Tragically lost after take-off from a remote northern airport one night in 1993. Complete destruction of the aircraft hampered determination of cause, but a total electrical failure is thought likely, followed by 'black hole' disorientation of the crew and loss of control.
Registered as G-AYIR and CS-TAF for short lease to SATA Air Acores prior to delivery to Rousseau Aviation as F-BSRU in 1970. To Air Botswana as A2-ABC in 1975, United Air Services as ZS-LHN in 1982 and Zambia Airways as 7P-LAI in 1983. Back to United Air Services as ZS-LHN in 1984. To G-AYIR then to Northland Air Manitoba as C-FTTW and Northland Air Manitoba in 1986. Renamed to Air Manitoba in 1990. To Wasaya Airways in 1996. Destroyed by fire at Sandy Lake, ON in 2012.
Post war C-47D 45-1115 , converted to a VC-47D in 1950, was sold to Desert Air Parts in October 1972 registered N17777. Imported into Canada as C-GCZG in January 1975 by Ontario Central Airlines, the aircraft was a fixture in Winnipeg for almost twenty years. Withdrawn by Air Manitoba in May 1992, it was sold to Buffalo Airways in January 1994. Registered to Aviation Boreal in May 1995, it was damaged beyond repair landing on frozen Kenty Lake in Quebec when one ski hit a snowbank and collapsed the landing gear.
Named "Ancient Lady" on the tail. Officially quoted as cn 30386 ex HI-171, but that aircraft was destroyed near Daytona Beach, FL, while being airlifted to a museum on 2 Jun 1989. Instead, C-GTXW is believed to be cn 26946 ex HI-163.
Pictured recently delivered from South Africa via Stanstead, C-FTTW still wears Air Botswana's color scheme. Leased to Wasaya Airways in November 1996 the aircfraft was sold to the airline in January 1999. While off loading fuel from bladders on June 12, 2012, the aircraft caught fire and burned out at Dandy Lake, Ont.