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DHC-6 Twin Otter
A WinAir DHC-6 Twin Otter landing at St Barthelemy Gustaf III Airport.
Role Utility aircraft
Manufacturer de Havilland Canada
Viking Air - (400 series)
First flight May 20, 1965
Introduction 1966
Produced 1965–1988 (Series 100-300)
2008–present (Series 400)
Number built 850+
Unit cost
$7,000,000 US$[1]
Developed from DHC-3 Otter
Developed into de Havilland Canada Dash 7

The de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter is a Canadian 19-passenger STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) utility aircraft developed by de Havilland Canada and currently produced by Viking Air. The aircraft's fixed tricycle undercarriage, STOL abilities and high rate of climb have made it a successful cargo, regional passenger airliner and MEDEVAC aircraft. In addition, the Twin Otter has been popular with commercial skydiving operations, and is used by the United States Army Parachute Team and the United States Air Force's 98th Flying Training Squadron.

Design and development

Aerovías DAP DHC-6 Series 300 at Puerto Williams

A Twin Otter making a normal landing approach in Queensland.

First flight of the Series 400 technical demonstrator by Viking Air, October 1, 2008

Development of the aircraft began in 1964, with the first flight on May 20, 1965. A twin-engined replacement for the single-engined Otter retaining DHC's renowned STOL qualities, design features included double-slotted trailing edge flaps and ailerons that work in unison with the flaps to boost STOL performance. The availability of the 550 shp (410 kW) Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-20 propeller turbine engine in the early 1960s made the concept of a twin more feasible. To bush operators, the improved reliability of turboprop power and the improved performance of a twin-engined configuration made it an immediately popular alternative to the single engined, piston-powered Otter which had been flying since 1951.

The first six aircraft produced were designated Series 1, indicating that they were prototype aircraft. The initial production run consisted of Series 100 aircraft, serial number seven to 115 inclusive. In 1968, Series 200 production began with serial number 116. Changes made at the beginning of Series 200 production included improving the STOL performance, adding a longer nose that was equipped with a larger baggage compartment (except for aircraft fitted with floats) and fitting a larger door to the rear baggage compartment. All Series 1, 100 and 200 aircraft and their variants (110, 210) were fitted with the 550 shaft-horsepower PT6A-20 engines.

In 1969, the Series 300 was introduced, beginning with serial number 231. Both aircraft performance and payload were improved by fitting more powerful PT6A-27 engines. This was a 680 hp (510 kW) engine that was flat-rated to 620 hp (460 kW) for use in the Series 300 Twin Otter. The Series 300 proved to be the most successful variant by far, with 614 Series 300 aircraft and their sub-variants (Series 310 for United Kingdom operators, Series 320 for Australian operators, etc.) sold before production ended in 1988.

New production

After Series 300 production ended, the remaining tooling was purchased by Viking Air of Victoria, British Columbia, who manufacture replacement parts for all of the out-of-production de Havilland Canada aircraft. On February 24, 2006, Viking purchased the type certificates from Bombardier Aerospace for all the out-of-production de Havilland DHC-1 through DHC-7 aircraft.[2] The ownership of the certificates gives Viking the exclusive right to manufacture new aircraft.

On July 17, 2006, at the Farnborough Air Show, Viking Air announced its intention to offer a Series 400 Twin Otter. On April 2, 2007, Viking announced that with 27 orders and options in hand, it was restarting production of the Twin Otter, equipped with a more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34/35 engine.[3] As of November 2007, 40 firm orders and 10 options had been taken and a new final assembly plant established in Calgary, Alberta.[4][5] Zimex Aviation of Switzerland received the first new production aircraft, serial number 845, in July 2010.[6][7]

Major changes introduced with the Series 400 include Honeywell Primus Apex fully integrated avionics, deletion of the AC electrical system, deletion of the beta backup system, modernization of the electrical and lighting system, and use of composites for non-load-bearing structures such as doors.[8]

Announced orders

Operational history

de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter on Beechey Island at seamen's graves of John Franklin expedition (Nunavut, Canada) c. 1997. Note the tundra tires.

