Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43 Posted (16 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3547 times:
Whatever happened to the infamous N73711? Was it fixed and put back into service, or was it used for fire drill training? Reason I'm asking is that planes involved in accidents seem to show up later, still in service. Anyone remember UAL's 747 where the cargo door ripped a nice chunk of fuselage off? That plane remained in service for many years, if it isn't still.
L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1727 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (16 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3433 times:
Yes, I would also like to know the tail number of the United 747. I'll be on one next Monday flying from HNL to SFO, and I'd like to know if I'm on that one. I know it was posted here a long time ago, but I don't know how to search for it. Thanks.
JumboTim From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (16 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3426 times:
According to the 747 Census that plane was re-registered by United as N4724U, but it is no longer with United. It is now owned by Air Dabia under the registration C5-FBS, however it is apparently "out of service."
Jet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (16 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3410 times:
What JumboTim said is right, Air Dabia was a Gambian airline that never got off the ground. I'm assuming the plane has just been abandoned.
It's normal for airlines to re-register planes that have been involved in serious accidents. The reason is obvious, if someone boarding the flight recognised the plane they may kick up a fuss and scare other passengers etc...