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c/n 317

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c/n 317


• 58-1701. Delivered 27-Feb-1959. Designated as U-1A.

It was delivered from Downsview to the Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, CA.

Initially assigned to 17th Aviation Company, Fort Ord, CA.

Accident: May-1962. Details below.

Jun-1962. Deleted from Army inventory Jun-1962

Destroyed by fire

Otter 317 was delivered to the United States Army on 27 February 1959 with serial 58-1701 (tail number 81701). It was assigned to the 17th Aviation Company at Fort Ord, California and was delivered from Downsview to the Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, California before continuing on to Fort Ord. It was still flying for the 17th Aviation Company when it was destroyed in an accident during May 1962. The aircraft was deleted from the Army inventory the following month.

The fate of 81701 can now be revealed thanks to Dave Powers, its crew chief. The aircraft was one of four 17th Aviation Company Otters flying on a date in May 1962 from their base at Fort Ord to Fort Lewis, Washington. The flight followed the California Pacific Coast northbound and the four Otters stopped to refuel at Crescent City, California, a civilian airfield near to the Oregon border. 81701 was the first of the flight to take off and had six souls on board. The Otter was just airborne, some 200 feet high, when the engine failed. The pilot managed to put the aircraft down, and all six occupants to exit the aircraft, all with varying degrees of injury, but the Otter was totally destroyed in the post crash fire.

Full history up to 2005 courtesy of Karl E Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter - A History (CD-ROM 2005), now with added and updated information which Karl has supplied for the benefit of the website.