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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300



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

• G-BELS de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date 08-Feb-1977. First 08-Feb-1977.

• G-BELS Delivered to Loganair, 17-Mar-1977.

Flew via Reykjavik, Iceland & arrived Glasgow, UK on delivery 19-Mar-1977

• G-BELS Metropolitan Airways, Bournemouth, UK. 03-Apr-1982.

Flew Luton - Bournemouth 03-Apr-1982 on delivery

• ZK-MCO Sold to Mount Cook Airlines, Mount Cook, NZ. 12-Dec-1983.

Departed Bournemouth, UK 30-Nov-1983, and arrived Christchurch, New Zealand 12-Dec-1983

• ZK-MCO Sold to Tourism Holdings, Queenstown, NZ., Apr-1998.

Note: Withdrawn from use at Queenstown 05-Aug-1998

• N530JM Sold to Jetstream Aircraft Sales Inc., Boca Raton, FL 26-Aug-1998.

Flew Auckland - Lord Howe Island, Coolangatta - Mount Isa - Darwin - Denpasar - Singapore - Medan - Colombo -Male 08/14-Nov-1998

• N530JM Paul's Aircraft Services, Yellowknife, NT, Canada 07-Dec-1998.

• 8Q-HIG Leased to Hummingbird Airways, Male, MI, Dec-1998.

• 8Q-TMD  Change of name to Trans Maldivian Airways, Male, MI (Paul's Aircraft Services, Yellowknife, NT, Canada), 30-Jan-2000.

• 8Q-TMD Re regd to Trans Maldivian Airways, Male, MI, 05-Mar-2008. 34,746.1 hours. Stored Malé 2012.

Incident Biyaadhoo Training Lagoon 11-Jul-2011 A float-equipped de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter sustained substantial damage in a heavy landing in Biyaadhoo Training Lagoon, Maldives. The two pilots on board were not injured.

The aircraft had departed from North bound left (NL) water runway of Male International Airport (MLE) at 08:20 local time for a routine training flight bound to Biyaadhoo Lagoon, the designated training area. The sky was clear with good visibility and wind 8-10 knots from west and south west.

During the training five landings and takeoffs were made simulating different conditions of flight. All these landings and takeoffs were made inside the lagoon except the last landing where the crew decided to land on open water outside the lagoon. The crew were simulating a tail wind/single engine landing.

As per the crew, the aircraft initial touch down was smooth. However, they stroke a wave which made the aircraft bounce foe about 20 feet. With the low power aircraft hit the water again with great impact, resulting multiple float attachments to break. Both front and main spreader bars broke and floats rose up, twisted and hitting the bottom engine cowlings. Propeller cuts were found on front of both floats. Also, the flaps as well as the flap selectors were found on the zero position.

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Photo: Unknown photographer © January 1978 - Michael J. Ody Collection - Aird Archives
G-BELS at Aberdeen - EGPD, Scotland.
Photo: Ron Kosys © 18 July 1978 - Aird Archives
G-BELS fresh out of paint shop, at Luton - EGGW.
Photos: Ron Kosys © 03 April 1982 - Aird Archives
G-BELS at Glasgow / Prestwick - EGPK, Scotland.
Photo: Ken Marshall © 17 July 1982 - Aird Archives
G-BELS of Metropolitan.
Photo: Nigel Chalcraft © September 1982 - Michael J. Ody Collection
ZK-MCO of MOUNT COOK AIRLINE at Queenstown - NZQN, New Zealand.
Photo: Robbie Shaw © 24 November 1995 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Erik Johannesson Collection
ZK-MCO at Auckland - NZAA, New Zealand.
Photo: Unknown photographer © March 1984 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
ZK-MCO at Dunedin - NZDN, New Zealand.
Photo: Unknown photographer © February 1985 - Michael J. Ody Collection
8Q-TMD at Kuredu, Maldive Islands.
Photo: Stephen Rendle © 08 August 2010
8Q-TMD at Maadhiggaru Falhu, South Malé Atoll.
Photos: Maldivian CAA © 11 July 2011 - Aird Archives