspected and replaced which solved the problem.

Incident: 22-Aug-1991. In the cruise after taking off from Tortola British Virgin Islands en route to St Thomas the aircraft captain noticed an oil pressure drop whereas the oil temperature was normal. Oil appeared to be coming from out of the right engine cowling. The engine was shut down and the aircraft landed at its destination without further problems. It was found that right engine oil to fuel heater had broken at its attachment base and oil was coming out through one of the transfer tubes. The heater was replaced and the aircraft returned to service.,

• N929MA Repossessed by MCC Financial Corporation (Aircraft Leasing), McLean, VA. 06-Sep-1995.

• F-OHJF Sold to Air Moorea, 21-Sep-1995.

Registration cancelled 19-Feb-2008 - exported to Switzerland.

Dismantled for parts or scrapped.

Reduced to parts

N929MA "500" in DHC promo shot.
Photo: DHC © June 1976 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N929MA "500" at Downsview - CYZD, Ontario.
Photo: DHC © July 1976 - William Haines Collection - Michael J. Ody Collection
N929MA "500" heads out.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Circa 1976-1978 - Michael J. Ody Collection - Aird Archives
N929MA "500" of METRO AIRLINES, at Calgary - CYYC, Alberta.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © August 1978 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N929MA with METRO AIRLINES, at Dallas/ Fort Worth - KDFW, Texas.
Photo: Graham Alliance © February 1985 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N929MA of EASTERN METRO EXPRESS, at Houston / Ellington Field - EFD, Texas.
Photo: Unknown photographer © June 1987 - Erik Johannesson Collection