VH-PAQ. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-200 Twin Otter. c/n 227.


This aircraft was originally ordered new by Trans Michigan Airlines

First flown at Downsview as N111TM - April 17, 1969

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20 engines

The sale to Trans Michigan Air did not proceed

The aircraft was placed in storage in basic Trans Michigan Air livery

The Trans Michigan Air livery was removed from the aircraft - November 1969

Sold to Miami Aviation Corp, Opa Locka, Florida - December 19, 1969

Sold to Aeronaves del Mayab SA t/a Aeronaves Alimentadoras - December 19, 1969

Entered onto the Mexican Aircraft Register as XA-BOM - December 19, 1969

The aircraft was also operated by Aeronaves del Sureste S.A.

Withdrawn from service and offered for sale - January 1978

Sold to John Woods Inc - February 1978

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N54540 - February 15, 1978

Registered to John Woods Inc, Dallas, Texas

Sold to Pan Air Cargo - October 1978

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-PAQ - October 26, 1978

Registered to Pan Air Cargo Pty Ltd

The aircraft was damaged when it crashed on landing at Yarra Creek, King Island - February 13, 1979

The aircraft was carrying a load of beef from King Island to Wynyard, Tasmania

When bad weather prevented the aircraft from landing at Wynyard the pilot elected to return to King Island

Realising that he was running out of fuel an emergency landing was effected in a paddock

The resultant landing rendered the aircraft uneconomical to repair

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Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 13, 1979

Aircraft remains were acquired by Aeropelican as a source of spare parts

Observed at Sydney (Bankstown) in a dismantled condition - April 20, 1979



VH-PAQ. Pan Air - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, December 1978.

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