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User currently offlineCBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1572 posts, RR: 6
Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5313 times:

Tried Searching, but could not find anything. Does anyone know what ever happened to the ex AA 727 N844AA that was stolen in Africa. Did they ever find it, or is it still missing?
Thanks
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User currently offline4holer26 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 65 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5299 times:

Stolen? I never heard that story. Details please.

Paul



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29832 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5304 times:

AFAIK it was never found.

Did here a first hand account from somebody that worked on that aircraft in Africa turning it into a tanker.

His theory seems most plausable. The owners of the airplane who where repo-ing it, tried to sneak out of dodge without paying the airport fees the renter had generated to the local generalisimo who had it shot down over the ocean.

It is a pretty interesting story, missing airplanes, shady dealings, Malaria and the South African Mob.



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12339 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5288 times:
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I remember starting a thread on this last year, following a B727 crash on take off, which was totally overloaded.

If I remember correctly the FBI thought the B727 that crashed was the same one that disapperared while on a ferry flight from Africa with an american pilot on board. An AC pilot said that he saw a B727 with the same rego of the one that went missing, a few months before the crash


User currently offlineComeAndGo From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1041 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5276 times:

Quoting CBPhoto (Thread starter):
Tried Searching, but could not find anything. Does anyone know what ever happened to the ex AA 727 N844AA that was stolen in Africa. Did they ever find it, or is it still missing?
Thanks

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User currently offlineCheckraiser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5209 times:

According to this story the plane was later spotted - but is now again missing.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,992839,00.html


User currently offlineVorticity From United States of America, joined May 2004, 337 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5128 times:

An actually interesting topic that isn't AvB only gets 5 responces. It's hard to believe that people can't keep track of an airplane of that size? It's gotta be out there somewhere. I'd imagine someone in the US knows where it is, too many dang spy satellites to not know where it is.


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User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5075 times:

I imagined it had crashed in the sea since I never heard anything again.

However having read the link on reply 5, the plane is now wearing another reg, has been resprayed.. and this is in Africa so... perhaps some people might have seen it but will be hard to prove it was the missing aircraft.


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4981 times:

Yes, I suspected that it was the crashed one in Togo, but it seem like it wasn´t. Still think Lebanese dealers got it, lot of questionable aircrafts in
Africa, perhaps this one was used as parts to fix some aircraft standing
in DRC?
The US citizen that presumed to have flewn it from Angola is still missing?


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12339 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4970 times:
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The FBI feared the B727 was stolen, with the American pilot for terrirost acts, which resulted in a world wide search, every airport was notifed, but the B727 was never found

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4963 times:

Thats odd.Difficult to trace a lost B727.Unless its not existing anymore.
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MEL



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12339 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4929 times:
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Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 10):
Thats odd.Difficult to trace a lost B727.Unless its not existing anymore.

If its always changing its rego then it can prove hard. If its always changing its rego after it has been found then its obvious its in the wrong hands


User currently offlineLatinAviation From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1279 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4283 times:

Addition information can be found here:
http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthr...9c7d7&threadid=91406&highlight=727


User currently offlineDAYflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4214 times:

Weird situation. No mention of the pilot in any of this. This story made USA Today (I think) about a year or so ago. Ne mention of anyone ever finding it again, but if it has a paint job and a new reg, anything could happen.

I agree with the comment that if they keep re-reg'ing it, that could spell real trouble down the road.



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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4116 times:

Hey guys!

Any airplane can actually be lost in Africa and them come back latter on! That reminds me that in mid 90's I was in OGMA at Alverca doing a study and suddenly we arrived to an hangar to look to an airplane that was inside, it was Congo/Brazzaville government 727 that was parked waiting to pay the debts they had!!!
regards


User currently offlineCBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1572 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3747 times:

Hmm...Very interesting Thanks for all of your posts. I wonder if they will ever find out what truly happened too it. If anyone finds more info, please keep us posted!


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