One of McCulloch International's 12 Electras, in Toronto to transport potential customers to one of the parent company's land developement sites. Former American Airlines Electra would be leased to Pacific Southwest Airlines a couple of times before being sold in 1979 to the Honduran Air Force becoming 555 (later HR-EMA). Presently with Air Spray in Canada as C-GNPB.
This Electra was destroyed whilst conducting fire retardant drops near Cranbrook,British Columbia. The two pilots did not survive the crash which started a wildfire when it exploded upon crashing. The date of the crash was 16 July 2003, less than a month after I photographed it.
From what I have read, Indian Ocean Airlines was a short-lived Australian carrier. This Electra had been leased from JBQ Aviation and arrived in Perth on 14 August 1992. It was entered into the Australian register 9 September 1992 as VH-IOB. The airline intended to fly a Perth-Cocos Island-Christmas Island route with the aircraft, but it never entered service. It was registered N351Q again on 14 December 1992 and departed Perth back to the USA on 15 December 1992.
Shown here wearing the first & original Electra livery. The tail features a single blue band that was later altered to two blue bands with varying fonts until the re-paint into Ansett Airlines of Australia.
It had returned in December 1991 from 8 months operating with Air Bridge as G-FNWY. Prior to that it operated for Northwest Territorial Airways as C-FNWY and whose basic livery it is still wearing in this photo.