kaitak
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BBC Reporting Swiss Plane Crash In Libya!

Fri Jan 14, 2000 1:44 am

The BBC's Ceefax teletext service is reporting that "a Swiss owned aircraft with 41 on board has crashed into the sea off Libya. The Swiss air accident investigation bureau said the time and precise location were not yet known.

I checked the OAG guide and there is a Swissair flight to Tripoli today. SR 229 to ZRH was scheduled to leave TIP at 1715. It's showing as a 320, but with 41 on board, it could be a 319.
 
Amir
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RE: BBC Reporting Swiss Plane Crash In Libya!

Fri Jan 14, 2000 1:46 am

What i know is that SR is mostly flying the A319 to TIP.

 
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RE: BBC Reporting Swiss Plane Crash In Libya!

Fri Jan 14, 2000 1:49 am

Aircraft was lost at 1430 libyan time. It was owned by Avisto AG Charter.
 
Shamrock
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RE: BBC Reporting Swiss Plane Crash In Libya!

Fri Jan 14, 2000 1:49 am

NBC just reported it here in the United States but they are saying it was a charter, not a regularly scheduled flight.

Can anyone confirm if it was Swissair? God forbid they have another fatal crash in less than two years!
 
Amir
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RE: BBC Reporting Swiss Plane Crash In Libya!

Fri Jan 14, 2000 1:51 am

I don't think it's a SR flight, Nothing yet on CNN!
 
kaitak
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RE: Apologies - Not Swissair

Fri Jan 14, 2000 1:59 am

I've just been at PPRuNET; the aircraft was not in fact Swissair, but a private charter company called Avisto; it operates a Shorts 360 and a Fokker F28-2000. The latest report is 15 dead. The F28 is registered HB-AAS.

My apologies.
 
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RE: BBC Reporting Swiss Plane Crash In Libya!

Fri Jan 14, 2000 2:20 am

c The Associated Press


BERN, Switzerland (AP) - A Swiss-owned plane with 41 people aboard crashed in Libya today, officials said, adding there were reports of fatalities.

The plane, which belongs to the Avisto AG charter company, went down at 2:30 p.m. It was not immediately clear where the crash occurred.

An official of the Swiss Transportation Ministry said it had received unconfirmed reports that 15 people were killed.

The nationalities of the passengers was not immediately known, but the Swiss Foreign Ministry said it understood there were no Swiss among the victims.

A spokeswoman for the Swiss air accident investigation bureau, which confirmed the crash, said it would send an expert to Libya on Friday to investigate.

Air traffic officials said they had identified the plane as belonging to Avisto.

On Monday, a twin-engine airplane belonging to the Swiss regional airline Crossair crashed in a field shortly after leaving Zurich's main airport en route to Dresden, Germany, killing all 10 people aboard.

AP-NY-01-13-00 1152ESTA
 
OH-LGA
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RE: BBC Reporting Swiss Plane Crash In Libya!

Fri Jan 14, 2000 2:57 am

Here we go,

The BBC says that it went off about 1430 local time, the Shorts 360 that Avisto owned went of the coast of Libya. It was chartered by the Sirte Oil Company to transport workers between it's headquarters and it's various oil fields. Unconfirmed reports say there was 38 passengers, two pilots, and one flight attendant on board, and an estimated 15 people had been killed.

http://news.bbc.co.uk for the whole of the story.

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pilatus
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RE: Shorts 360

Fri Jan 14, 2000 3:12 am

A Shorts 360-300 from the Swiss company Avisto crashed off the coast of Lybia during the landing approach. The flight was from Tripolis to the Marsa Oil-field. There were 38 technicians and a crew of 3 on board.
Avisto doesn't fly any charters or sheduled flights, they are responsible for technical supports of a/c's and assistance in other technical subjects.
 
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Shorts 360

Fri Jan 14, 2000 3:18 am

Heard the shorts had both engines inoperative and attempted ditching, 15 unconfirmed casualties...
 
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RE: BBC Reporting Swiss Plane Crash In Libya!

Fri Jan 14, 2000 4:47 am

The aircraft involved must be HB-AAM (Sh.3763), the one-but final Shorts aircraft ever made, it was delivered new in sept. 1990 to Avisto. Of the 165 Sd.360s built, it's only the second fatal crash (the first one was a Philippine Airlines machine in 1987) so please no comments no wonder an old rattle-trap like this had to crash.
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Rumors About The Cause

Sat Jan 15, 2000 4:57 am

there are some rumors that the aircraft might not have had enough fuel or that the fuel was contamminated, given that loosing two engines at the same time has almost 0 probability....