Twin Otters could be delivered directly from the factory with floats, skis or tricycle landing gear fittings, making them adaptable bush planes for remote and northern areas including Canada and the United States, specifically Alaska. Many Twin Otters still serve in the far north, but they can also be found in Africa, Australia, Antarctica and other regions where bush planes are the optimum means of travel. Their versatility and maneuverability have made them popular in areas with difficult flying environments, including Papua New Guinea. In Norway, the Twin Otter paved the way for the network of short-field airports, connecting the rural areas with the larger towns with outstanding reliability, and remained in service until 2000 on certain routes. Widerøe of Norway was, at one time, the world's largest operator of Twin Otters. During one period of its tenure in Norway, the Twin Otter fleet achieved over 96,000 cycles (takeoff, flight and landing) per year.

A number of commuter airlines in the United States got their start by operating Twin Otters in scheduled passenger operations. Houston Metro Airlines (which later changed its name to Metro Airlines) constructed their own STOLport airstrip with a passenger terminal and maintenance hangar in Clear Lake City, Texas near the NASA Johnson Space Center. The Clear Lake City STOLport was specifically designed for Twin Otter operations. According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), Houston Metro operated 22 round-trip flights at one point every weekday between Clear Lake City (CLC) and Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH, now Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport) in a scheduled passenger airline shuttle operation. Houston Metro had agreements in place for connecting passenger feed services with Continental Airlines and Eastern Airlines at Houston Intercontinental, with this major airport having a dedicated STOL landing area at the time specifically for Twin Otter flight operations. The Clear Lake City STOLport is no longer in existence.

The Walt Disney World resort in Florida was also served with scheduled airline flights operated with Twin Otter aircraft. The Walt Disney World Airport (WDS), also known as the Lake Buena Vista STOLport, was a private airfield constructed by the Walt Disney Company with Twin Otter operations in mind. In the early 1970s, Shawnee Airlines operated scheduled Twin Otter flights between the Disney resort and nearby Orlando Jetport (MCO, now Orlando International Airport). This STOL airfield is no longer in use.

Another commuter airline in the U.S., Rocky Mountain Airways, operated Twin Otters from the Lake County Airport in Leadville, CO. At an elevation of 9,927 feet above mean sea level, this airport is the highest airfield in the U.S. ever to have received scheduled passenger airline service, thus demonstrating the wide ranging flight capabilities exhibited by the Twin Otter. Rocky Mountain Airways went on to become the worldwide launch customer for the larger, four-engined de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7 STOL turboprop but continued to operate the Twin Otter as well.

Larger airlines in the U.S. and Canada also flew Twin Otters. Alaska Airlines, the original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) and Wien Air Alaska were air carriers that flew Boeing 727 jetliners as well as earlier versions of the Boeing 737 jetliner at the time. All three airlines also operated Twin Otter aircraft. Ozark Airlines was primarily a Douglas DC-9 jetliner operator that also flew Twin Otters. In addition, Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) and Transair, Canadian air carriers that operated Boeing 737s, both flew Twin Otter aircraft as well. Two other Canadian airlines that flew Twin Otters, Time Air and Norcanair, also operated Fokker F28 Fellowship passenger jets. In many cases, the excellent operating economics of the Twin Otter allowed airlines large and small to provide scheduled passenger flights to communities that most likely would otherwise never have received air service.

Twin Otters are also a staple of Antarctic transportation.[13] Four Twin Otters are employed by the British Antarctic Survey on research and supply flights, and several are employed by the United States Antarctic Program via contract with Kenn Borek Air. On April 24–25, 2001, two Twin Otters performed the only winter flight to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to perform a medical evacuation.[14][15][16][17]

The Argentine Air Force has used them in Antarctica[18] since the 1970s with at least one of them deployed the whole year at Marambio Base[19] Chilean Air Force has operated the type from 1980, usually having an example based at Presidente Frei Antarctic base of the South Shetland islands.

Air Greenland uses one of its Twin Otters for winter supply flights to the Summit Camp polar research station

As of August 2006, a total of 584 Twin Otter aircraft (all variants) remain in service worldwide. Major operators include: Libyan Arab Airlines (16), Maldivian Air Taxi (22), Trans Maldivian Airways (23), Kenn Borek Air (42)[20] and Scenic Airlines (11). Some 115 airlines operate smaller numbers of the aircraft including Yeti Airlines in Nepal, Malaysia Airlines which uses the Twin Otter exclusively for passenger and freight transportation to the Kelabit Highlands region in Sarawak, and in the United Kingdom the FlyBe franchise operator Loganair which uses the aircraft to service the island of Barra in the Hebrides islands. This scheduled service is unique as the aircraft lands on the beach and the schedule is partly influenced by the tide tables. The Twin Otter is also used for landing at the world's shortest commercial runway on the Caribbean island of Saba, Netherlands Antilles.

Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources is also a long-time operator of the Twin Otter.

Transport Canada still owns three DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft, but they now see very limited flying time, as their role in Coastal Surveillance has been assumed by a fleet of DHC-8s.[citation needed]

The Twin Otter has been popular with commercial skydiving operations. It can carry up to 22 skydivers to over 13,500 ft[21] (a large load compared to most other aircraft in the industry); presently, the Twin Otter is used in skydiving operations in many countries. The United States Air Force operates three Twin Otters for the United States Air Force Academy's skydiving team.

On 26 April 2001, the first ever air rescue during polar winter from the South Pole occurred with a ski-equipped Twin Otter operated by Kenn Borek Air.[22][23][24]

On September 25, 2008, the Series 400 Technology Demonstrator achieved "power on" status in advance of an official rollout.[25][26] First flight of the Series 400 technical demonstrator, C-FDHT, took place October 1, 2008, at Victoria Airport.[27][28] Two days later, the aircraft departed Victoria for a ferry flight to Orlando, Florida, site of the 2008 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Conference and exhibition. The first new build Series 400 Twin Otter (SN 845) made its first flight on February 16, 2010, in Calgary, Alberta.[29] Transport Canada presented Viking Air Limited with an amended DHC-6 Type Certificate including the Series 400 on July 21, 2010.[5]


Air Seychelles de Havilland Canada DHC-300 Twin Otter on Bird Island, Seychelles.

DHC-6 Series 100 
Twin-engined STOL utility transport aircraft, powered by two 550 shp (432 kW) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A20 turboprop engines.
DHC-6 Series 110 
Variant of the Series 100 built to conform to BCAR (British Civil Air Regulations)
DHC-6 Series 200 
Improved version.
DHC-6 Series 300 
Twin-engined STOL utility transport aircraft, powered by two 620 shp (462 kW) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 turboprop engines.
DHC-6 Series 300M 
Multi-role military transport aircraft. Two of these were produced as "proof-of-concept" demonstrators
DHC-6 Series 310 
Variant of the Series 300 built to conform to BCAR (British Civil Air Regulations)
DHC-6 Series 320 
Variant of the Series 300 built to conform to Australian Civil Air Regulations
DHC-6 Series 300S 
Six demonstrator aircraft fitted with 11 seats, wing spoilers and an anti-skid braking system.

Viking Air built Series 400 in 2010

DHC-6 Series 400 
First delivered in July 2010, powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 or optional PT6A-35 Hot & High Performance engines, and available on standard landing gear, straight floats, amphibious floats, skis, wheel skis, or intermediate flotation landing gear.
Twin-engined STOL utility transport, search and rescue aircraft for the Canadian Forces.
Twin-engined STOL utility transport aircraft for the U.S. Army Alaska National Guard. Six built. It has been replaced by the C-23 Sherpa in US Army service.
Parachute training aircraft for the United States Air Force Academy. The United States Air Force Academy's 98th Flying Training Squadron maintains three[30] UV-18s in its inventory as freefall parachuting training aircraft,[31] and by the Academy Parachute Team, the Wings of Blue, for year-round parachuting operations.
United States Army designation for three Viking Air Series 400s ordered in 2012.[32]


Civil operators

Loganair Twin Otter in British Airways Livery at Barra Airport

Former operators are listed where possible.

