N656WA

47

DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 100

Aircraft Status:

Damaged beyond economical repair

Registration History:

N223P ■ N7672 ■ N56AN ■ N656WA



Airframe History Chronology

Reg'n

N223P

N223P

N223P

N223P

N223P

N223P

N223P

N223P

N223P

N223P

N7672

N7672

N7672

N56AN

N56AN

N56AN

N56AN

N656WA

Operator

de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON

de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON

Corporate Air Transport

Otter Amalgamated Joint Venture, Chicago, IL

Cable Commuter Airlines, Ontario, CA

Aero Commuter, Long Beach, CA

Air Washington, Kent, WA

Aero Commuter, Long Beach, CA

Intermountain Aviation, Marana, AZ

Golden West Airlines, Los Angeles, CA

Air Indies, San Juan, PR

Golden West Airlines, Los Angeles CA

Noted Los Angeles 01-Aug-1971 still with Air Indies titles, removed by 16-Sep-1971

In service with Golden West by 02-Oct-1971

Air North, Burlington, VT

Air North, Burlington, VT

Air North, Burlington, VT [Northern Airways Inc., Burlington, VT]

Wiggins Airways, Manchester, NH [Air Associates, Plymouth, MA]

Wiggins Airways, Manchester, NH [Piper East Inc., Manchester, NH]

Wiggins Airways, Manchester, NH [Piper East Inc., Manchester, NH]

Dates

16-May-1967

26-May-1967

01-Jun-1967

Sep-1968

17-Sep-1968

18-Mar-1969

Mar-1969

1969

Aug-1969

1969

05-Jun-1971

Jul-1971

 

 

Dec-1971

27-Dec-1979

18-Apr-1984

01-Jul-1985

16-Dec-1987

Aug-1996

Activity

Roll Out

F/Flight

Delivered

Sold

Leased

Merged

Leased

Returned

Leased

Returned

Leased

Returned

 

 

Sold

Re-reg'd

Sold

Sold

Sold

Re-reg'd

18-Jun-2008 Crashed immediately after take-off from Barnstable Airport, Hyannis, MA as a result of a failure to remove a control lock. Wiggins Airways operate a twice-daily from Hyannis to Nantucket carrying parcels for UPS and Fedex.

Additional Historical Information

Investigation results indicate that the upper flight control lock was still attached to the column by its removable pin. The pin attaching the upper control lock to the control column remained tethered to upper flight control lock by a steel cable. However, the pins from the two other flight control lock cables were missing, and the cables exhibited pin retaining end failures consistent with overstress.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to remove the flight control lock prior to takeoff. Contributing to the accident was the Federal Aviation Administration's failure to issue an airworthiness directive making the manufacturer's previously-issued flight control lock service bulletins mandatory."

Wreckage was acquired by Dodson International Parts 30-Jul-2008


 Sheldon D. Benner Photo © Downsview, ON Jun-1967

Sheldon D. Benner Photo © Downsview, ON Jun-1967


 Photographer Unknown © Los Angeles, CA Aug-1968

Photographer Unknown © Los Angeles, CA Aug-1968


 Photographer Unknown © Nov-1968

Photographer Unknown © Nov-1968


 Photographer Unknown © Long Beach, CA

Photographer Unknown © Long Beach, CA


 Photographer Unknown © Los Angeles, CA

Photographer Unknown © Los Angeles, CA


 Photographer Unknown © San Juan, PR

Photographer Unknown © San Juan, PR


 Photographer Unknown © Los Angeles, CA

Photographer Unknown © Los Angeles, CA


 Photographer Unknown © Burlington, VT Jan-1978

Photographer Unknown © Burlington, VT Jan-1978


 I.G. MacPherson Photo © Burlington, VT 09-Oct-1978

I.G. MacPherson Photo © Burlington, VT 09-Oct-1978


 Photographer Unknown © Calgary, AB Jan-1980

Photographer Unknown © Calgary, AB Jan-1980


 Michael J. Ody Photo © Calgary, AB Jan-1980

Michael J. Ody Photo © Calgary, AB Jan-1980


 Kenneth I. Swartz/Aeromedia Communications Photo © Burlington, VT Feb-1985

Kenneth I. Swartz/Aeromedia Communications Photo © Burlington, VT Feb-1985


 MLB Photography Photo © Boston, MA 30-May-1986

MLB Photography Photo © Boston, MA 30-May-1986


 Kenneth I. Swartz/Aeromedia Communications Photo © Hyannis Aug-2001

Kenneth I. Swartz/Aeromedia Communications Photo © Hyannis Aug-2001