The wreckage of a DHC-6 Twin Otter that went missing on a trip between the South Pole and an Italian research base in Terra Nova Bay on January 23 has been found by New Zealand air rescue helicopters. Weather prevented rescue efforts on January 23, but the aircraft’s strong ELT signal made finding it easier once the weather cleared. The aircraft, operated by Kenn Borek Air, went down in a mountainous region of the Queen Alexandra Range, where peaks rise to 12,800 feet. The three crewmembers aboard are reported to have perished in the accident.
Kenn Borek Air
Pratt & Whitney Canada has signed a five-year agreement with Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air under which the operator will upgrade the charter company’s fleet of Twin Otters with new PT6A-27 and PT6A-34 engines.
“This agreement provides Kenn Borek Air and [other] operators the opportunity to install new PT6A engines for both upgrade and renewal of their fleets. This agreement also includes a new engine warranty and full access to P&WC engine support at all times,” said Denis Parisien, P&WC vice president, general aviation.
Hawker Beechcraft A100, Kirby Lake, Alberta, Canada, Oct. 25, 2010–The turboprop twin was destroyed when it crashed short of the runway at Kirby Lake Airport. The Canadian-registered King Air, operated by Kenn Borek Air, was carrying 10 people on a charter flight from Edmonton City Center Airport when it went down in daylight, killing one of the pilots and injuring the other nine people on board.
The crews of a pair of de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters made history last April when they flew a daring rescue mission into the depths of the Antarctic winter, landing at the South Pole to rescue an ailing doctor. The mission braved lethally low temperatures to make an unprecedented landing in the deep-freeze of the Antarctic winter at 90 deg South–the ultimate southern destination.