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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300

N302EH (2) • N64791  N302EH (2)


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

• N302EH (2) de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date 30-May-1977. First flight 30-May-1977.

• N302EH (2) Delivered to Evergreen Helicopters of Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK., 14-Jun-1977. Regd 20-Jul-1977.

• N64791 Re regd to Evergreen Helicopters, Anchorage, AK., 14-Jun-1977.

• N302EH (2) , BurmaRe regd to, Evergreen Helicopters, Anchorage, AK., 20-Jul-1977.

• G-STUD Sold to Fairflight Charters, Biggin Hill, UK. 10-Oct-1979.

Noted at Biggin Hill, UK 20-Oct-1979 still carrying N302EH; Air Ecosse titles applied 28-Oct-1979.

• G-STUD Leased to Air Ecosse, Aberdeen, UK. 28-Oct-1979.

Accident: Flotta, in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. 20-Apr-1983. Strong winds were reported at Flotta as the Twin Otter approached Orkney Island. The aircraft first contacted the airport at 11:56, and was informed that the surface wind was indicating 260deg/26 knots. The pilot accordingly elected to make a straight in approach to runway 35. The pilot preferred the cross-wind to come from his left-hand side, so that he could 'see' the left mainwheel onto the runway. The aircraft touched down left mainwheel first, then on the right mainwheel and, as the nosewheel touched, the commander selected reverse thrust from the propellers. As the aircraft touched down, the audible stall warning sounded momentarily. Shortly after reverse thrust from the propellers had been selected and achieved, the aircraft’s left wing started to rise. The captain applied full left wing down aileron and full left rudder, then cancelling reverse thrust from the right-hand propeller and increasing forward power on that engine.

However, he was still unable to prevent the left wing from rising further. The right-hand wing-tip contacted the ground, the aircraft yawed to the right and then fell back momentarily onto the main wheels before ‘cartwheeling’ through an aerodrome boundary fence and coming to rest on its left side, with both wings detached. The wreckage of the aircraft was transported to the U.S. and was noted initially at Opa-locka, FL in Oct-1984, on 01-Feb-1985, and again 02-Mar-1985. It was subsequently transported to Arlington, WA.

Status unknown


G-STUD of AIR ECOSSE at Glasgow / Abbotsinch, Scotland.
Photo: Ian Woodcock © circa.1979-80
G-STUD of AIR ECOSSE on another gloomy day.
Photo: George Ditchfield © July 1981 - Michael J. Ody Collection
G-STUD at Opa-Locka, Florida - "Oh dearie me!"
Photo: Michael J. Ody © October 1984