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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300

Aircraft Status:

Damaged beyond economical repair

Registration History:

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Operator

de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON

de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON

British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

Loganair, Glasgow

British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

Loganair, Glasgow

British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

Loganair, Glasgow

British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

Damaged on take-off at Mount Charity, Antarctica 24-Feb-1981; repairable (see details below)

Dismantled and shipped to U.K. for repair & arrived there 13-May-1981; rebuilding completed 12-Jul-1981

Jersey European Airways, Jersey

British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

Badly damaged in gale force winds at Rothera, Antarctica 18-Nov-1981 (see details below)

Dismantled and shipped to U.K. & arrived there 11-May-1982 (see details below)

Dates

Jun-1977

27-Jun-1977

11-Jul-1977

30-Mar-1978

03-Sep-1978

29-Mar-1979

07-Sep-1979

29-Mar-1980

05-Sep-1980

 

 

Jul-1981

07-Sep-1981

 

 

Activity

Roll Out

F/Flight

Delivered

Leased

Returned

Leased

Returned

Leased

Returned

 

 

Leased

Returned

 

24-Feb-1981 Sustained major damage to nose section upon hitting a hard sastrugi on take-off from the Mount Charity area. The aircraft continued to destination at Rothera, but damage was unable to be repaired on site. The aircraft was dismantled & shipped to the U.K. and repairs were completed by Mann Aviation Ltd. at Fairoaks, UK by 12-Jul-1981.

18-Nov-1981 Sustained major damage (again) when it was torn from its tie-down ropes and overturned during gale force winds at the Rothera Station. It was dismantled and shipped to the U.K. Following assessment it was determined that the aircraft was beyond economical repair, and the fuselage remained present at Fairoaks, UK until 1987.

The remains of the aircraft were sold in the U.S. in 1987, and were loaded into a container at Fairoaks 12/14-Mar-1987. The purchaser was reportedly based in Washington State.


 MLB Photography Photo © Toronto, ON Oct-1977

MLB Photography Photo © Toronto, ON Oct-1977


 Russell Brown Photo © Toronto, ON Sep-1979

Russell Brown Photo © Toronto, ON Sep-1979