Desmidus
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The 727 That Was Stolen In Angola Back In 2003?

Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:26 am

Have any of you heard anything new about the whereabouts of this plane or what happened to it and the American flight engineer who disappeared with it?

The last thing I read was about this was an article in late 2004 which basically restated the fact that nobody knows what happened to the plane:

http://www.sptimes.com/2004/10/24/Wo...nation/Out_of_Africa__into_t.shtml

There were a bunch of rumors of it showing up in Lebanon and elsewhere with a changed registration, but as far as I know nothing came of these leads.

So, does anyone know anything else?
 
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RE: The 727 That Was Stolen In Angola Back In 2003?

Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:33 am

Nothing, many thought it was the crashed one in Togo (myself included), but it seem like it was
another plane...
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RE: The 727 That Was Stolen In Angola Back In 2003?

Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:42 am

I remmeebr the threads having to do with this and almost forgot all about it.
Alesandro is right. It was thought that the aircraft crashed of the coast of West Africa after being re-registered in Guinea and operated by Union des Transports Africains.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2...4-01-03-angola-benin-mystery_x.htm

A bit more detail:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3861595

From what I can remember, the whole episode turned out to be a business dispute gone awry, and not anything terrorist related as feared by the U.S. Govt.

All very mysterious.
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RE: The 727 That Was Stolen In Angola Back In 2003?

Tue Jun 28, 2005 9:01 am

The missing one is ex-N844AA.

The crashed one is ex-N862AA.
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RE: The 727 That Was Stolen In Angola Back In 2003?

Tue Jun 28, 2005 9:08 am

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 3):
The missing one is ex-N844AA.

this is the plane in question


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N844AA Ex-American Airlines 727's, one of two at OPF being converted for use by IRS Airlines in Africa. This one was stolen from Luanda, Angola on May 25, 2003. This is the last known photo of this aircraft.
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RE: The 727 That Was Stolen In Angola Back In 2003?

Tue Jun 28, 2005 9:10 am

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 3):
The crashed one is ex-N862AA.


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 camera  description: N862AA (cn 21089/1263) Ex-American, with USAir Metrojet 737-200 in the background. This 727, while flying for Union des Transports Aériens de Guinée (registered 3X-GDM), crashed in Cotonou, Benin on Dec. 25, 2003.

Pretty confusing but this is clear?
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