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57-6112

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• 57-6112 United States Army on 11th February 1958 with serial 57-6112

Initially to Addison, TX., for installation of radio equipment for the European theatre by the Collins Radio Corporation.

1958. Assigned to Europe. Most detail unknown.

1960. Attached to the 572nd Engineer Platoon (Topographic Aviation), Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya.

Accident: A quarter mile east of Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya. 11-Dec-1960. Crashed while performing an emergency Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) forced landing due to engine failure from oil starvation. Crew and passengers uninjured but aircraft destroyed.

Total time: 844 hrs.

Written off

Otter 231 was delivered to the United States Army on 11th February 1958 with serial 57-6112 (tail number 76112). It was one of sixteen Army Otters delivered from Downsview to Addison, Texas for work to be done on them by the Collins Radio Corporation. Most of these Otters were then assigned to Europe. By 1960 76112 was serving with the 572nd Engineer Platoon, a topographic survey unit, based at Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya. The Otter crashed a quarter mile east of Wheelus Air Base on the night of 11th December 1960 while performing an emergency Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) forced landing due to engine failure from oil starvation. There were no injuries among the two pilots and a full load of passengers, but the Otter was destroyed. It had flown 844 hours 45 minutes in Army service at the time of its destruction.

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