Entries preceded by dates are extracts from Canadian Department of Transport archives.
(There is a letter, and Department of Transport reply, on this file from our colleague Karl Hayes dated 30-Mar-1981 supplying a list of Otters for which he required information). This led to the making of Karl’s CD-ROM.
02-Mar-1956 CF-IUR allotted to DHC-3 msn 102 to de Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada (for Canadian Aircraft Renters Ltd).
• CF-IUR Canadian Aircraft Renters Ltd., Toronto Island Airport, ON. Delivered 29th March 1956. based at Knob Lake (Schefferville), QC.
05-Apr-1956. Certificate of Airworthiness #4693 issued.
05-Apr-1956. Certificate of Registration #16237 issued to Canadian Aircraft Renters Ltd., Toronto, ON.
23-Apr-1958. Application for Certificate of Registration by Wheeler Air Lines Ltd., St-Jovite, QC.
23-Apr-1958. Certificate of Registration #20007 issued to Wheeler Air Lines Ltd., St-Jovite, QC.
• CF-IUR Wheeler Airlines Ltd., St. Jovite, QC. Regd 23-Apr-1958. Based at Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island, NT.
Accident: Eight miles north-east of Pangnirtung, NT. 15-Jun-1958. The wheel equipped aircraft flew from Frobisher Bay to the native settlement bringing home some native Inuit. The settlement was completely overcast when the aircraft arrived, so the pilot landed down the fiord, about eight miles north-east of the settlement and commenced to taxi the Otter towards it. Being unfamiliar with the area, the pilot taxied too close to the shore, in a particular area where the ice is always thin due to rip-tides. The aircraft's skis broke through the thin ice and the Otter tipped forward into a tail-up position of about 45 degrees. The occupants exited safely and no- one was injured. An attempt to repair and recover the aircraft was abandoned after fuel from the aircraft’s tanks had permeated and weakened the surrounding ice. On 17-Jun-1958 the aircraft sank in about fifty feet of water. There was no salvage attempt.
• CF-IUR Cancelled on Canadian Civil Aircraft Register. (Sometime prior to 31-Mar-1959).