  • Star Aviation
 Antigua and Barbuda
  • Carib Aviation
  • Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT) - former operator
  • Aeropelican - former operator
  • Air Queensland - former operator
  • Ansett Australia - former operator
  • East-West Airlines (Australia) - former operator
  • Flight West Airlines - former operator
  • MacRobertson Miller Airlines - former operator
  • Trans Australia Airlines - former operator

    Trans Maldivian

  • Transtate Airlines - former operator
  • Macair Airlines - former operator
  • Regional Pacific Airlines - former operator
  • Adlair Aviation
  • Air BC - former operator
  • Air Inuit
  • Air Labrador
  • Air Tindi
  • Airtransit (defunct)
  • AirWest Airlines (Canada)
  • Alkan Air
  • Arctic Sunwest Charters
  • Bradley Air Services - defunct, former operator
  • First Air - former operator
  • Harbour Air (current operator of the seaplane version)
  • Kenn Borek Air
  • Manitoba Government Air Services
  • Ministry of Natural Resources (Ontario) - forest firefighting
  • Nakina Air Service
  • Norcanair - former operator
  • NorOntair - former operator
  • North-Wright Airways
  • North Cariboo Air - former operator
  • Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) - former operator
  • Provincial Airlines
  • Sander Geophysics[33]
  • Time Air - former operator
  • Transair - former operator
  • Transport Canada[citation needed]
  • Transwest Air
  • Viking Air
  • West Coast Air - former operator acquired by Harbour Air
 Cape Verde
  • TACV Cabo Verde Airlines - former operator
 Cayman Islands
  • Cayman Airways

    Cayman Airways Twin Otter loading baggage at Edward Bodden Airfield, Little Cayman

  • Aerocord -operates former Los Cedros Aviacion Vistaliner
  • Barrick
  • Aerovías DAP
  • LAN-Chile -former operator, passed aircraft onto Chilean AF
  • Varmontt Air never operated though painted aircraft at Los Cerrillos during the early 2000 years.
 People's Republic of China
  • China Flying Dragon Aviation
  • Civil Aviation Administration of China - former operator
  • Aerolínea de Antioquia
  • Policia Nacional Colombiana
  • Sociedad Aeronautica de Medellin - former operator
 Republic of the Congo
  • Lina Congo - former operator
 Costa Rica
  • Nature Air
  • European Coastal Airlines
  • Air Djibouti
 Dominican Republic
  • SAP Air Group
 East African Community
  • East African Airways - former operator
  • Kar-Air
  • Malmilento
  • Skydiving Club of Finland - former operator
  • Pacific Sun
  • Air Antilles Express
  • Air Caraïbes (a DHC-6-300 crashed in March 2001 near Saint Barthélemy airport,[34]
  • Air Loyauté
  • AirSea Lines - former operator
  • Air Greenland
  • Guyana Airways - former operator
  • Air Iceland
  • Norlandair
  • Airfast Indonesia
  • Aviastar Mandiri
  • Merpati Nusantara Airlines
  • Susi Air
  • Iranian Naft Airlines
  • SkyKef[35]
  • Ayit Aviation and Tourism[36]
  • Air Jamaica Express - former operator
  • Air Kenya
  • KAL Aviation (KALAIR)
  • Skytrail Air Safaris
  • Air Madagascar
  • MASWings a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines
  • Maldivian Air Taxi
  • Trans Maldivian Airways
  • Air Mali
  • Harbourair (Malta)
  • Air Mauritius
  • Aeronaves Alimentadoras - former operator, now defunct
  • Montserrat Aviation Services - former operator
  • Hevilift
  • Nepal Airlines
  • Yeti Airlines
 Netherlands Antilles
  • ALM Antillean Airlines - former operator
  • Dutch Caribbean Airlines - former operator
  • Windward Islands Airways
 New Zealand
  • Mount Cook Airline - former operator
  • Volcanic Air Safaris
  • Widerøe - former operator
  • NFK - former operator
  • Hoppfly AS
  • Pakistan International Airlines - former operator
  • Aeroperlas - former operator
  • Air Panama
  • Presidencia de la República del Paraguay
 Papua New Guinea
  • Airlines PNG
  • Hevilift PNG
