VH-FNZ. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-320 Twin Otter. c/n 706.

It was also registered as: VH-HPY.


This aircraft was ordered new by Air Melanesiae

First flown at Downsview as F-ODGB - August 18, 1980

Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-ODGB - August 1980

Registered to Air Melanesiae, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Accepted by Air Melanesiae at Downsview - August 22, 1980

Cancelled from the French Aircraft Register - April 01, 1981

Entered onto the Vanuatu Aircraft Register as YJ-RV1 - April 01, 1981

Registered to Air Melanesiae, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Withdrawn from use - 1989

Sold to Talair, Papua New Guinea - December 1989

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-RDV - December 1989

Registered to Talair, Goroka, Papua New Guinea

Withdrawn from service and stored at Goroka - May 25, 1993

Ferried Goroka - Mareeba (Queensland) for storage - July 09, 1993

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-FNZ - May 05, 1995

Registered to Flight West airlines, Eagle Farm, Brisbane

Sold to Hawker Pacific Aviation, Sydney - January 24, 1996

Reregistered as VH-HPY - January 24, 1996

Leased to the Royal Australian Army 1st Aviation Regiment, Oakey, Queensland - March 02, 1997

This aircraft was damaged when it crashed near Simbai, Papua New Guinea - November 09, 1997

The aircraft was engaged in a training flight at the time

The PIC mistakenly followed an incorrect routing and crashed into rising ground

The wreckage was recovered and transported to Oakey, Queensland and Richmond, N.S.W.

To view further details on this accident please click 'HERE'

Aircraft had flown 18, 208 hours

This airframe was subsequently sold and rebuilt by Hevilift and returned to service

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 07, 2002

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-KSI - June 26, 2009

Registered to Hevilift, Waigani, Papua New Guinea

Current with Hevilift PNG



P2-RDV. Talair - in the basic livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1995.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-352.)