• PI-C53 Philippine Air Lines (PAL). Delivered on 18-Mar-1955. Withdrawn from use May-1964. Canx 26-Aug-1968.
Entries preceded by dates are extracts from Canadian Department of Transport archives.
09-Aug-1968 CF-XUX allotted to DHC-3 msn 72 for Thomas Lamb Airways Ltd., The Pas, MB.
12-Aug-1968 Bill of Sale; Philippine Air Lines Inc., to Thomas Lamb Airways, US$27,500.
26-Aug-1968 DHC-3 PI-C53 msn 72 cancelled from Philippine CAR. (PI-C54 msn 142 also cancelled same day).
05-Sep-1968 Temporary Flight Permit and Certificate of Registration for ferry flight, Manila, PI., to Calgary issued to “Thomas Lamb Airways” for DHC-3 msn 72, valid to 04-Nov-1968. (However, the Otter was actually crated and shipped by sea).
03-Dec-1968 Canadian Import Duty paid at Calgary.
09-Dec-1968 Certificate of Registration and Flight Permit for Certificate of Airworthiness test flight issued to “Lamb Airways” c/o Field Aviation, Calgary, (who had given the aircraft a complete overhaul).
16-Dec-1968 application for Certificate of Registration by “Thomas Lamb”, The Pas, MB.
• CF-XUX Thomas Lamb Airways Ltd. Purchased Aug-1968. Regd 16-Dec-1968.
02-Jan-1969 Bill of Sale; Thomas Lamb Airways Ltd to Lambair Ltd., The Pas, MB.
• CF-XUX Company renamed Lambair, Jan-1969.
02-Jan-1969 Bill of Sale; “Lamb Enterprises Ltd” to W.J. Harrison, Burns Lake (owner of Omineca Helicopters and Omineca Air Service).
21-Mar-1969 Bought by Omineca Helicopters, Telkwa, BC, for lease to B.C. Yukon Air Service.
__Apr-1969 Omineca Air Service Ltd., buys B.C. Yukon Air Service Ltd.
29-May-1969 Provisional Certificate of Registration and Flight Permit issued for Certificate of Airworthiness test flight issued to Omineca Helicopters Ltd., Burns Lake, BC., c/o Field Aviation, Calgary, AB., valid until 30-Jul-1969.
30-May-1969 Certificate of Airworthiness issued.
• CF-XUX Omineca Air Services, Burns Lake, BC. Regd 30-May-1969.
30-May-1969 Application for Certificate of Registration by B.C. Yukon Air Service Ltd., Watson Lake, YT.
02-Jun-1969 Temporary Certificate of Registration and Flight Permit issued for ferry flight Calgary - Burns Lake, BC,. valid until 16-JUN-1969.
07-Jun-1969 Bill of Sale; Omineca Helicopters Ltd., to B.C. Yukon Air Service Ltd., Watson Lake, YT.
30-Jun-1969 Provisional Certificate of Registration and Certificate of Airworthiness issued to B.C. Yukon Air Service Ltd., Watson Lake, YT.
30-Jun-1969 Certificate of Registration issued to B.C. Yukon Air Service Ltd., Watson Lake, YT.
• CF-XUX BC Yukon Air Service Ltd., Watson Lake, YT. Regd 30-Jun-1969.
Accident: Nahanni Butte, NT 16-Jul-1972. The aircraft had been en route from its base at Watson Lake, Yukon to a lake located in a canyon. The weather was clear on departure but one and a half hours later the pilot reported by radio that the ceiling was 4,000 feet with four miles visibility in light rain. The aftercast (as opposed to forecast) indicated that the weather continued to deteriorate until the high plateaux on either side were cloud covered and only the canyons were clear of cloud.
The pilot had landed at the destination lake three times during the previous three days, but these flights were carried out in clear weather, which enabled him to see the lake from an altitude well above the surrounding plateau. The pilot was not familiar with an approach to the lake following the valley. He was using an 8 mile:1 inch map which did not contain sufficient detail. Numerous canyons leading into the valley were not indicated on this map, which would have confused the pilot's attempt to read the map. Two miles short of his destination, the pilot had entered a canyon which lead to a dead end. The pilot attempted a 180 degree turn at the end of the canyon, which had become 560 feet wide. The aircraft struck the wall of the canyon and fell to the creek bed below. The pilot Dennis Ball and passenger Phillip Woolacott were killed.
• CF-XUX Cancelled from Canadian Civil Aircraft Register, 31-Oct-1972.
Total flight time since new as recorded in Canadian Department of Transport archives.
03-Dec-1968 - 9,924 hours
30-May-1969 - 9,934 hours
12-May-1970 - 10,613 hours
30-Apr-1971 - 11,246 hours
10-Apr-1972 - 11,963 hours