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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

• 9N-ABO de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date 24-Aug-1979. First flight 24-Aug-1979.

• 9N-ABO Delivered to Royal Nepal Airlines, Kathmandu, Nepal, 07-Sep-1979.

Flew via Reykjavík, Iceland - Shoreham, UK - Ajaccio, Corsica 12-Sep-1979 on delivery.

Accident: Nepalganj, Nepal 30-Jan-2002. Damaged in hard landing; repairable and returned to Seriesvice.

Accident: Lukla, Nepal 16-Oct-2011 Skidded off runway while taxiing at Lukla, Nepal and struck a retaining wall; repairable & returned to Service.

Accident: Jomsom Airport (JMO), Nepal. 16 May 2013. The aircraft sustained substantial damage in a landing accident. Three crew members and three passengers sustained Seriesious injuries. The airplane departed Pokhara Airport (PKR) on a domestic flight to Jomsom. While descending towards the destination airport, the Jomsom controller reported that there was an 8-12 knot wind with runway 24 in use. On approach the crew requested runway 06 for landing, despite the tailwind component, which exceeded the five knot tailwind limit stipulated in the company’s standard operating procedure. The airplane touched down 776 feet past the threshold of the 2,424-foot-long runway 06. It covered a distance of 194 feet on the airstrip and veered towards the grassland. The aircraft ran 705 feet on the grassland and entered the runway again. The pilot then tried to take off but the speed was insufficient. It then hit the barbed fence and went down a slope, coming to rest on the banks of Kaligandaki River.

Written off


9N-ABO at Downsview - CYZD, Ontario.
Photo: Peter Keating © August 1979 - Michael J. Ody Collection
9N-ABO in service at Kathmandu - VNKT, Nepal.
Photo: Andreas Hasler © 24 March 1986 - Erik Johannesson Collection