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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300

• N97RA • N241SA • TI-BRO


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

• N97RA de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date 02-Sep-1977. First flight 08-Sep-1977.

• N97RA Delivered to Rio Airways Inc,. Killeen, TX, 20-Sep-1977. Oct-1977.

Accident. College Station, TX. 07-Feb-1980. On taxi prior to take off. Right lower landing gear leg separated at y joint.

• N97RA Sold to Scenic Airlines, 04-Apr-1985.

• N241SA Re regd to Scenic Airlines, Jun-1985.

Accident 03-Mar-1989. On landing rollout, a gust turned aircraft toward a ditch, which it crossed and hit cargo trailer. Minor damage.

• N241SA Sold to Twin Otter International, Nov-1993.

• N241SA Sold to Scenic / Skywest Airlines, Nov-1993.

• N241SA Change of ownership Scenic/Eagle Canyon Airlines, 1996.

Accident: Monument Valley UT 05-May-2000, The flight was departing runway 34 (4,000 ft. x 75 ft., dirt). According to the operator, the airplane encountered 'wind shear' from the right and then from the left. The take-off was aborted. Directional control was lost, and the airplane veered left and hit a dirt berm.

Winds were reported to be from 210 degrees at 10 knots, with gusts to 20 knots. 2 crew and, 15 passengers survived – repaired.

Total time at May-2000 – 39,514 hours.

• N241SA Returned to Seriesvice with Scenic / Eagle Canyon Airlines, 2000.

• N241SA Sold to Eagle Canyon Leasing Inc., Las Vegas, NV., 05-Mar-2002.

• N241SA Leased to Scenic Airlines, Las Vegas, NV., 07-Oct-2003.

Accident: Nth Las Vegas Airport, NV. 11-Sep-2005. At approximately 12:43 pdt, the aircraft being operated on a scheduled air carrier flight, exited the runway on landing and came to rest in a shallow ditch. The aircraft came to a stop on a gravel area to the right of the landing runway, 12R, settling onto its left wingtip, and oriented approximately 80 degrees to the right of the runway centreline. Damage was limited to the left wingtip fairing, lower wing skin 24" to 36" inboard of the fairing, outboard left aileron panel and aileron hinge. The left main tire had come off the rim due to side loads, and there was minor damage to the left main strut fairing. The two crew and 17 passengers were uninjured. The wind conditions on runway 12R at the time the aircraft landed contributed to the incident. The captain (pilot flying) reported that on the roll out, with props in reverse, a gust turned the aircraft abruptly to the right. The aircraft continued to the right even as he applied full left rudder and reverse on the left engine. Although the ATIS-reported wind (14015g20) was within the company and AFM crosswind component limitations for the aircraft, it is likely that a gust or shear exceeding this value caused the runway excursion.

• N241SA Sold to Monarch Enterprises, Kirkland, WA., 28-Mar-2007.

• N241SA Lease continued with Scenic Airlines, Las Vegas, NV., 28-Mar-2007.

• N241SA Sold to Diamond Bar, Kirkland, WA. Regd 04-May-2007.

• N241SA Lease continued with Scenic Airlines, Las Vegas, NV., 04-May-2007.

• N241SA Operated with Seaborne Airlines (Airshuttle) in Puerto Rico, circa Feb & Jul 2010.

Flew: 14-Nov-2013 Boulder, NV - Hermosillo, Mexico.

• N241SA Diamond Bar, Kirkland, WA. Canx 21-Nov-2013 on sale to Costa Rica.

• TI-BRO Nature Air,  San Jose, Costa Rica.

Accident: La Fortuna, Costa Rica 02-Jan-2014.  Damaged on landing. The aircraft was arriving on a scheduled flight from San Jose, and there were no injuries.

• N241SA Grannd Canyon Scenic Airlines, Las Vegas, NV (Diamond Bar LLC, Kirkland, WA). Regd 23-Sep-2016.

Note Underwent avionics upgrade at AIE, Murrietta, CA. Completed 19-Nov-2018.

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N97RA at Killeen - ILE, Texas.
Photo: Unknown photographer © March 1981 - Erik Johannesson Collection
N241SA at North Las Vegas - VGT, Nevada.
Photo: Bob Garrard © 29 July 1985 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N241SA at Boulder City - BLD, Nevada.
Photo: John Tomlinson © 12 October 2011
N241SA at BLD - Boulder City, Nevada.
Photo: Danny Hoggard © 17 October 2020 - Aird Archives