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c/n 402

C-GUTQ at Chicoutimi, Québec.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © April 1993 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GUTQ winterized.
Photo: Karl E. Hayes © May 2001

c/n 402

9421 • (HK-3049X)

C-GUTQ

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• 9421 Royal Canadian Air Force. Delivered 05-Dec1960. Designated as CSR-123

Initially assigned to 424 Squadron, Hamilton, ON.

Feb-1964, Transferred to 400 Squadron at CFB Downsview, ON. Also flew with 411 Sqd.

26-Aug-1981, Into storage at the CFB Mountain View depot. It was put up for disposal through the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation.

Total time: 8,182 hrs.

• C-GUTQ Nahanni Air Services Ltd., Norman Wells, NT. Regd Feb-1983. Canx 29-Jun-1984.

• (HK-3049X) Proposed purchase by Aerolineas de la Orinoquia & Amazonia Limitada. Early in 1984. NTU.

• C-GUTQ St. Louis Aviation Inc., St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC. Regd Jun-1984. Canx 27-Jun-1986.

• C-GUTQ Air Saguenay (1980) Inc., Chicoutimi, QC. Based Lac St. Sebastien, QC. Regd 06-Nov-1987. Canx 01-Apr-1996.

• C-GUTQ Leased to Northern Lights Air Service Ltd., Goose Bay, NL. Regd 01-Apr-1996. Canx 13-Sep-1996.

• C-GUTQ Air Saguenay (1980) Inc., Chicoutimi, QC. Based Lac Sebastien. Regd 13-Sep-1996. Canx 23-Apr-1999. Regd 23-May-2003. Canx 07-May-2003. QC.

Accident: Lac Cojibo, QC. 30-Jun-2002. It had just taken off from with three souls on board and a full load of freight, destined for a fishing camp. It was a hot summer's day and difficult to maintain a rate of climb due to the temperature and the weight he was carrying. Unable to climb, the pilot flew into a valley but could not clear rising terrain and crashed into the top of a mountain. Those on board escaped injury, but the Otter crashed and burned and was consumed by the fire.

Destroyed by fire

Otter 402 was delivered to the RCAF on 5th December 1960 with serial 9421. It was assigned to 424 Squadron at Hamilton, Ontario. It served with this unit until February 1964, when it was transferred to 400 Squadron at Downsview, where it was to serve for the remainder of its military career. It also flew for 411 Squadron, the other Downsview-based unit.

On 22nd June 1973, 411 Squadron set off for summer camp deployment to Fort Churchill, Manitoba, as it had done the previous year. Part of its task was to construct a community centre at the northern community of Baker Lake, a futuristic geodesic-domed building which could be built out of material that could easily be flown up to the remote community. During the summer camp, a Hercules and 411 Squadron's Otters carried all of the pieces of the dome, ready to be assembled, into Baker Lake. The 1973 Churchill summer camp was known as Exercise Aurora II and during the two week period, various detachments of the squadron visited other northern settlements as well, such as Pelly Bay, Igloolik, Gjoa Haven, Gladman Point and Whale Cove. They carried out census, survey and environmental work for Northern Region Headquarters. 9421 was part of this deployment and its flights included: 25 June 1973 Churchill-Eskimo Point-Whale Cove-Baker Lake, returning Baker Lake to Churchill the next day. On 16th July 1973 it routed Churchill-Baker Lake-Cambridge Bay in ten hours fifty minutes, returning to Churchill on the 18th.

9421 continued in service at Downsview until 26th August 1981, when it went into storage at the Mountain View depot. It was put up for disposal through the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation and was one of a number of Otters sold at auction in February 1982, advertised as having total airframe time of 8,182 hours. The purchaser was Nahanni Air Services Ltd., of Norman Wells, Northwest Territories to whom the Otter was registered C-GUTQ in February 1983. Nahanni Air Services had also purchased two other ex Canadian military Otters, 9406 (365) which became C-GUTL and 9423.

(405) which became C-GUTW. A company in Colombia agreed to purchase all three Otters from Nahanni Air Services. The proposed purchaser had the exotic name of Aerolineas de la Orinoquia & Amazonia Limitada and early in 1984 paid a deposit and obtained Colombian registrations for the three Otters. C-GUTQ (402) was to become HK-3049X. The three Otters were made ready for delivery but the final payment was never made and nothing further was heard from the would-be purchaser. After the sale to Colombia fell through, UTQ was registered to St. Louis Aviation Inc., Hangar 4, St. Jean Airport, Québec who overhauled the Otter and it was then  sold to Air Saguenay (1980) Inc., of Chicoutimi-Lac St. Sebastien, Québec in June 1986, joining the Air Saguenay Otter fleet. It suffered a minor incident at St .Honore, Québec on 16th March 1987. En route, the aircraft lost a ski and landed at St. Honore. Inspection revealed that the axle on the ski had broken.  UTQ was to continue in service with Air Saguenay for many years, but went on lease to Northern Lights Air Service Ltd., Goose Bay, Labrador during the summer of 1996, before returning to the Air Saguenay fleet.

C-GUTQ continued flying for Air Saguenay until destroyed in an accident on 30th June 2002. It had just taken off from Lac Cojibo, Québec with three souls on board and a full load of freight, destined for a fishing camp. It was a hot summer's day and maintain a rate of climb due to the temperature and the weight he was carrying. Unable to climb, he the pilot found he could not flew into a valley but could not clear rising terrain and crashed into the top of a mountain. Those on board escaped injury, but the Otter crashed and burned and was consumed by the fire.

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