Twin Otter Update / by Erik Johannesson

 Mike Burdett Photo © Chatteris 22-Apr-2018

Mike Burdett Photo © Chatteris 22-Apr-2018

 Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 18-Apr-2018

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 18-Apr-2018


17 - DHC-6-100 C-FSCA Transwest Air LP, Prince Albert, SK

Damaged beyond repair in hangar fire at Prince Albert, SK on 15-Apr-2018. Just a few days prior, we received some photos of C-FSCA in the hangar, as seen below. This aircraft was the oldest operational Twin Otter in Canada, delivered to Shell Canada in 1966.


389 - DHC-6-300 PK-HVN PT Dimonim Air, Jakarta

Flew Merauke - Horn Island, QLD - Cairns, QLD 21/22-Apr-2018, presumably for maintenance.


527 - DHC-6-300 N716JP Bald Mountain Air Service, Homer, AK

Aircraft struck a person just after becoming airborne from a sea ice strip approximately 140 miles from Deadhorse, AK on 20-Mar-2018. The aircraft was participating in ICEX 2018 exercise at the time, and it sustained significant damage to left wing and aileron.

As it was unflyable, and located on deteriorating sea ice, the choices became abandon the aircraft where it sat, or devise a plan to have it slung out from the very remote location. Over the ensuing days the engines and wings were able to be removed, and it was eventually recovered successfully from the ice by Tanalian & Northern Pioneer Helicopters.

It would not have been the first Twin Otter to succumb to being abandoned on the ice, nor would it be the first to have been unceremoniously dropped during recovery - so all in all, a good job by everyone involved. 

The injured person was a civilian contractor employed by the Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory, and amazingly he survived the incident.

A variety of pictures can be seen below, all with credit to Pete Johnson.


783 - DHC-6-300 VP-FBB British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

Flew Grand Cayman - Houston-Sugarland, TX - Garden City, KS - Casper, WY - Calgary-Int'l, AB - Springbank, AB 04/06-Apr-2018 returning from Antarctica.


793 - DHC-6-300 C-FKBU Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Registered 19-Apr-2018; this aircraft had been returned from PAL Airlines lease in Oct-2017 but had not been officially registered to Kenn Borek until now.