VH-EAY. de Havilland DHC-3 Otter. c/n 253. Was also registered as: VH-SBS.


Third of four ordered by Qantas Airways Ltd

Built by de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd, Downsview, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Powered by Pratt and Whitney R-1340 Wasp engine

Aircraft shipped from New York City onboard S.S. Port of Montreal - April 3, 1958

Delivered by de Havilland Canada to de Havilland Australia at Bankstown - May 1958

Purchased by Qantas from de Havilland Australia, Bankstown

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAY - July 4, 1958

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd

Aircraft was named ‘Kieta’ (Bougainville)

Delivered for operations in Papua New Guinea - ?

Aircraft damaged during landing at Tapini, Papua New Guinea - August 3, 1958

It swung off the runway and struck an open ditch sustaining substantial airframe and engine damage

Aircraft repaired at Tapini and returned to service

Sold to Trans Australian Airlines (T.A.A.) - September 1, 1960

Reregistered as VH-SBS - December 8, 1960

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Aircraft renamed ‘Kerowahghl’

Aircraft was written off when crashed near Mendi, Papua-New Guinea - December 2, 1961