  • Mission Aviation Fellowship
  • TAP Portugal - former operator
 Puerto Rico
  • Crown Air
  • Dorado Wings
 São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Air São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Air Seychelles
 Solomon Islands
  • Solomon Airlines
 Sri Lanka
  • Cinnamon Air
  • SriLankan Airlines
  • Blue Wing Airlines
  • Gum Air
  • Surinam Airways - former operator
  • Seabird Airlines
 Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Air Turks and Caicos
  • Crownair - former operator
  • Stockholm Fallskärmsklubb
  • Swedair - former operator
  • Swedewings - former Operator
  • Syd Aero - former operator
  • East African Airways - former operator
  • Aurigny Air Services (Channel Islands) - former operator
  • British Airways (operated by Loganair) - former operator (for British Airways)
  • British Antarctic Survey
  • Jersey European Airways on some services from the Channel Islands in the 1980s - former operator
  • Isles of Scilly Skybus
  • Loganair operating a franchise from FlyBe.
  • North London Skydiving Centre
United States
  • Air Illinois - former operator
  • Air Indies (commuter airline based in San Juan, Puerto Rico) - former operator
  • Air New England - former operator
  • Air Pacific (commuter airline based in California) - former operator
  • Air Serv International
  • Air Wisconsin - former operator
  • Alaska Aeronautical Industries (AAI) (scheduled passenger services in Alaska) - former operator
  • Alaska Airlines - former operator
  • Allegheny Commuter (operated by Southern Jersey Airways) - former operator
  • Aloha Island Air - former operator
  • Bald Mountain Air Service
  • Berry Aviation
  • Continental Express (operated by Rocky Mountain Airways) - former operator
  • Crown Airways (Falls Creek, PA) - former operator
  • Eastern Express (Metro Airlines divisions with Caribbean and U.S. domestic routes that provided passenger feed for Eastern Airlines at the San Juan International Airport (SJU) in Puerto Rico and also at Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Texas) - former operator
  • Era Aviation (operated code share services for Alaska Airlines in Alaska) - former operator
  • Frontier Airlines (original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) - former operator
  • Golden West Airlines - former operator
  • Grand Canyon Airlines
  • Hammond Air Service - former operator
  • Hawaii Jet-Air - former operator
  • Herman's Air (operating as MarkAir Express in Alaska) - former operator
  • Houston Metro Airlines / Metro Airlines / Metroflight Airlines (wholly owned Metro holding company divisions) - former operators
  • Mackey Airlines (also known as Mackey International) - former operator
  • MarkAir Express - former operator
  • NewAir (Formally New Haven Air) - former operator
  • Northern Airways - former operator (subsequent name changes to Air North and then Brockway Air).
  • Northern Consolidated Airlines (NCA) - former operator (acquired by Wien Air Alaska which continued to operate these DHC-6 aircraft).
  • Ozark Airlines - former operator
  • Pilgrim Airlines - former operator
  • Princeville Airways (acquired by Aloha Island Air) - former operator
  • Rio Airways - former operator
  • Rocky Mountain Airways - former operator
  • Ross Aviation - former operator
  • Royale Airlines - former operator (aircraft acquired from Metro Airlines).
  • Scenic Airlines
  • Shawnee Airlines
  • Southern Jersey Airlnes
  • Sun Valley Airlines (name changes to Sun Valley Key Airlines and then Key Airlines) - former operator
  • WestAir / WestAir Commuter Airlines - former operator
  • Wien Air Alaska - former operator
 United States Virgin Islands
  • Seaborne Airlines (current fleet includes landplane and seaplane versions)
  • Air Vanuatu
  • Aeropostal - former operator
  • Aereotuy - former operator
  • Yemenia Airlines

