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VS 747 Spotted Landing Into Casablanca - Why?  
User currently offlineidealstandard From France, joined Apr 2009, 410 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 11300 times:

I was driving north from Marrakech towards Casa on Sunday at about 2PM and a low flying VS747 caught my eye out of the window. It continued to descend and as the only large airport I was near was CMN, I presume it landed there.

I'm just curious to know why as I didn't realise that VS flew to Morocco?

Any tips/pointers much appreciated!

Thanks,

IS

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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6842 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10887 times:

Sure it was VS? Going through acars and flightaware, all their aircraft seem to be accounted for nowhere near Morocco at that time.


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10853 times:

Quoting idealstandard (Thread starter):
I'm just curious to know why as I didn't realise that VS flew to Morocco?

They don't, and it's a bit of an odd place for one to have ended up by accident. Could it have been RAM, or a cargo airline - I know there is at least one flying with a similar red tailed livery.


Dan  



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10563 times:

I know this is a very very very longshot... but it could have been a diversion. Though I do agree with with PlymSpotter about it being either RAM or a cargo airline because I couldn't and see any reason for VS being there at all.


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User currently offlineSevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10219 times:

There's an ex JAL B744 based somewhere in the Middle East that does Ad Hoc/Hadj charters.......its engines have been painted red, so from some angles it could easily be mistaken for a VS aircraft


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AFAIK no VS B744's made a stop in CMN, so this seems a more likely scenario (although admittedly just an educated guess)

Edited to include the only picture I could find of the offending aircraft!

[Edited 2011-04-27 13:18:29]


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User currently offlinelhr380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10083 times:

Quoting SevenHeavy (Reply 4):

Airliner world did a Hadj special, and it was this aircraft. I thought it was ex VS..


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10041 times:

This is the carrier I was thinking about in particular, although I thought the engines were also red which they are not:


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Dan  



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User currently offlineidealstandard From France, joined Apr 2009, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5925 times:

hmmm, i'm just almost certain it was VS. I'm sure I saw the logo on the tail and the fusealage wasn't white it was more of a silver...............

But another a.nutter has said they've checked the VS logs and none of their AC were there......

Hmmmmm.......almost sure it was VS!


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2468 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5223 times:

Marrakech would make sense, because Sir Richard Branson is running a beautiful hotel close to the city: http://www.kasbahtamadot.virgin.com/

But Casablanca? Maybe it was Pullmantur Air- bringing in some cruise ship passengers?


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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6842 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4673 times:

Quoting idealstandard (Reply 7):


The only widebody landing around that time, 13.45L, was a TK A343 from IST.

As for cargo, there don't seem to be many options.

Rayyan Air (not sure if this is a play on a certain other airline)


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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 6046 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4045 times:

Quoting oly720man (Reply 9):
Rayyan Air (not sure if this is a play on a certain other airline)

I think Rayyan is the name of owner or one of his family, its arabic name of a gate of Heaven, and not pronounced as Ryan.


User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6842 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3926 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 10):
and not pronounced as Ryan.

More like Ray - yan?



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User currently offlineidealstandard From France, joined Apr 2009, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2563 times:

Thanks for all your replies, I'd probably say looking at those pics that it was the Rayyan one - that is the most similar livery to VS.

IS


User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 6046 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

Quoting oly720man (Reply 11):

No its Raa-yaan, like Ra-Yarn.


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