First off, a beautiful shot of MSN 882, which is ultimately destined for the U.A.E. taken at Victoria yesterday by Tim Martin.
|MSN 882 - DHC-6-400 C-FAFI|
Viking Air Ltd.
Victoria, BC 23-Jan-2014
Tim Martin Photo
892 - DHC-6-400 C-FVIK Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC
- Spokane, WA (KGEG/GEG) - Victoria, BC (CYYJ/YYJ)
896 - DHC-6-400 C-GLVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC
897 - DHC-6-400 C-FGAL Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC
898 - DHC-6-400 C-GFAP Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC
The aircraft below was noted outside the Hevilift engineering facility at Cairns, QLD a couple of days ago. No one is quite sure of the identity so far.
While working on the airframe history for MSN 610 at TwinOtterArchive, I've encountered a bit of a timeline issue that needs to be clarified. If any readers can shed any light on the subject, it would be greatly appreciated!
MSN 610 was operated by Milne Bay Air in Papua New Guinea circa 1994 as P2-MBT, before going to Goroka Air Services in 1997 as P2-MRN. Reports indicate that by early 2001 it was being operated by Sabang Merauke Air Charter (SMAC) of Merauke, Indonesia as PK-ZAP and was involved in a runway excursion incident at Ninia, Indonesia 02-Feb-2001. From there reports seem to indicate that it was then operated by Asmat Air. By 2004 it was noted in a dismantled state "with a colourful tail" inside the Air Regional hangar at Madang, PNG.
The undated pictures below show the aircraft at Madang, PNG. It would appear that by the strapping still around the fuselage it had been placed in its current location by a) a crane, or b) via helicopter sling load. The description above of a "colourful tail" match the photographs - so it is presumably in 2003 or 2004.
What is causing the problem is that the colours on the aircraft in the photographs doesn't tie up with the timeline of an accident that occurred in 2001. We know that PK-ZAP flew for quite some time in the basic Goroka Air Services scheme while operated by Asmat Air (who had a common owner with Air Regional) - so it probably didn't carry the pictured scheme until maybe 2002/2003.
1) When did Goroka Air Services cease operations?
2) Was the aircraft ever actually operated by Sabang Merauke Air Charter?
3) Did the accident reported on 02-Feb-2001 actually occur?
4) What are the circumstances that caused the damage in the pictures above?
5) Last report of the aircraft is 2004 - where it this airframe currently, and what is the status?