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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

• N403CA de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date 09-Jun-1978. First flight 23-Jun-1978.

• N403CA Delivered to CLARK Aviation (Allegheny Commuter), 28-Jun-1978.

• N403CA Clark Leasing Corporation, New Cumberland, PA., Sep-1978.

• N403CA Name changed to Pennsylvania Airlines (Allegheny Commuter).

• N403CA Sold to Holiday Airlines, Newark, NJ., 20-Jun-1986.

Noted at Newark, NJ 06-Aug-1986 without titles.

• N403CA Sold to Pal Air International, Tonopah, NV., 15-May-1989.

• N403CA Sold to Methow Aviation, Everett, WA., 12-Jun-1989.

• N403CA Sold to Pal Air International, Reno ,NV., 19-Nov-1991.

• N403CA Sold to General Aviation Sevices, Wheeling, IL., 19-Dec-1993.

• N403CA Sold to Specialised Aircraft Services, Wichita, KS., Regd 25-Feb-1993.

• N403CA Leased to Absil Air, Lanseria, RSA., 26-Mar-1993.

• ZS-NJK Sold to Absil Air, Lanseria, RSA., 26-Oct-1993.

 ZS-NJK Leased to Rossair Contracts, Lanseria, RSA., Mar-1998.

• ZS-NJK Returned to Altini Absil Partnership, Alberton, Gauteng, RSA.

• ZS-NJK Leased to Solenta Aviation operated for Air Seriesv International (an NGO), Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. By Aug-2007.

Accident 30 km (18.8 mls) E of Punia Airport (PUN) (Congo (Democratic Republic)) 31 August 2007. The Twin Otter took off from runway 10 at Punia and was being ferried back from Punia to Goma in VMC. It was involved in an accident some 8-10 minutes after departure when the vertical stabiliSeries hit high tension wires that provides electrical power to the town of Tshamaka and which crosses the River Lowa. The pilot lost control of the aircraft and the airplane crash-landed in the River. The airplane came to rest inverted in the water and was badly damaged and soon after sank into the river.

Solenta’s Emergency Response Plan was initiated at the distress call phase Both the pilots were located and extracted by the client's own Search and Rescue party with a C208 dispatched from nearby Goma, to the east. A Solenta engineer was aboard the C208 involved in the S&R mission and the aircraft and crew were located within a very short space of time. The report states that the two crew members were fatally injured.

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N403CA of ALLEGHENY COMMUTER, at Harrisburg - KMDT, Pennsylvania.
Photo: Eddie Cook © Date unknown - Erik Johannesson Collection
N403CA at Newark - KEWR, in HOLIDAY titles.
Photo: Unknown photographer © December 1988 - Michael J. Ody Collection