CC-138 Twin Otter


The CC-138 Twin Otter is used in transport and support roles in northern operations as well as search and rescue missions. It is highly adaptable and well suited to Canada’s ever-changing northern climate and terrain.

The Twin Otter is a short take-off and landing utility-transport aircraft. It can be outfitted with wheels or skis for landing on ground, snow and ice.

Length 15.1 m
Wingspan 19.81 m
Height 6.06 m
Maximum gross weight 6,350 kg
Maximum speed 307 km/h
Range 1,250 km
Location Yellowknife, N.W.T.
This aircraft is used for Transport


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NORAD Agile Airpower Seminar goes virtual

Members of the CAF, the United States Department of Defense, and other stakeholders virtually convened for the latest edition of the series of Arctic Air Power Seminars.
June 17, 2020

CC138803 - Twin Otter

CC138803 Twin-Otter - Epilogue

The aircraft touched down on a smooth area of sea ice, but then bounced into the air after hitting an ice ridge perpendicular to the aircraft’s heading. The aircraft impacted the base of a larger ice ridge once it settled back onto the sea ice. The nose landing gear collapsed and the aircraft came to a stop shortly thereafter. The aircraft was very seriously damaged.
March 10, 2019

CC138804 Twin Otter accident site

CC138804 Twin Otter - Epilogue

While conducting austere airfield training, during the takeoff from the tundra near Horn Lake, southwest of Inuvik, NT, the Twin Otter aircraft’s nose landing gear collapsed.  There were no injuries among the four crew and two passengers.
August 23, 2012

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