No. 9258. de Havilland DHC-2 Mk.III Turbo Beaver (CF-SCI c/n 1574TB6)
Photographed by W.T. Larkins

de Havilland DHC-2 Mk.III Turbo Beaver

09/30/2009. The de Havilland Canada produced 1,692 DHC-2 Beavers, of which 60 were completed as DHC-2 Mk.III Turbo Beavers, powered by a 578 shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-6 turbo-prop engine. The first Turbo Beaver,
CF-PSM-X c/n 1525TB1, flew December 30, 1963, the sixth, CF-SCI, flew on January 20, 1965 and was used as a company demonstrator until it was sold to ERA Helicopters, Anchorage, Alaska, USA in June 1969, registered as N7620.

The aircraft had a service life with several mishaps, on April 13, 1970, it was severely damaged when equipped with skis the right gear hit a snow bank and collapsed on takeoff from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska; the pilot and the two passengers remained unhurt.

On August 13, 1974, the aircraft hit obscured high grounds at Anaktuvuk, Alaska, while operated by Merric Aviation (site files) on a VFR flight in adverse weather conditions; the pilot and the three passengers were killed.

Apparently repaired, N7620 was registered to Professional Air Services on November 14, 1975, while it was registered to Calvin D. Harper when it was involved in yet another accident, its registration being cancelled on December 12, 1979. Its fate is unknown.

Created September 30, 2009