ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13695 posts, RR: 17 Posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 31592 times:
I was looking at another website (about cars) I go to and noted a posting about a book on the Mediterranean. With this post was a picture of an abandoned commercial a/c, possibly a 727 or BAC-111 at a long closed airport in the divided Cyprus. I didn't find this a/c in the photo database here, although there are about 72 photos of abandoned, or formally abandoned aircraft, only about a third of them as to abandoned commercial aircraft, with most of them in places like Russia and countries in Africa. I am interested in those where the airport was closed down where the a/c was un-flyable, abandoned due to non-payment of fees or leases, abandoned purchases, political disputes (as apparently in the a/c I cited) and criminal seizures.
mestrugo From Chile, joined Apr 2007, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 31533 times:
That's got to be the Trident abandoned at Nicosia airport. The airport has been on a UN-mandated 'buffer zone' since 1974. Nobody can get close to that zone except UN workers and authroized personnel. Hence why the plane is in such exceptional state even if it's been sitting there for 37 years.
trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3290 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 31519 times:
The airport you refer to is Nicosia Airport in Cyprus, which was forced to close as a result of the 1974 Turkish invasion. The stranded and now badly stripped plane that remained is a Cyprus Airways Hawker Siddeley Trident. Another one was destroyed at the time of invasion. The Cypriot Government soon developed Larnaca Airport afterwards. Nicosia Airport lies in the UN Buffer Zone between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and has never reopened.
RG787 From Brazil, joined Nov 2010, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 31256 times:
There are quite some planes in those situations, in a recent thread here someone asked about two Iraq's government 747 (one -200 and one SP) "stored" somewhere in Africa due to the gulf war. It was also mentioned in that thread that some other aircrafts from Iraq were moved to other airports, some of them going to Iran and after years sitting on the airport were put back in the sky.
In Brazil there are also lots of ex-VASP aircrafts that are abandoned all over the country, due to high debts still on the justice. Also, when a airline closes or stop its operations, it's common for their aircrafts to be seised on various airports not only because of the non payment of fees of the airport but also any other debt the airline may have.
I'm sure there are lots of other examples, and probably a lot of people pass over those frames everyday and ask what they are doing there. Nice thread!
brenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1882 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 30677 times:
There's an ancient Grand Air 737-200 that's been impounded by the authorities at TPE. It's sitting on one side of the airport next to the "domestic terminal" of the airport -- easily visible from the freeway.
I've noticed that it's had some parts removed recently ... but overall it's just quietly rotting away.
There's also an A300 (AB4) there -- not sure what the history of that aircraft is.
LVTMB From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 23241 times:
On recent trips to Brazil I noticed several derelict airframes at GRU/SBGR, at BSB/SBBR and at some other location I don't remember right now. They are 737s, 727s and even 762s belonging to defunct airlines such as VASP, Trans-Brasil and the old Varig.
Also, in Mexico, at MTY/MMMY, there were some old Aviateca airframes. IIRC, there are some at MEX/MMMX as well.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 28152 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 18718 times:
Quoting AA777223 (Reply 21): Quoting goblin211 (Reply 18):
What about the 747sp at the Top Gear track, for those of tyou who watch top gear.
Quoting garpd (Reply 19):
That's not an SP. It's either a 200 or 100 model. I think the former.
I'm pretty sure it's a 200. It was the aircraft featured in Casino Royale.
It began life in 1980 as G-BDXJ with BA. Then operated with a couple of charter carriers after BA retired it in 2002.