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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 100
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Series 100

N591MA • VP-BDC • N228H


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

• N591MA de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out 27-Nov1967. First flight 16-Nov-1967.

• N591MA MAC - Miami Aviation Corporation. Opal Loca, FL. Delivered 01-Dec-1967.

• N591MA Sherlock D, Hackley, dba., Island Flying Services, Nassau, Bahamas. Regd 01-Dec-1967.

• N591MA Sold to Island Air Lease Bahamas. Operated by Out Island Airways, Nassau, Bahamas. Regd Nov-1969.

• VP-BDC Re regd to Island Air Lease Bahamas. Operated by Out Island Airways, Nassau, Bahamas. Regd Nov-1969.

• VP-BDC Change of name to Bahamasair, Nassau, Bahamas.  Regd Jan-1973.

• C6-BDC Re regd with new country designation to Bahamasair, Nassau, Bahamas. Regd Jan-1974.

• C6-BDC Sold to Turks & Caicos National Airways, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. Regd 05-Dec-1974.

• N2228H Sold to MAC-Miami Aviation Corporation, Opa-Locka, FL Apr-1976

• N2228H Citibank NA. Location unknown. Regd 20-Jan-1977

• C-GGAW Sold to Air West Airlines, Vancouver, BC. Regd 07-Dec-1976.

• C-GGAW Name change to Airwest Airlines, Vancouver, BC Regd Apl-1979.

• C-GGAW Name change to Air BC, Vancouver, BC. Regd 01-Dec-1980.

• C-GGAW Air BC (Canadian Pacific Commuter) Vancouver, BC. (f/n 605), Regd 02-Oct-1983.

• C-GGAW Sold to Boeing of Canada, Toronto, ON. Remained operated by Air BC. 27-Nov-1986

• C-GGAW Air BC (Air Canada Connector) Vancouver, BC. (f/n 605), Later (Fln 068) Later (f/n 608), Regd 26-Apl-1987.

• C-GGAW Leased to Pacific Coastal Airlines, Vancouver, BC. Regd May-1993.

• C-GGAW Returned to Boeing of Canada, Toronto, ON., and Air BC (Air Canada Connector) Vancouver, BC. (f/n 608), Regd 18-Sep1993.

• C-GGAW Sold to West Coast Air Services, Vancouver, BC, Regd 24-Jan-1996.

Accident: Coal Harbour(CXH) Vancouver, BC. 01-Nov-2000. The West Coast Air Twin Otter (DeHavilland DHC6-100, s/n 086) was in the take-off phase of flight from the Vancouver Harbour (CYHC) water aerodrome. The aircraft was operating under the call sign Coast 608 (C608) and was carrying 2 crew members and 15 passengers for the destination of Victoria. The aircraft was taking off on a NE heading with an easterly wind of 5 - 10 knots and calm water conditions. The passengers received a safety briefing while the aircraft was at the dock prior to starting engines. The take-off commenced normally with all performance parameters reported and called as normal. Within seconds of lift-off, flames were observed on the starboard side followed immediately by a loud bang and a power loss on the right-side engine (PT6A-27). An attempt was made to land straight ahead. The aircraft struck the water in a shallow right turn and a nose down attitude. The starboard wing separated from the aircraft and both floats were substantially damaged. The crew and passengers evacuated the cabin through the main entrance door and the two cockpit doors. The majority of passengers were wearing their life vests. Within minutes several vessels, including the public transit SeaBus, arrived at the scene. The SeaBus deployed an inflatable raft for the passengers, who were all located on top of the floating wreckage. Passengers and crew were taken ashore by several vessels and transported to hospital for observation. There were no serious injuries. The aircraft subsequently sank and was being recovered for inspection and analysis.

• C-GGAW Erwin Aero Industries, Airdrie, AB. Regd 06-Feb-2007. Canx 18-Jul-2012.

Broken up for parts recovery


N591MA gets prepped.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Michael J. Ody Collection
N591MA at Nassau, Bahamas.
Photo: Peter Keating © May 1968 - Erik Johannsson Collection
N591MA different colours, Out Island Airways, same location.
Photo: Peter Keating © September 1970 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N2228H at Vancouver South.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 16 December 1976
C-GGAW at CXH with AirWest.
Photo: John Kimberley © August 1979 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GGAW about to have a makeover.
Photo: John Kimberley © March 1980 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GGAW work in progress, at Vancouver.
Photo: John Kimberley © May 1980 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GGAW as "f/n 068" with Air BC.
Photo: John Kimberley © September 1988 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GGAW for airBC at Vancouver.
Photo: John Kimberley © April 1994 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GGAW with West Coast Air at Vancouver's Coal Harbour.
Photo: Unknown photographer © June 1996 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GGAW as "f/n 608" at Victoria Harbour.
Photo: Neil Aird © 15 October 1997