If there were 11 people, it couldn’t have been a really small plane.
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Article says it was a DHC-3 “Otter”. 11 people on an Otter is crowded. 11 people on a DHC-6 “Twin Otter” (Article may have gotten facts wrong) is not a full load unless there is also a lot of cargo.
Agreed, but that is the terminology used for General Aviation (GA) which covers domestic civil aviation. The classes are broken up into weight categories as follows;
(A) Heavy: Any aircraft weighing more than 255,000 lb such as the Boeing 747 or the Airbus A340;
(B) B757: Boeing 757 all series;
(C) Large Jet: Large jet aircraft weighing more than 41,000 and up to 255,000 lbs such as the Boeing 737 or the Airbus A320;
(D) Large Commuter: Large non-jet aircraft (such as the Aerospatiale/Alenia ATR-42 and the Saab SF 340), and small regional jets (such as the Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet), weighing more than 41,000 and up to 255,000 lbs;
(E) Medium: Small commuter aircraft including business jets weighing more than 12,500 up to 41,000 lbs such as the Embraer 120 or the Learjet 35; and
(F) Small: Small, single, or twin engine aircraft weighing 12,500 lbs or less such as the Beech 90 or the Cessna Caravan.
Derives from the APO130 based on the TFMS observed aircraft codes.