VH-TGX. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-200 Twin Otter. c/n 123.
This aircraft was ordered new by Trans-Australia Airlines
Constructed by de Havilland Canada at Downsview, Ontario, Canada
Rolled out at Downsview - May 14, 1968
First flown at Downsview - May 30, 1968
Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20 engines
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N7254 - ?
Registered to de Havilland Canada, Downsview, Ontario, Canada
Accepted by Trans-Australia Airlines at Downsview - June 10, 1968
Handed over to the ferry contractor Air Capital Internation for the ferry flight to Australia - June 10, 1968
Arrived Brisbane on completion of the delivery flight - June 24, 1968
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - June 1968
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TGX - July 10, 1968
Registered to Trans-Australia Airlines, Melbourne
Withdrawn from service at Brisbane and stored - November 13, 1973
Sold to TAL Territory Airlines, Goroka, Papua New Guinea - November 1973
Ferried Brisbane - Port Moresby - November 25, 1973
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 02, 1974
Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-TGX - May 02, 1974
Registered to Territory Airlines (TAL), Goroka, Papua New Guinea
Territory Airlines changed its name to Talair - December 1974
Reregistered as P2-RDC - March 03, 1976
Registered to Talair, Goroka, Papua New Guinea
This aircraft was damaged beyond repair during a forced landing at Mendi Airport, September 09, 1991
In deteriorating weather conditions the pilot executed a missed approach
In an attempt to remain visual he entered a very low circuit
When the forced landing was attempted on an adjacent road the port wing struck a number of trees
The port wing and engine was forced back into the fuselage causing extensive damage
The aircraft was written-off on site
Cancelled froim the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register - ?
N7254. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the original livery at an unknown airport, June 1968.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-357.)
VH-TGX. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, January 05, 1969.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-443.)