• N144Q de Havilland, New York, NY. Delivered 21-Mar-1961.
• N144Q California Land and Investment, Los Angeles, CA. Regd Feb-1968 (Still on US Register as at Mar-1980).
• N144Q Kenmore Air Harbor Inc., Kenmore, WA. Regd 1977 until 1985.
• N144Q Chris Goll, dba Rainbow River Lodge, Anchorage, AK. Regd 13-Jul-1988. On USCAR at01-Oct-1994.
Accident: Crosswind Lake, 40 ml South. Of Iliamna AK 08-Aug-1995. The float equipped DeHavilland aircraft, registered to and operated by Rainbow River Lodge, sustained substantial damage during an aborted landing at Crosswind Lake, located near the confluence of Moraine and Funnel Creeks, 40 miles south of Iliamna, AK. The business flight, operating under 14 CFR Part 91, departed the lodge on Lake Iliamna and the destination was Crosswind Lake. A company flight plan was in effect and visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The airline transport certificated pilot, the fishing guide, and the six passengers were not injured. During a telephone conversation with the pilot on August 10, 1995, he stated he was performing a glassy water landing and the airplane did not touchdown on the water and it "floated" approximately 1/3 of the way past the intended landing area. He applied power and the engine coughed. He stated that he applied throttle rapidly and not as smoothly as if he were applying power for a takeoff. The engine then "came to life" and he attempted to climb. The airplane would not out climb the rising terrain located in the direction of the intended flight. Examination of the engine at the accident site by an AK Aircraft Sales mechanic showed no reason for the engine problem. The carburetor was removed and reinstalled on the replacement engine. The ground test was normal and the subsequent flight was normal. Two crew & six passengers uninjured. NTSB report ANC95LA132.
Total time: 5,100 hours at Aug-1995
Airworthiness date: 05-Dec-1995. Category - Standard restricted.
• N144Q Sheryl L. Williams, Anchorage, AK. Regd 13-Jun-1996. Operated by Ptarmigan Air. Canx 12-Apr-2004.
Accident: Bethel, AK. 20-Sep-2002. The float equipped aircraft, sustained substantial damage during an in-flight collision with tundra-covered terrain during takeoff from a remote lake, located about 1 mile north of Bethel, AK. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) local area instructional flight under Title 14, CFR Part 91, when the accident occurred. The airplane was being operated by Ptarmigan Air, Anchorage, AK. The first pilot, an airline transport certificated pilot/certificated flight instructor, seated in the right seat, and the second pilot, a commercial certificated pilot, seated in the left seat, were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and VFR company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight originated at the accident lake, about 0810. During a telephone conversation with a National Transportation Safety Board investigator on September 20, the first pilot reported that he was providing flight instruction/familiarization training to the second pilot. The first pilot said that just after takeoff, as the airplane climbed to about 50 feet above the water, the airplane began to buffet, and the right wing dropped. The airplane descended and subsequently struck an area of tundra-covered marshy terrain. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage. The first pilot reported that the accident flight was the first flight of the day. He added that a postaccident inspection of the airplane revealed an accumulation of frost on the wings. Pilot and passenger uninjured. NTSB report ANC02LA123.
• N144Q Talkeetna Air Taxi Inc., Talkeetna, AK. Pending 15-Apr-2004. Canx 13-Jul-2004. Re-regd 16-Jul-2004.