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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

• G-BIEI de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date 10-Oct-1980. First flight 14-Oct-1980.

• G-BIEI Delivered to Bristow Helicopters, Redhill, Surrey, UK. 30-Oct-1980.

Flew Via Reykjavík, Iceland - London-Gatwick, UK 02-Nov-1980; departed Redhill, UK 08-Nov-1980 for Malaysia

• 9M-SSH Sold to Bristow Malaysia, Kuala Trengganu, Malaysia, 20-Nov-1980.

• 9M-SSH Sold to MHS-Malaysian Helicopter Service, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1983.

• 9N-AEB Sold to Lumbini Airways, Kathmandu, Nepal, Jun-1997.

• 9N-AFE Sold to Yeti Airways, Kathmandu, Nepal, Dec-1998.

Accident: Bajura, Nepal, 03-Jul-2006 Collided with perimeter fence on approach, which tore off left main gear; the aircraft then impacted a culvert before coming to a stop some 900 feet from the runway threshold. Repaired & returned to Seriesvice.

Accident. Surkhet, Nepal 29-Jun-2007 Veered off the runway, and nose gear failed on landing .Repaired & returned to Seriesvice.

Accident: Lukla, Nepal. 08-Oct-2008. The aircraft took off from Kathmandu Airport at 06.51 on a domestic flight to Lukla. Lukla Airport has a single runway, 06/24 which is situated at an elevation of 9,380 feet. The 1,600 feet long bitumen runway has an upslope of 11.75%. Runway 06 can only be used for landing.

Visibility was reported as poor as the Twin Otter came in to land. It contacted rocks near the runway, crashed and caught fire. The captain was the only survivor.

According to a member of the government investigating panel, "The crew made incorrect judgment of information on deteriorating weather condition and flew the aircraft into a patch of cloud."

Written off


9M-SSH ready for start-up.
Photo: Peter Steinemann © September 1983
9M-SSH in different colour scheme.
Photo: K. Juter © January 1985 - Michael J. Ody Collection
9N-AFE at Kathmandu - VNKT, Nepal.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Erik Johannesson Collection