c/n 948

N712TS parked at Anacortes, Washington.
Photo: Dave Adam  ©  July 2002
C-FGAL at Fort St. James, British Columbia.
Photo: John Olafson © 1990's
ZK-BMF with Fieldair in New Zealand.
Photo: Photographer unknown © Archival image.
ZK-BMF in demonstrator mode.
Photo: Bob Cranston © 1960 - via Graeme Mills

c/n 948

ZK-BMF • C-FGAL • N998CL

N712TS

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ZK-BMF De Havilland Aircraft Co. of New Zealand Ltd., Wellington. Delivered 24-Aug-1956. First flight in NZ 04-Mar-1958.

ZK-BMF Fieldair Ltd., Gisborne. Regd 24-Apr-1961.

Accident: Te Wera. 24-Jan-1964. Pilot R. Misson. Other details unknown.

Accident: Palmerston North. 04-Oct-1974. Pilot Stephen Welch. Other details unknown.

ZK-BMF Passed to Fieldair Holdings (Central) Ltd., Palmerston North. Regd 18-Nov-1980.

Accident: Gisborne. 23-Nov-1981. Details unknown.

ZK-BMF Passed to Fieldair Holdings Ltd., Palmerston North. Regd 30-Mar-1984. W.f.u. in 1986.

Note: Stored at Gisborne between 1986 and Sep-1991, when it went to Frank Wright for conversion from crop duster to passenger configuration.

ZK-BMF F. R. & M. K. Wright, Tauranga. Regd 18-Sep-1991. Canx 13-Aug-1992.

C-FGAL Glacier Air Ltd., Fort St. James, BC. Regd 14-Aug-1992 and 07-Oct-1992.

Accident: Kwadacha Widerness Park. (SW of Fort Nelson), BC. 06-Sep-1997.While attempting to take off from a glacial lake the aircraft struck a rock bed at the end of the lake. The pilot and one passenger suffered minor injuries whilst a second was hospitalised with undetermined injuries. CADORS report 1997PO953

C-FGAL Deleted 22-Dec-1998, on export to USA.

N998CL Seair Adventures LLC., Eastsound, WA. Regd 12-Jan-1999. Canx 04-Dec-2000.

N712TS Reserved to Seair Adventures LLC., Eastsound, WA. Dates unknown.

N712TS Hans W. Munich, Anacortes, WA. Regd 07-Dec-2000.

Incident: Nanaimo, BC. 09-Jun-2003. Pilot advised Nanaimo airport FSS that on approach he had no gear down indicator. The aircraft did a fly by and pilot was advised that gear appeared to be down. The aircraft touched down briefly on runway 16 but departed immediately, with pilot indicating that he would land on the water but failed to advise the airport of the destination. CADORS report 2003P0626

Accident: Sitka Island, AK. 20-Sep-2004. The commercial certificated pilot, with four passengers, departed for a remote lodge on an on-demand air taxi flight in an amphibious float-equipped airplane. The airplane was the second of two company airplanes to depart for the lodge. The route of flight would have transited around the north end, from the west side to the east side of a large island. The first company airplane completed the flight, but the accident airplane did not arrive at the lodge, and was reported overdue. Throughout the morning, before the accident flight, the pilot received two telephonic weather briefings from the local FAA flight service station, which included an AIRMET for mountain obscuration, and two pilot reports from the first pilot. In addition, the pilot visited the FSS for another weather briefing. The weather conditions along the route of flight had reported visibilities as low as 2 miles, and ceilings as low as 200 feet due to rain and mist, and wind of 35 to 40 knots. The area of the accident flight is characterized by steep mountainous island terrain, numerous ocean channels, and an extensive shoreline, containing small coves and bays. The area frequently has low ceilings and reduced visibility due to rain, fog, and mist. The island is one of several barrier islands between the north Pacific Ocean and mainland AK. The western coastal portion of the island is exposed to open ocean. The eastern coastal portion of the island is adjacent to a wide strait, which separates the island from several inner islands. The area of operations for the accident airplane has no low-level radar coverage, intermittent radio communications, and limited weather reporting capability. The company's operations manual states that aircraft may not be released for a flight at any location unless there is agreement about the parameters of the flight with the pilot-in-command, and any of the following: Director of operations; chief pilot; or trained individuals granted the authority by the director of operations. The airplane has been declared missing, and is presumed to have crashed; the occupants are presumed to have received fatal injuries. NTSB Identification: ANC04FAMS2.

Total time: at Sep-2004 - 16,155 hours

N712TS Canx 15-May-2006.

Removed from Register

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** Report created 10/14/2004 Record 7 **********************************************
IDENTIFICATIONRegis#: 712TS Make/Model: DHC2 Description: DHC-2 Mk1Beaver (U-6, L-20)Date: 09/20/2004 Time:
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: Fatal Mid Air: NMissing: YDamage: Unknown
LOCATIONCity: SITKA State: AK Country: US
DESCRIPTIONHARRIS AIRCRAFT SERVICES, N712TS, DEHAVILAND DHC2 BEAVER, WASISSUED AN ALERT NOTICE AS MISSING ON 9/20/04, SEARCH AND RESCUE ACTIVITYSUSPENDED 9/30/04, THE FIVE PERSONS ON BOARD ARE ASSUMED FATAL, SITKA, ALASKATO BARANOF WARM SPRINGS, ALASKA
INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 5# Crew: 1 Fat: 1 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: Y# Pass: 4 Fat: 4 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: Y# Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:

OTHER DATAActivity: Business Phase: Unknown Operation: Air Taxi (On Demand)
Departed: SITKA, AK Dep Date: 09/20/2004 Dep.Time: 1835 Destination: BARANOF WARM SPRINGS Flt Plan: VFR WxBriefing: Y Last Radio Cont: DEPARTING RY 11 SITLast Clearance: NONE
FAA FSDO: JUNEAU, AK (AL05) Entry date:10/14/2004.


> September 25th - 5:29 pm ET> No sign of missing plane, search enters sixth day>> The Associated Press> SITKA, Alaska — There has been no trace of a missing floatplane as> the search for it and its five occupants entered its sixth day in> Southeast Alaska.>> Coast Guard officials had hoped a break in the weather Friday would> turn up signs of the plane's passage, but flyovers of mountain> passes the plane may have taken yielded nothing, according to Lt. Matt> Moorlag at the Coast Guard's Juneau command center.>> The search by Coast Guard, Civil Air Patrol and private aircraft> continued Saturday. Wind gusts of up to 50 miles an hour were> expected in the area by evening, which could hamper the search.>> "So we're trying to search as much as we possibly can with the> weather window we have today," Moorlag said.>> Those on board are Joe Murphy, of Bremerton, Wash., senior vice> president of the Washington State Labor Council; his twin brother,> Jim Murphy, of Sequim, Wash.; Jerry Balmer, of Auburn, Calif.;> Lloyd Koenig, of Pleasanton, Calif., and pilot Eric Johnson of Sitka.>> The four passengers were on a fishing vacation together. They took> off from Sitka on Monday and were destined for Baranof Wilderness> Lodge at Warm Springs Bay to the east of the island.>>

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