VH-EAY. de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter. c/n 253.
Was also registered as: VH-SBS.
This was the third of four aircraft ordered by Qantas Airways Ltd - ?
Built by de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd, Downsview, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Powered by Pratt and Whitney R-1340 Wasp engine
The aircraft was shipped from New York City onboard the S. S. Port of Montreal - April 03, 1958
Delivered by de Havilland Canada to de Havilland Australia at Sydney (Bankstown) - May 1958
Purchased by Qantas Airways from de Havilland Australia, Bankstown
Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAY - July 04, 1958
Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney
The aircraft was named ‘Kieta’ (Bougainville)
Delivered for operations in Papua New Guinea - ?
The aircraft was damaged during landing at Tapini, Papua New Guinea - August 03, 1958
It swung off the runway and struck an open ditch sustaining substantial airframe and engine damage
It was repaired at Tapini and returned to service
Sold to Trans Australian Airlines (T.A.A.) - September 01, 1960
Reregistered as VH-SBS - December 08, 1960
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne
The aircraft was renamed ‘Kerowahghl’
It was written off when it crashed near Mendi, Papua-New Guinea - December 02, 1961