Military and police operators

Twin Otter taking off from a gravel airstrip near Sila Lodge at Wager Bay (Ukkusiksalik National Park, Nunavut, Canada)

  • Colombian National Police
United States
  • Ordered by Vietnamese Navy, delivery expected 2012-2014[39]

Notable accidents and incidents

  • On March 20, 1973, a DHC-6 operated by the Saudi government crashed into a mountain in Italy, killing all 18 people on board.
  • On June 29, 1972, Air Wisconsin Flight 671, a DHC-6-100 with eight people on board collided in mid-air over Lake Winnebago near Appleton, Wisconsin, with North Central Airlines Flight 290, a Convair 580 carrying five people. Both aircraft crashed into the lake, killing all 13 people on board.[40]
  • On July 11, 1972, Norwegian Air Force DHC-6-100 67-056 crashed into a mountain on Grytøya, killing all 17 people on board. The pilot was later discovered to have been drunk.
  • December 21, 1972, an Air France DHC-6-300 crashed into the ocean en route from Guadeloupe to Princess Juliana International Airport, killing all 11 passengers on board along with both pilots.
  • On January 18, 1978, a Frontier Airlines DHC-6-300 (N982FL) crashed during a training flight in Pueblo, Colorado killing all three crew members.[41]
  • On November 18, 1978, a DHC-6 flown to Guyana to rescue Americans from the Jonestown cult was shot up by cultists and abandoned on the Port Kaituma airstrip.
  • On July 31, 1981, Panamanian Air Force DHC-6-300 FAP-205 crashed during flight, killing all seven people on board including President Omar Torrijos (see Panamanian Air Force FAP-205 crash).[42]
  • On February 21, 1982, Pilgrim Airlines Flight 438, a DHC-6-300 operating a schedule 2 commuter passenger flight, made an emergency landing on the northwest branch of the Scituate Reservoir near Providence, Rhode Island. One passenger was killed, eight passengers had serious injuries.
  • On March 11, 1982, Widerøe Flight 933 crashed into the Barents Sea near Gamvik, Norway killing all 15 people on board. Despite allegations of a mid-air collision with a military aircraft, a total of four official different investigations over 25 years all concluded the cause to be severe clear-air turbulence. The incident remains highly controversial in Norway.
  • On June 14, 1986, while on a search mission, a Canadian Armed Forces Twin Otter (Serial number cc13807), crashed in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada, resulting in the deaths of the military crew of three and five civilian spotters of CASARA.
  • On June 18, 1986, Grand Canyon Airlines Flight 6, a DHC-6-300, collided with a Helitech Bell 206 helicopter, resulting in the death of all 20 people on board the DHC-6 and all five people on board the helicopter.
  • On October 28, 1989, Aloha Island Air Flight 1712 crashed in a mountain on approach to Hoolehua Airport at Molokai, Hawaii. The crash killed all 20 on board.[43]
  • On April 12, 1990, Widerøe Flight 839 crashed in the ocean outside Værøy, Norway due to wind, killing all five people on board. Værøy Airport was closed following the accident.
  • On February 14, 1991, Ecuadorian Air Force DHC-6-300 FAE447 crashed into a mountain, killing the pilot and all 21 passengers on board.
  • On April 22, 1992, a Perris Valley Aviation DHC-6-200 lost power at Perris Valley Airport in California, crashing 200 feet (61 m) past the runway, killing 14 skydivers and two crew on board; six skydivers survived.[44]
  • On 27 October 1993, Widerøe Flight 744, operated by a Twin Otter 300, crashed while approaching Namsos Airport, Høknesøra en route from Trondheim Airport, Værnes, killing the crew and four passengers. A total of 13 survived the crash.
  • On 10 January 1995, Merpati Nusantara Airlines Flight 6715, a Twin Otter 300, disappeared on a scheduled flight from Bima Airport to Satartacik Airport, Ruteng, Indonesia with the loss of 4 crew and 10 passengers. It appears to have crashed in the Molo Strait in bad weather.[45]
  • On November 30, 1996, an Aces DHC-6-300 crashed in the cerro el Barcino mountains 8 km. from Aeropuerto Enrique Olaya Herrera in Medellin, Colombia, resulting in the death of 15 people, two crew and thirteen passengers on the ground.[46]
  • On 28 September 1998, a TACV de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 (registered D4-CAX) carrying Carlos Veiga, then Prime Minister of Cape Verde, 18 other passengers and three crew members capt/instructor Socorro,first officer Elianne and third cockpit crew, crash-landed at Francisco Mendes Airport (serving Praia at that time) during a landing attempt in stormy weather, in which one bodyguard of the minister was killed. Four other people were injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. Upon approach following the flight from Preguiça Airport, the aircraft had been hit by a gust of wind in an instant when the pilots intended to execute a left turn, and forced down.
  • On March 24, 2001, an Air Caraïbes DHC-6-300 crashed in the mountains near Gustaf III Airport on Saint Barthélemy in the French West Indies, resulting in the death of 17 passengers, two crew and one person on the ground.[47]
  • On August 9, 2007, Air Moorea Flight 1121 crashed shortly after taking off from Moorea Temae Airport in French Polynesia; the plane was bound for Tahiti. All 20 occupants, including 19 passengers and one crew member, were killed.[48]
  • On May 6, 2007, French Air Force DHC-6-300 742/F-RACB in support of the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Peninsula crashed, killing one Canadian and eight French peacekeepers.[49]
  • On October 8, 2008, Yeti Airlines Flight 103, a DHC-6-300, was destroyed on landing at Lukla in Nepal; 16 passengers and two crew died in the incident, only the pilot survived.[50]
  • On August 2, 2009, Merpati Nusantara Airlines Flight 9760 crashed in Indonesia about 22 kilometres (14 mi) north of Oksibil. All 16 people on board were killed.[51]
  • On August 11, 2009, Airlines PNG Flight 4684 crashed whilst en route from Port Moresby to Kokoda in Papua New Guinea, killing all 13 on board.[52]
  • On December 15, 2010, a Tara Air DHC-6-310 crashed in in the Bilandu Forest in Nepal. All 22 passengers and crew on board were killed.[53]
  • On January 20, 2011, a Twin Otter Crashed in Ecuador. Six military passengers died.[54]
  • On August 24, 2011, MASwings Flight 3516, a DHC-6 Twin Otter 310 (9M-MDM), operating from Miri to Lawas crashed 5 meters short off the river at the end of the Lawas Airport runway; however, all 18 persons on board the aircraft survived, with no serious injuries.
  • On September 22, 2011, an Arctic Sunwest Charters DHC-6-300 float plane crashed in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, clipping a condominium and crashing in the street killing two and injuring seven.[55]
  • On 23 January 2013, C-GKBC (c/n:650),[56] a Kenn Borek Air DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 skiplane went missing over the Queen Alexandra Range in Antarctica.[57] On board the plane were 3 Canadians. The plane had been en route from the South Pole to Terra Nova Bay.[58] Wreckage was found on Mount Elizabeth on the 25th, the crash was said to be unsurvivable.[59]
  • On 16 May 2013, Nepal Airlines Flight 555 from Pokhara (PKR) to Jomsom (JMO) veered left off of the runway after touching down at Jomsom and went down the slope to the Kaligandaki river. The aircraft stopped at the bank of the river, with the left wing in the water. Three crew and four passengers received serious injuries, and 15 passengers received minor or no injuries. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.[60]
  • On 10 October 2013, MASwings Flight 3002, a DHC-6-310 (9M-MDM), crashed on landing at Kudat Airport; killing two of 16 on board.


