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c/n 185

3744
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c/n 185

3744

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 Royal Canadian Air Force. Delivered 20-Dec-1956.

Initially assigned to 115 Air Transport Unit, which was a UN support unit based at El Arish, Egypt.

Accident: Gaza, Egypt. 19-Sep-1958. On approach the aircraft stalled struck the ground on one wheel and collided with a pile of concrete pieces marking the airfield boundary. There were no injuries. Aircraft was a write off. A complete write-off.

 Written off

Otter 185 was delivered to the RCAF on 20th December 1956 with serial 3744. Its early history is the same as for Otter 183, serial 3743. It too was shipped on board the aircraft carrier 'HMCS Magnificent' from Halifax and joined 115 Air Transport Unit based at El Arish, Egypt.

3744 is mentioned in the unit's history. For example, on 17th December 1957 it was on a medevac flight from Quaisima to Gaza. During a reconnaissance flight on 11th February 1958 ten “suspicious vehicles” were spotted by the on-board observers although they turned out to be Canadian vehicles. On 3rd March '58 3744 flew to Gaza and El Kuntilla to check on a new landing area at El Kuntilla which was found to be very rough. On 8th March it was unable to return from Cairo to base due to a bad dust storm. On 9th April an Egyptian Army truck drove onto the runway during a take off by 3744 but the pilot managed to clear the obstacle. On 24th April, 3744 is recorded flying to Quaisima and Ras carrying one thousand pounds of ice.

3744's career came to an end landing at the airstrip at Gaza on 19th September 1958. The second pilot made the approach at too low an airspeed, rounded out high and cut power early. The Otter stalled, struck the ground on one wheel and collided with a pile of concrete pieces marking the airfield boundary. Fortunately, there were no injuries, but the Otter was a complete write-off.

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