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C-GAEE looking crumpled and sad at Vancouver.
Photo: Gary Vincent © October 1991
C-GAEE at Atlin Lake, British Columbia.
Photo:  Kenneth I. Swartz © June 1981
C-GAEE north of Atlin, with matching oil drums.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 1981
C-GAEE thankfully returned to her normal state.
Photo: John Kimberley © May 1981 - Aird Archives
C-GAEE at Whitehorse, posing as a movie star !
Photo: Gary Vincent © May 1981
C-GAEE "Rosie" at Vancouver.
Photo: John Kimberley © April 1981 - Aird Archives
C-GAEE getting lift at Ottawa - Uplands.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 28 April 1978
53-7915 of 708th Maintenance Battalion, Baumholder, Germany.
Photo: Dave Lawrence © 03 June 1971 - Adrian M. Balch Collection
Photo: Dave Lawrence © 03 June 1971 - Andy Anderson Collection - NA3T (MIL26020)

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53-7915 • C-GAEE

N54LA

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53-7915 US Army # 1456. L20 No: 457. Command A-4. Delivered 19-Nov-1954. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

Served with 8th Div. Support Co, Baunholder, Germany Circa Jun-1971.

53-7915 For sale Coleman Barracks, Mannheim – Sandhofen, Germany. Seen 28-Aug-1972.

Total time: 4,895 hrs.

No regn. Purchased by B–M Aviation Ltd., Lachute, QC. 01-Apr-1973 and stored.

C-GAEE B–M Aviation Ltd., Lachute, QC. Regd prior to Certificate of Airworthiness renewal dated 22-May-1975. Canx date currently unknown.

Note: Reported to have been sold to Taku Air Transport in Apr-1979. This sale fell through and it went to R.G. Bond in 1982. However as B-M stopped trading in Dec-1978 it is unclear what the status of the aircraft was between Dec-1978 and 1982.

C-GAEE Richard G. Bond, BC. On CCAR at May-1981. Regd 1982. Canx 16-Dec-1985.

Note: Appeared in 1983 film “Never Cry Wolf”.

C-GAEE Taku Air Transport Ltd., Atlin, BC. Canx 30-Mar-1987.

Accident: Dease Lake, BC. Lat 58.28'N, Long 130.02'W. 27-Sep-1986. The pilot and five passengers boarded the float-equipped Beaver aircraft, in Atlin, BC and departed on a visual flight rules (VFR) flight to Dease Lake at 16.18 Pacific daylight time (PDT). The flight arrived over Dease Lake at 17.35 and proceeded northward over the lake's east shore. Approximately one and one-half miles from the south end of the lake, the aircraft turned to the south to descend for a landing in the middle of the lake. The aircraft was in a fairly steep constant descent when it struck the water. It then nosed over and came to rest with only the bottom of the fuselage visible. The fuselage floated for about 10 minutes, then sank in 120 feet of water. The landing area was approximately one mile from the south end of the lake. The pilot escaped with serious injuries. The five passengers did not exit the aircraft and drowned. Findings 1. Glassy-water conditions prevailed at the time of the landing. 2. The aircraft struck the water at a high rate of descent, in a nose-down attitude. 3. The passenger pre-flight briefing/card did not adequately prepare passengers to deal with emergency water evacuation. 4. The pilot was certified and qualified for the flight in accordance with existing regulations. 5. The aircraft was certified, equipped, and maintained in accordance with existing regulations and approved procedures. 6. There was no evidence found of any airframe failure or system malfunction prior to or during the flight. 7. The weight and centre of gravity were within the prescribed limits. 3.2 Causes The cause of the accident is that the pilot did not recognize the glassy-water conditions and did not use the glassy-water landing technique. The wreckage Trucked to Vancouver, BC. It was substantially damaged but rebuilt.

Noted on a truck at Vancouver, BC 01-Apr-1993.

C-GAEE Pacific Aircraft Salvage Inc., Victoria, BC. Regd 30-Jun-1995. Canx on export to USA 04-Jul-1995. Regd for certification purposes.

N754LA Canx Jul-1995. Other details unknown

Airworthiness date: 06-Jul-1995.Classification – Standard.

N54LA Kenneth H. Loken and Craig J. Loken, Juneau, AK. Regd., 07-Jul-1995. Canx 27-Aug-2009.

N54LA Owned by Inian Inc. Operated by Lynden Air Cargo doing business as Loken Aviation. Circa Jul-1996.

Accident: 15 ml from Elfin Cove, AK. N58.012, W136.062. 19-Jul-1996. The pilot of the air taxi cargo flight departed his base of operations in Juneau, Alaska for a series of flights in southeast Alaska that would ultimately return him to Juneau. On the accident leg of the intended round robin, the pilot was en route from Hoonah to Elfin Cove. The flight would originate and end at sea level, and traverse a mountain pass, with minimum obstruction clearance in the pass estimated at 500 feet msl. The airplane collided with steeply rising terrain at the 1,250-foot level about one mile south of the proposed flight path. The airplane was partially consumed by a post impact fire. The operator initiated a helicopter search within two hours of the time of the accident. The helicopter pilot and his passenger both reported that the area where the accident airplane was eventually located was obscured in low clouds, and that many of the other valleys and mountainsides were covered in clouds. Low clouds persisted in the area of the crash site for the following two days. The pilot suffered fatal injuries and the aircraft was destroyed. NTSB report number ANC96FA101.

N54LA Reported as sold to unknown 27-Aug-2009, however cancelled from FAA register as expired on 22-Apr-2013.

Aircraft destroyed

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