Orthographically projected diagram of the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter.


DHC-6 Series 100 DHC-6 Series 300 DHC-6 Series 400
Flight deck crew 1-2
Seating 19 20
Length 51 ft 9 in (15.77 m)
Wingspan 65 ft 0 in (19.8 m)
Wing area 420 sq ft (39 m2)
Empty weight 5,850l lb
(2,653 kg)
7,415l lb
(3,363 kg)
6,880 lb
(3,121 kg)
Height 19 ft 4 in (5.9 m)
Maximum takeoff weight
10,500 lb
(4,763 kg)
12,500 lb
(5,670 kg)
Maximum landing weight 10,500 lb
(4,763 kg)
12,300 lb
(5,579 kg)
Maximum speed 160 knots (297 km/h at cruise altitude) 170 knots (314 km/h at cruise altitude)
Cruise speed 150 knots (278 km/h at cruise altitude)
Stall speed 58 knots (107 km/h at cruise altitude) (landing configuration)
Range (Max fuel, no payload) 771 nmi (1,427 km) 775 nmi (1,434 km) 799 nmi (1480 km)
989 nmi (1832 km)with long range tankage
Maximum fuel capacity 382 US gal (1,447 L) 375 US gal (1421 L) 378 US gal (1466 L)
478 US gal (1811 L) with long range tankage
Service ceiling 25,000 ft (7,620 m) 26,700 ft (8138 m)
Powerplants (×2) Pratt & Whitney PT6A-20 Pratt & Whitney PT6A-27 Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34 / PT6A-35 turboprop
Rate of climb 1,600 ft/min (8.1 m/s)
Power/mass 0.12 hp/lb (0.20 kW/kg)

See also


  1. Series 400 Twin Otter Sales Expand Worldwide
  2. "Viking Acquires De Havilland Type Certificates.", February 24, 2006. Retrieved: May 15, 2010.
  3. "Viking restarts Twin Otter production.", April 2, 2007. Retrieved: May 15, 2010.
  4. Sarsfield, Kate. "Viking Twin Otter Series 400 certification approaches." Flightglobal', February 3, 2010. Retrieved: May 15, 2010.
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