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Gabon: 30 Killed In Hawker Siddeley 748 Crash  
User currently offlineAsgeirs From Iceland, joined May 2001, 516 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4674 times:

This morning, a Hawker Siddeley 748 operated by Gabon Express crashed into the ocean about 100 meters from the shore in Gabon's Capital, Libreville shortly after taking off from Leon Mba airport.

30 are reported dead but at least six people were rescued from the wreck by small boats which arrived at the area soon after the crash.





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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4601 times:

Oh dear.

Wonder what casued it...


User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4558 times:

Hate to hear one of the few "Budgies" still operating has gone down. I love this type, although the cabin noise is bad. Have flown in and out of bush airfields on 748's serving fishing camps in northern Canada.

User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4417 times:

A sad & tragic loss of life.

A great airline, too. One of few pax operators of the H.S.748, and I believe the last pax operator of the Caravelle. Have the Caravelles all been retired now, can anyone tell me???

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User currently offlineFJWH From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 969 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4292 times:

According to this DUTCH news site http://nu.nl/news.jsp?n=336495&c=20 Dutch, French and German people were probably on board.
There also saying that at least 9 people have been saved and are now in the hospital.

FJWH



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User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4264 times:

probably overload thats usual for african carriers


Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineFJWH From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 969 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4258 times:

Soups,

Indeed AND shitty maintenance

[Edited 2004-06-08 19:02:47]


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User currently offlineR3500vdp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4205 times:


Gabon Express, featured in a flight video showing the HS 748 and the Caravelle was owned and operated by Bob Sobek, a great pilot who flew anything with wings. Hope he was not involved in this sad event. They offered a package to tourists to fly on their "classic" aircraft so that could explain the number of foreigners. Gabon Express was indeed famous for operating the last Caravelle in passenger service (3D-SEP). It's now re-registered SA)">3C-SEP, returned to the lease company and was last seen for maintenance at the Germiston airport (SA). Sad to say it's likely going to end up being yet another white tail freighter dodging arms embargoes in Africa.


User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

26 on board and 3 crew 8 swam to shore (reminds me of UTA flight from cotonou to beirut and kenya airways from abidjan to nairobi via lagos)


Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4153 times:

PLane was trying to make A U TURN emergency landing propelor problem by the looks of it


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User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16307 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4123 times:

I always find it incredible when people survive water ditching! At least there were some survivors! That is something to be thankful for.




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12521 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4059 times:

I believe this aircraft may have featured in one of Just Planes Videos productions, along with the CRV. They only had one 748.

User currently offlineR3500vdp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4018 times:


Gabon Express operated 1 HS-748 TR-LFW which is the aircraft that crashed as it was the only one they had. The aircraft featured in the Just Planes video was one of their two Andover's with registration 3C-KKP which was recently scrapped at Leon M'Ba. They currently operate a Fokker 27 and a YS-11.


User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3978 times:

There were also two Lebanese on board. One of them was killed the other survived the crash.

Condolences to all involved to this crash.


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

Seem like the plane was made in 1967.


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