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c/n 142

PI-C54 awaiting attention.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FXUY at the Tyee Spit, Campbell River.
Photo: Phil © July 1980 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FXUY at Vancouver - CYVR.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 13 April 1990
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c/n 142

PI-C54 • CF-XUY • N214L

C-FXUY

X

• No regn A. Fecteau Transport Aérien of Québec. Jun-1956 but order cancelled.

• PI-C54 Philippine Air Lines, Manila, Philippine Islands. Delivered 24-Aug-1956.

• CF-XUY Thomas Lamb Airways, 02-Aug-1968.

• CF-XUY Omineca Air Services Ltd., Burns Lake, BC. Circa 1969.

• CF-XUY Trans Provincial Airlines, Terrace, BC. Circa 1970.

Accident: Cunningham Lake, BC. 14-Jun-1971. During take off run the aircraft was in collision with the water in adverse weather. Aircraft sustained substantial damage. The Otter was repaired and continued in service.

• CF-XUY Gulf Air Aviation Ltd., Campbell River, BC., on Vancouver Island in 1976.

• CF-XUY Air BC Ltd.

• CF-XUY Kingcome Aiircraft Equiptment, Campbell River, BC. Canx 26-Jul-1982.

• CF-XUY Powell Air Ltd., Powell River, BC. Regd-Jul-1982. Canx 26-Jul-1985.

• CF-XUY Gynn Bay Logging Ltd., trading as Western Straits Air, Campbell River, BC. Regd 10-Feb-1986.

• CF-XUY Central Mountain Air Ltd., Smithers, BC. 25-May-1990. Canx 25-Mar-1992

Power plant: Converted to a Vazar turbo Otter by Aeroflite Industries at their Vancouver International Airport hanger. Completed on 01- Aug-1990.

• CF-XUY to A.M.Luton, Calgary, AB., later in 28-May 1992. Canx 29-May-1992.

• N214L to North American Gold Centre Inc., Las Vegas, NV. Regd 18-Jun-1992. Canx 11-Mar-1993 on export to Canada.

• C-FXUY Air Tindi Ltd., Yellowknife, NT. Regd 16-Apr-1993.

• C-FXUY A.M. Luton, Calgary, AB Based Edmonton, AB. .Regd 23-Mar-1993. Canx 16-Apr-1993.

• C-FXUY Air Tindi Ltd., Yellowknife, NT. Regd 16-Apr-1993. Canx 31-Jan-1994. Re regd 16-Apr-1993. Canx 22-Sep-2005. Re regd 22-Sep-2005.

Incident: East Bay at Yellowknife 28th July 2000. When smoke and fire appeared in the cockpit, the take-off was rejected and the aircraft taxied back to the dock. A fire extinguisher was applied to the lower instrument panel and the fire put out. Maintenance found that a scat hose in the heater system had moved and contacted the “hot” bus side of a circuit breaker, resulting in a small fire which had burned the hose.

Accident: Yellowknife, NT. 25-Jun-2005. The aircraft operating as AT 301, was departing from the East Bay in Yellowknife, NT for a VFR flight to Blachford Lake, NT. During the takeoff run, the nose of the aircraft pitched up and the pilot was unable to correct the pitch attitude. AT 301 climbed to about 50 feet when the left wing dropped. The aircraft came to rest on its left side, having torn the left wing from the fuselage. The pilot and accompanying dock attendant were able to evacuate the aircraft from the right hand cockpit door and assisted 4 passengers out of the aircraft. Two passengers were able to escape through the ceiling escape hatch. A final passenger was assisted from the aircraft through the aft right hand escape door. The crew and passengers were recovered from the water by local boaters and the Canadian Coast Guard/RCMP.

• C-FXUY Air Tindi Ltd., Yellowknife, NT. Canx 11-Aug-2011.

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Otter 142 was originally allocated for delivery to A. Fecteau Transport Aérien of Québec, and was painted in their colour scheme by 21st June 1956. This order was cancelled and the Otter was re- allocated to Philippine Air Lines (PAL). It was repainted in PAL colour scheme, registered to PAL as PI-C54 and delivered on 24th August 1956. After test flying at Downsview, it was packed into a crate and shipped to Manilla, where it was re-assembled and entered service with PAL. PI-C54 flew on the airline's scheduled services without mishap for eight years, until May 1964. At that stage, along with PAL's other surviving Otter PI-C53, it was used for charter work, until withdrawn from use at Manilla and both Otters were put up for sale.

The buyer of the two Otters was Thomas Lamb Airways Ltd (later re-named Lambair). On 2nd August 1968 both Otters were registered to Thomas Lamb Airways, PI-C53 as CF-XUX and PI-C54 as CF-XUY. Thomas Lamb himself and his son Greg went to Manilla to complete the purchase. Both Otters were shipped to Vancouver and then by rail to Calgary, where they were overhauled by Field Aviation. These two Otters had been purchased not for operation by Lambair but for sale on. Both aircraft were sold to Omineca Air Services Ltd., of Burns Lake, BC to whom CF-XUY was registered in 1969. The following year it was sold on to Trans Provincial Airlines of Terrace, BC, to whom it was registered. It crashed at Cunningham Lake, BC on 14th June 1971, summarised as: “Take-off run; controlled collision with water; initiated flight in adverse weather; substantial damage”. The Otter was repaired and continued in service with Trans Provincial until sold to Gulf Air Aviation Ltd., of Campbell River, BC, on Vancouver Island in 1976. Gulf Air became part of Air BC Ltd, to whom XUY was registered in December 1980 but it remained based at Campbell River. The Otter was flown for a time during 1982 by Kingcome Air from their base at Campbell River and was then sold to Powell Air Ltd., of Powell River, BC in 1982 and was to serve this carrier for the next four years.

In February 1986 XUY was sold to Gynn Bay Logging Ltd., trading as Western Straits Air and returned to Campbell River. It was sold on to Central Mountain Air Services of Smithers, BC in June 1990 and was converted to a Vazar turbo Otter by Aeroflite Industries at the Vancouver International Airport. It arrived Vancouver for conversion on 5th July 1990 and was rolled out of the hangar after the conversion was complete on 1st August 1990. It then re-entered service with Central Mountain Air alongside its two other turbo Otters. The following year however it was sold, being registered N214L to North American Gold Centre Inc., of Las Vegas, Nevada in March 1992 and it was noted at Vancouver carrying the registration N214L on 9th May 1992. It was then re-registered as C-FXUY to A. M. Luton of Calgary later in May 1992. Mr Luton had devised certain modifications to the Otter, for which he held a Supplemental Type Certificate. On 17th April 1993 it joined the fleet of Air Tindi Ltd., based at Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where it was to serve for many years.

On 28th July 2000 XUY was taking off from the East Bay at Yellowknife when smoke and fire appeared in the cockpit. The take-off was rejected and the Otter taxied back to the dock. A fire extinguisher was applied to the lower instrument panel and the fire put out. Maintenance found that a scat hose in the heater system had moved and contacted the “hot” bus side of a circuit breaker, resulting in a small fire which had burned the hose. The damage was repaired and the Otter returned to service. During summer 2003, XUY was noted sporting an attractive 'moose' mural drawing on the side, and fleet number 301.

Full history courtesy of Karl E. Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter: A History (2005).