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c/n 417

CF-PQH at Great Whale River - Grande rivière de la Baleine, Québec.
Photo: John N. Harris © June 1962

c/n 417



Entries preceded by date are extracts from Canadian Department of Transport archives.

22-Mar-1961 Certificate of Airworthiness #8615 issued.

22-Mar-1961 Certificate of Registration #25547 issued to Province of Québec, Department of Transportation & Communications, Quebec City, QC.

• CF-PQH Province of Québec, Department of Transportation & Communications, Québec City. Delivered Apr-1961.

Accident; Natashquan QC. 07-Aug-1966 The pilot attempted to take off from the Aguanish River without setting the flaps. It hit trees, crashed and was destroyed by fire. The pilot was seriously injured, one passenger injured and one slightly injured. Pilot and passenger reported a fire behind the pilot’s seat during the attempted take off, the cause could not be established but it was determined that the crash was inevitable due to the flaps not being set.

Total time recorded in Canadian Department of Transport archives.

09-Mar-1962 - 306 hours

21-Feb-1963 - 730 hours

03-Mar-1964 - 1,112 hours

22-Feb-1965 - 1,425 hours

13-Mar-1966 - 1,865 hours

• CF-PQH Cancelled from Canadian Civil Aircraft Register.

• Written off •

Otter 417 was delivered to the Provincial Government of Québec in April 1961 as CF-PQH, based at Québec City. After five years of service, the Otter was destroyed in an accident on take-off from Aguanish in the Natashquan region of the Province, on 7th August 1966. The take-off was made from a river, just above a waterfall. On board were the pilot, two passengers from the Department of Resources and four hundred pounds of cargo. The distance from the point of take-off to where the aircraft struck trees on an island was about two thousand feet. However, with a slight turn to the right, the river area continued for about a mile. The river was 400 feet wide, narrowing to 200 feet near the island. The land on the island and river sides was rocky and covered with brush and trees.

The pilot stated that after take-off power was applied, the left float raised and a turn started to the right. The left float then made contact with the water, and the Otter turned to the left. Additional power was applied and he attempted to turn again to the right. He perceived a lack of power from the engine and realised at this point that he could not avoid the island. He applied full throttle and raised the nose as far as possible prior to the crash. As soon as the aircraft came to a stop, the three on board got out, but the Otter was engulfed by fire and completely destroyed.

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