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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300

5H-MRB • 5Y-BIO • 5H-***


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

• 5H-MRB de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date 10-Mar-1978. First flight 13-Mar-1978.

• 5H-MRB Delivered to Air Tanzania, "Manyara", 16-May-1978.

Accident: Dodoma, Tanzania. 03-May-1990. Damaged in aborted hard landing on nose gear during positioning flight. Following the incident, the aircraft continued on to Dar es Salaam and was withdrawn from use there. It remained out of Seriesvice until Jul-1993 when it was shipped to Nairobi for rebuilding by Airkenya.

• 5H-MRB Sold to Air Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya, Jul-1993.

Disassembled & transported via airfreight to Nairobi-Wilson for rebuilding.

• 5Y-BIO Air Kenya Aviation, Nairobi, Kenya. Registered Jul-1993.

• 5H-*** Regional Air Seervices, Arusha, Tanzania. Transferred 01-Feb-2008 (A subsidiary of Airkenya).

• 5Y-BIO Air Kenya Aviation, Nairobi Returned 09-Dec-2008.

Note: Name changed to Airkenya Express, Nairobi, Kenya, Jan-2007.

• Current •


5H-MRB ready for delivery to AIR TANZANIA, at Downsviw - CYZD, Ontario.
Photo: Unknown photographer © April 1978 - Michael J. Ody Collection
5H-MRB on the grass at Shoreham - EGKA, UK.
Photo: Paul Hayes © May 1978
5Y-BIO in AIRKENYA markings, at Nairobi / Wilson - HKNW, Kenya.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Erik Johannesson Collection
5Y-BIO during UN lease.
Photo: Unknown photographer © April 2003 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
5Y-BIO in newer AIRKENYA colour scheme, again at Nairobi / Wilson - HKNW.
Photo: Dave Parker © April 2012 - Erik Johannesson Collection
5Y-BIO at Nairobi / Wilson - HKNW.
Photo: Chris Buckley © 14 November 2023 - Aird Archives