DHC-3 Otter Archive Master Index

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c/n 168

PI-C55 at Cebu City, Philippines.
Photo: Unknown photographer © April 1957 - Karl E. Hayes Collection

c/n 168

PI-C55

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 PI-C55 Philippine Air Lines (PAL), Manila, Philippines. Delivered 24-Oct-1956.

Accident: Ozamiz City, Labo Airport. Mindanao. Philippines. 11-Dec-1967. Climbing through 75 feet after takeoff, the Otter suddenly turned left and descended. The airplane hit two trees and caught fire. PROBABLE CAUSE: "The uncontrollable stall at low altitude which resulted from the abrupt steep climb immediately after takeoff. Contributing factors were: 1) The improper loading of the aircraft; and 2) The prevailing gusty wind with a relatively high ambient temperature.

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Otter 168 was the fifth of six Otters delivered to Philippine Air Lines (PAL), being delivered on 24th October 1956 with registration PI-C55. It was used before delivery as part of an advertisement for TAG Airlines, whose first Otter N96T (110) had been delivered in April 1956. The PAL Otter was flown from Downsview to the Island Airport at Toronto, where it was photographed with passengers deplaning, these photographs then being used in the TAG adverts. It was then packed into a crate, shipped to Manila and re-assembled, entering service with PAL on its 'Rural Air Service'.

PI-C55 was destroyed on 11th December 1957 when it stalled after take-off from Ozamis City, Mindanao when a truck axle being carried as cargo in the cabin slid backwards. The pilot and one passenger were killed and eight passengers injured.

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