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c/n 453

C-FDIV wintering at Reddit, Ontario.
Photo: Robert S. Grant © December 1980 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FDIV doing Bell business.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Karl E. Hayes Collection

c/n 453

JW 9103 • CF-DIV

C-FDIV

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• JW 9103 Ordered new for Tanzania, with this serial number. On RCAF books for acceptance testing, training and delivery, at Camp Borden, ON with this serial number. Delivered to Tanzania on 04-Mar-1966.

• JW 9103 Tanzanian Air Force. Delivered 08-Mar-1966 but initially used as above. Based at Dar es Salaam. Sold May-1972.

• CF-DIV Bannock Aerospace Ltd., Toronto, ON.

• CF-DIV Bradley Air Services Ltd., Carp, ON. Regd 14-Jun-1972.

Accident: Coburg Island, NT. 04-Sep-1972. Damaged in a crash which was summarised as “selected unsuitable terrain; hard landing”.

• C-FDIV Re regd to Bradley, Air Services Ltd., Carp, ON and operated on behalf of Bell Canada Ltd. Based at Kenora, ON.

Incident: Reddit, ON. 24-Apr-1981. After touching down on the runway, the rear check cable broke, causing the tail wheel to collapse.Repaired.

• C-FDIV Tobin Lake Air Services Ltd., Nipawin, SK. Canx 11-Feb-1986 as removed from register..

Accident: Black Lake, SK. 01-Jul-1982, While on final approach to land on the isolated lake, the engine stopped. Attempts by the pilot to restart the engine were unsuccessful and he landed the aircraft in dense bush near the shoreline.

• C-FDIV Air Tindi Ltd., Yellowknife, NT. Reported as purchased. (See narrative below). However no recent history found of either serial number or construction number.

Status unknown

Otter 453 was delivered to the Tanzanian Air Force on 8th March 1966 with serial JW 9103. It was crated and shipped to Tanzania where it was re-assembled and entered service, based at Dar es Salaam. The history of the Tanzanian Otters has been explained in relation to Otter 451. Of the eight Otters acquired, three were retained in Canada for training purposes, and the other five, including 9103, went to Tanzania where they continued in service until April 1972, when they were purchased by Bannock Aerospace Ltd., of Toronto, Ontario.

The five Otters were flown from Dar es Salaam to Nairobi-Wilson airfield, Kenya in April 1972 and during May were prepared for the long ferry flight back to Canada. They were registered to Bannock Aerospace Ltd., JW 9102 (452) becoming CF-DIO; JW 9103 (453) CF-DIV; JW 9104 (454) CF-DIY; JW 9106 (459)

CF-DJA and 9107 (460) CF-DIZ. Four of these Otters passed through Shannon in Ireland on the delivery flight home, the fifth passing through Prestwick in Scotland. CF-DIV (453) passed through Malta on 14th May 1972 and routed Paris (Orly)-Shannon-Reykjavik on 17th May. It had arrived at Toronto's Malton Airport by 29th May 1972.

The Otter was sold on to Bradley Air Services Ltd., of Carp, Ontario on 14th June 1972 and after overhaul and repaint into Bradley colours, entered service as part of their Otter fleet. It was damaged in a crash at Coburg Island, Northwest Territories on 4th September 1972, summarised as “selected unsuitable terrain; hard landing”. It was repaired, re-registered C-FDIV and operated by Bradley on behalf of Bell Canada Ltd., based at Kenora, Ontario. This was a long-term contract, for which the Otter was painted orange overall, with black cheat-line and Bell Canada's logo. It was used to fly Bell technicians to native reservations throughout north-western Ontario in connection with the installation of the phone network.

This was a summer only operation, at least towards the end of the contract, and the Otter was in storage at Reddit, Ontario over the winter of 1980 / 1981. It suffered a minor incident at Reddit on 24th April 1981. After touching down on the runway, the rear check cable broke, causing the tail wheel to collapse. The damage was repaired and in June 1981 DIV was sold to Tobin Lake Air Services Ltd., Nipawin, Saskatchewan. The following year, on 1st July 1982, it crashed at Black Lake, Saskatchewan. While on final approach to land on the isolated lake, the engine stopped. Attempts by the pilot to restart the engine were unsuccessful and he landed the aircraft in dense bush near the shoreline. The engine was not recovered from the crash site and so the reason for the failure could not be determined.

That accident marked the end of DIV's flying career for a long time. The fuselage was retrieved from the crash site and by 1987 it had arrived at Salinas, California where it was used for engineering test work in connection with the Vazar turbo Otter project. By October 1991 it had arrived at the Aeroflite Industries facility at the Vancouver International Airport where it was in store for an eventual rebuild and was also used for training purposes in connection with the Vazar conversions undertaken at Aeroflite. The Otter was sold to Air Tindi Ltd., of Yellowknife, operators of turbine Otter C-FXUY (142) but remained in store at the Aeroflite hangar in Vancouver awaiting rebuild. It was still there in 2004, twenty two years after its crash.

To be updated

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