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c/n 343

N5370G at Seattle - Boeing Field, Washington.
Photo: Peter Kirkup / Aviation Archives © October 1977 - Karl E. Hayes Collection

c/n 343




• 59-2206 United States Army. Delivered 22 Oct-1959. Designated U-1A.

Assigned to the 12th Aviation Company, Fort Sill, OK.

Aug-1961. To Fort Wainwright, AK when the 12th Aviation Company was re-assigned the Yukon Command.

Unknown date. Alaska Army National Guard, at Fort Richardson, AK.

Sep-1967. Moved to Nome, AK.

Incident. Un-named strip in Alaska. 20-Aug-1975. Damaged tail wheel taxiing on ground. Repaired on site.

Dec-1976. Retired from service. Transferred to Alaska Wing of Civil Air Patrol. Remained parked at Anchorage, AK.

• N5370G Civil Air Patrol. Regd Oct-1977. Initially at Seattle, WA., and later to Texas where it was attached to the CAP’s Southwest Region.

Airworthiness date: 04-Nov-1977.

Accident. Del Rio Int Airport, TX. 10-May-1978. Crashed on take-off following failure of elevator assembly. Lost control and crashed after take-off because the elevator push-pull tube had broken. The aircraft had been parked in strong winds without the controls being locked. Pilot and two passengers killed.

• N5370G J.W. Duff, dba J.W. Duff Aircraft Company, Denver, CO, Regd 20-Feb-1981. Canx 27-Oct-2014 as expired.

Status unknown

Otter 343 was delivered to the United States Army on 22nd October 1959 with serial 59-2206 (tail number 92206). It was assigned to the 12th Aviation Company, Fort Sill, Oklahoma and in August 1961 flew north to Fort Wainwright, Alaska when the Company was re-assigned to Alaska to join the Yukon Command. It was destined to spend the rest of its military career in Alaska. After service with the 12th Aviation Company, it joined the Alaska Army National Guard at Fort Richardson, and in September 1967 moved to Nome, where it served alongside Otter 81713 (330). One incident is recorded, on 20th August 1975. After landing, the pilot taxied to the parking area at a strip in Alaska and found the area had deep ruts made by trucks. He stopped and looked the area over and decided to turn around before he got stuck in the soft sand. While turning, the tail wheel hit a hard packed six inch berm and was damaged. The pilot had turned faster than normal to keep from getting stuck. The damage was repaired.

92206 continued in service at Nome until December 1976, when the Army National Guard Otters in Alaska were retired from service. At that stage, there were four Otters with the National Guard, 92206 and 81713 at Nome and 53278 and 81695 at Bethel and all four were transferred to the Civil Air Patrol. Initially all four Otters were taken on charge by the Alaska Wing of the CAP and parked at Anchorage, before being ferried by CAP pilots to Seattle. 92206 was registered N5370G to the CAP and was noted at Boeing Field, Seattle in October 1977, still in Army olive drab and with the civilian registration applied. It later flew on to Texas, and was assigned to the CAP's Southwest Region.

N5370G crashed on take- off from the Del Rio International Airport, Texas on 10th May 1978 on a flight to Alamagordo, New Mexico, sadly killing the pilot and two passengers. The accident happened during the initial climb, when the aircraft crashed to earth as a result of the failure of the elevator assembly. The accident investigation found that the elevator push-pull tube had broken, as a result of previous damage. The aircraft had been parked outside in winds of 30 knots, gusting to 58 knots, and the controls had not been locked.

The wrecked Otter was brought to the CAP's main supply depot at Amarillo, Texas where it lay until acquired by the J.W. Duff Aircraft Company of Denver, Colorado, to whom it was registered in February 1981. This company specialises in aircraft parts and salvage. It was noted in a dismantled condition at Boeing Field, Seattle in May 1985, and again at the Aeroflite facility at the Vancouver International Airport in October 1998, but its subsequent location and status have not been ascertained.

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