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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300

HK-2215X • HK-2215 • N784DL • HK-3523 • N228CS


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

• HK-2215X de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date 02-Feb-1979. First flight 02-Feb-1979.

• HK-2215X Delivered to ACES - Aerolineas Centrales Colombia, 09-Feb-1979.

• HK-2215 Re regd to ACES - Aerolineas Centrales Colombia. Date unknown.

Noted at Opa-locka, FL 15-Aug-1987 in green & white c/s, Colombian flag, but no titles

• N784DL Sold to Etty Aerospace, Toronto, ON., 31-Aug-1984.

• N784DL Sold to Cosmopolitan Broadcasting Corporation, 31-Aug-1984.

• N784DL Leased to Lewis Airlines Seaplane Shuttle, Saint Croix, USVI. "SeaJet" [Cosmopolitan Broadcasting, New York, NY] 31-Aug-1984.

Withdrawn from use & parked at St. Croix, USVI from Jan to Dec 1986

Flew to Opa-Locka, FL Jan-1987 & remained parked there through Aug-1987

• N784DL Cosmopolitan Broadcasting, New York, NY. Regd 25-Aug-1987

• N784DL Sold to First Texas Turbine Aircraft Corp., Horseshoe Bay, TX., 24-Sep-1987.

Note: Remained parked at Opa-locka, FL & noted there through at least 24-Aug-1988, still in Lewis Airlines c/s

• N784DL Sale reported to Gunby Aero. Detail unknown.

• N784DL Sold to World Jet Aircraft International, Ft Lauderdale, FL., 06-Sep-1989.

• HK-3523 Reported as for Avionic de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia. Detail unknown.

• HK-3523 Sold to AEROTACA - Aerotaxi Casanare Bogota, Colombia, 28-Sep-1989.

Withdrawn from use at Houston-Hobby, TX & noted there 10-Feb-1998, 06-Jul-1998 & 05-Aug-1998.

• N228CS Sold to Fayard Enterprises, Louisburg, NC., 07-Oct-1998.

• N228CS Fayard Enterprises, Louisburg, NC (F & M Aviation, Wilmington DE), 21-Jan-2005.

• N228CS Fayard Enterprises, Louisburg, NC (Avtran LLC., Clayton, MO) 22-Aug-2005

• N228CS Sold to DP Acquisitions, Wilmington, DE., 17-Nov-2005.

Flew Galveston, TX - Eldorado, AR - Liberal, KS - Rapid City, SD - Mile City, MT - Springbank, AB 14/15-Mar-2006

Flew Springbank, AB - Boise, ID - Hollister, CA - Hilo, HI - Christmas Island - Papeete, Tahiti 20/26-Jul-2006

• F-OIQI Leased to Air Moorea, Papeete, French Polynesia, 17-Nov-2006.

Accident: 1,5 km (0.9 mls) off Moorea-Temae Airport, French Polynesia. 09-Aug-2007. Air Moorea flies shuttle Seriesvices between the islands of Moorea and Tahiti. Flight 1121 took off around noon. Immediately after takeoff the Twin Otter began to descend until it struck the sea., The accident was caused by the loss of airplane pitch control following the failure, at low height, of the elevator pitch-up control cable at the time the flaps were retracted. This failure was due to a sequence of the following: - Large wear of a cable to the right of a rope guide; - External phenomenon, probably jet blast, causing the rupture of several strands- Failure of the last strands as a result of strain during the flight when using the elevator. One crew and nineteen passengers killed. Aircraft destroyed and written off.

Written off

HK-2215 at Miami / Opa-Locka - OPF, Florida.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
N784DL of SEA JET, at Saint Croix.
Photo: Bob Trader © 21 February 1985 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N784DL at end of her lease.
Photo: Unknown photographer © December 1985 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
HK-3523 at Bogota, Colombia.
Photo: Unknown photographer © February 1991 - Erik Johannesson Collection
HK-3523 at Bogota, Colombia.
HK-3523 at Houston / Hobby - KHOU, Texas.
Photo: Unknown photographer © August 1998 - Erik Johannesson Collection
N228CS looking rather "worn" . . .
Photo: Unknown photographer © September 2004
F-OIQI an ill fated machine.
Photo: Peter Lewis © 07 July 2007 - Aird Archives