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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

• 5A-DCS de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date 24-Apr-1979. First flight 24-Apr-1979.

• 5A-DCS Delivered to Libyan Government - Council for Land Reclamation & Development, 15-May-1979.

Incident Tripoli Airport, Libya, 15-Apr-1985 The early 1980's was a period of escalating reciprocal actions by the United States and Libya. The U.S. claimed that several terrorist attacks, including on the airports of Vienna and Rome in 1985, were carried out by Libyan-supported terrorism. The U.S. decided to push the issue in the Spring of 1986, contemplating a military attack in order to send a message about support for international terrorism. After several days of diplomatic talks with European and Arab partners, President Reagan ordered the strike on Libya on April 14: Operation "Eldorado Canyon". In the early morning of April 15 several airports and the Libyan defense network were targeted. Six General Dynamics F-111F strategic bombers attacked Tripoli Airport, destroying military fighters as well as three Ilyushin 76 transport planes (5A-DNF, 5A-DNL, 5A-DLL), a DHC-6 Twin Otter (5A-DCS). At Benina Airport, six Grumman A-6E Intruders caused the destruction of Mi-8 helicopters. A Fokker F-27 (5A-DLP) was damaged beyond repair.

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5A-DCS at the Downsview plant - CYZD.
Photo: Sheldon D. Bennet © June 1979 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
Photo: Russell Brown © 27 July 1979 - Michael J. Ody Collection
5A-DCS in the shadows at Zurich - LSZH, Switzerland.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 10 October 1982 - Michael J. Ody Collection