* The airline was denied registration in Lebanon....
Lebanon has always had tough safety requirements.
Since they never were able to get the plane registered in Lebanon, they registered it in Guinea and immediately applied to for authority to fly to Lebanon.
They tried 3 or 4 times in the beginning and flunked the safety inspection each time. On the 4th or 5th time, they *somehow* were able to present sufficient safety procedures. They also apparantly *fixed* up some of the problems the 727 had.
I guess they did it just for the safety inspection, then returned to being a poor, cheap airline with poor safety procedures.
As a result of this accident, Lebanon has made its safety requirements even stricter and does thorough inspections on "suspicious" airlines more often now.
4 charter airlines were banned from Lebanese airspace.
They pulled TMA's operating certificate simply because they flew 707s. Even though the two they operated were in good shape and were maintained well.
As a result, TMA is now grounded.
Here are two shots of the two 707s taken back in July before they were grounded:
In the old cucumber colors from Braniff:
The other 707 in the new colors.
I'm not an expert, but I've been told the new safety regulations are a bit excessive because there was nothing wrong with TMA's 707s. I heard they were in very good condition and were taken well care of. They were simply grounded because they were 707s....
[Edited 2004-03-30 05:54:22]
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