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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
N189GC
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Series 300

PJ-TOA • N7033U • N235SA • 8P-TIB • N235SA • J8-VBO • N235SA • N189GC • TI-BFN

N189GC

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

• PJ-TOA de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date Jul-1981. First flight date unknown.

• PJ-TOA Delivered to ALM Dutch Antillean Airlines, Willemstad, Curaçao. Flew as ABC Commuter "Aruba", 10-Aug-1981.

Note: The Netherlands Antilles consist of the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, popularly known as the 'ABCs'.

Note: At Miami, FL on delivery to Scenic 08-Oct-1988.

• N7033U Sold to Scenic Airlines, Las Vegas, NV.,13-Oct-1988.

• N235SA Re regd Scenic Airlines, Las Vegas, NV., Apr-1989.

• N235SA Sold to Twin Otter International, North Las Vegas, NV., Nov-1993.

• N235SA Leased to Scenic Airlines, Las Vegas, NV., Nov-1993.

• N235SA Returned to Twin Otter International, North Las Vegas, NV., 1994.

• N235SA Leased to Seaborne Virgin Island Inc.,Aviation, St Thomas USVI., Apr-1994.

• N235SA Returned to Twin Otter International, North Las Vegas, NV 1997.

• 8P-TIB Leased to Trans Island Air, Bridgetown, Barbados, 15-Dec-1997.

• N235SA Returned to Twin Otter International, North Las Vegas, NV., 24-Apr-1998.

• N235SA Leased to Seaborne Aviation, St Thomas, USVI, Feb-1999.

• N235SA Returned to Twin Otter International, North Las Vegas, NV., 1999.

• N235SA Sold to Kenneth Dole, Ketchikan, AK., 17-Dec-1999.

• N235SA Sold to Kevin Hack, Ketchikan, AK., 24-Apr-2000.

• N235SA Operated by Promech Air, Ketchikan, AK., 24-Apr-2000.

• N235SA Sold to N235SA LLC., Ketchikan, AK., 01-May-2002.

Incident; Ketchikan, AK. 19-Jun-2002. The float-equipped aircraft was moored at a dock. The passengers were boarded, and the two pilots were finishing preflight duties. The airplane's engines were not running. Moored at the same dock, about four feet behind N235SA, was another float-equipped deHavilland DHC-6, N353PM. Both airplanes were being operated as sightseeing flights. The pilots of N353PM had completed their pretaxi checks, and the engines were running. The pilot in command of N353PM signaled the dockhand to disconnect the shore power. The dockhand disconnected the shore power, and without direction to do so, let go the mooring ropes. N353PM, under idle power, surged forward into the tail of N235SA. Both airplanes received substantial damage. Company procedures at the time of the accident directed the dockhand to wait for a signal from the pilot before letting go the mooring ropes. Post-accident the operation was moved to a longer dock, to provide greater distance between airplanes. The procedure was also changed, and the first officer is now responsible for releasing the mooring ropes at the direction of the pilot.

• J8-VBO Leased to SVG Air - St Vincent Grenadine Air, 11-Feb-2003.

• N235SA Returned to N235SA LLC., Ketchikan, AK., 22-Jun-2005.

• N235SA Sold to Diamond Bar, Kirkland, WA., 24-Jan-2006.

• N189GC Re regd to Diamond Bar, Kirkland, WA., 05-Jun-2006.

• N189GC Leased to Grand Canyon Airlines, Grand Canyon, AZ., by-Jun-2006.

• N189GC Sold to Cortez Fisher, Kirkland, WA., 29-Jan-2008.

• N189GC Lease continued to Grand Canyon Airlines, Grand Canyon, AZ., 29-Jan-2008.

Incident. Isla Grande Airport. San Juan, Puerto Rica. 04-Jan-2010, Captain Clifford and first officer Hackler were assigned flight #1337, in aircraft N189GC, from St. Croix to, Isla Grande Airport. After landing in Isla Grande and while being ground marshalled into parking position by ramp agents , N189GC right wing brushed the right wing of N241SA that was parked on the ramp. Seaborne airlines dispatch was reported of the incident at approximately 11:15 local time by Captain Clifford. At that time the director of operations, chief pilot, director of maintenance, director of safety and human resources were notified of the incident. Both crew members and two ground support personnel were immediately removed from line Seriesvice and instructed to standby for Human Rescourses to arrive in order to conduct drug testing. The aircraft remained parked until seaborne maintenance personnel arrived to conduct an inspection of the two aircraft. Seaborne maintenance conducted an inspection of the wing tip area on both aircraft. This inspection revealed only minor paint damage to both aircraft. As a result, both aircraft were returned to Seriesvice. Note unclear who the aircraft was operating for.

• N189GC Returned to Cortez Fisher, Kirkland, WA. Canx 21-Nov-2013 Canx 21-Nov-2013.

Flew 14-Nov-2013 Boulder, NV - Hermosillo, Mexico on delivery to Nature Air.

• TI-BFN Nature Air, San José, Costa Rica, 21-Nov-2013.

Accident: La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica 02-Jan-2014. Aircraft left the runway on landing. Two crew were uninjured.

• N189GC Returned to Cortez Fisher, Kirkland, WA. Regd 10-Jun-2014. Operated by Grand Canyon Airlines.

Airworthiness date: 15-Mar-2015.

Accident: Grand Canyon National Park Airport, 24-May-2017. Left paved surface of runway on landing. Hit a light and sign and sustained minor damage. No injuries.

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PJ-TOA of ABC Commuter at Miami - KMIA, Florida.
Photo: Unknown photographer © October 1988 - Erik Johannesson Collection
N235SA Vistaliner at St Croix Harbour.
Photo: Walt Redmond © January 1997
N235SA at Ketchikan, Alaska.
Photo: Tarek Wetzel © September 2002
N189GC waiting for clients.
Photo: Unknown photogerapher © August 2008 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
N189GC at Boulder - WBU, Colorado.
Photo: Konstantin Von Wedelstaedt © 31 July 2011