C-GAXL kitted out with skiis for winter.
Photos: Michel Giroux © 21 March 2010
C-GAXL waiting for the snow to melt at Lac Sébastien.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 01 May 2004 - Aird Archives
Photo:Marcel Fluet-Lecerf © date unknown - via Erik Johannesson - Aird Archives
Photos: Neil Aird © June 1993
C-GAXL with DHC-3 C-FODT at Mistassini, Québec.
Photo: Bruce W. Gowans © August 1988
C-GAXL when serving with NORTHWAY Aviation.
Photo: Robert S. Grant © June 1983 - Aird Archives
Photo: Unknown photographer © Summer 1981 - Ruben Husberg Collection


56-357 • 56-0357 • N4739S



56-357 US Army #1658 L-20 No. 659. Command A-11. Delivered 23-Jan-1957. Built as L-20A and re- designated U-6A in 1962.

Note: Originally serialed as shown above but in approx 1965 would have had the additional “0” added to conform with US Army & USAF agreement on numbering to represent the service the aircraft operated with.

• 56-0357 US Army Re serialled in 1965.

N4739S State Airlines Inc.,Charlotte NC. Regd 21-Aug-1964. Canx 06-Jul-1970

C-GAXL Imported into Canada in 1975.

C-GAXL Aviation La Brosse et Fils, QC. Jan-1976.

C-GAXL Northway Aviation Ltd., Arnes, MB. Regd prior to Certificate of Airworthiness renewal dated 13-Dec-1977 until canx Dec-1984.

Accident: Riverton, MB. Lat 51.00N, Long 97.00W. 04-Sep-1976. One passenger spontaneously decided to assist in the docking operation. He stepped too far forward and the propeller hit both arms. Seriously injured.

C-GAXL Paul Petawabano, Mistassini, QC. Regd 05-Aug-1985. Canx 14-Jun-1989.

C-GAXL Waasheshkun Airways Ltd., Mistassini Lake, Baie du Poste QC. Regd 01-Nov-1989. Canx Apr-1994.

Total time: Jun-1993 - 11,570.3 hours.

C-GAXL Air Saguenay (1980) Inc., Jonquière, QC. Regd 06-Apr-1994.

C-GAXL Air Saguenay (1980) Inc., Chicoutimi, QC. Based Lac Sébastien. QC. Regd 23-Apr-1999 and at Jonquiere again 02-Sep-2003. Canx 12-Dec-2011. Deleted 28-Dec-2011.

Accident: Lake Péribonka, QC, 12 nm WSW North of Lac St. Jean, QC. 16-Jul-2010. 49.5462N / -71.3256W The float-equipped aircraft was flying under visual flight rules from Lac des Quatre to Lac Margane, QC, with 1 pilot and 5 passengers on board. A few minutes after take-off, the pilot reported intentions of making a precautionary landing due to adverse weather conditions. At approximately 11:17, Eastern Daylight Time, the aircraft hit a mountain, 12 nautical miles west-south-west of the southern part of Lac Péribonka. The aircraft was destroyed and partly consumed by the fire that broke out after the impact. The pilot and 3 passengers were killed; 1 passenger sustained serious injuries and 1 passenger sustained minor injuries. No ELT signal was received.

Total Time: 17,204 hours at Jul-2010.

Deleted from register following accident