|Quoting CV990 (Reply 6):|
Just to clear out a bit, TAAG from Angola have been using their 737-200's with gravel kits since at least 32 years ago!!! Take a look to this photo of D2-TAA ready to be delivered to TAAG in 1975!!!
Well, maybe not that exact airplane, since it only served in the TAAG fleet for 5 years before crashing in November 1980.
At first it was thought the aircraft could be saved after landing short and having the landing gear fail off the runway at BUG
- Benguela, Angola.
The major damage was confined to a fire in the right engine and wing.
TAAG fully intended for this aircraft to return to service, but the recovery crew destroyed the aircraft beyond economical repair during the removal process, rendering it a Write-Off.
I'll bet the insurance company made out like bandits though....since it was just a 5 year old frame, virtually everything beyond the right gear/wing/engine could be stripped off and sold, the sum of the parts here being worth more than the whole.