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Old 29th May 2003, 04:28   #1 (permalink)
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727 stolen from Angola

Plane disappears after take-off

Good God, whatever next!
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Old 29th May 2003, 04:47   #2 (permalink)
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Come to Southend and there are a number of 727's laying around
(ex Couger , ex TNT etc ).
Take one or two of these and nobody would notice.
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Old 29th May 2003, 05:02   #3 (permalink)

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Can you imagine having to report it... "Well officer, I just nipped in the terminal to buy a packet of fags and when I came out, it was gone"
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Old 29th May 2003, 05:05   #4 (permalink)
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In some quarters, this might just be called 'repossession of equipment'.
Been done before, with good reason.
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Old 29th May 2003, 06:26   #5 (permalink)
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I know all about it 411A !

Someone stole my Silver Phyllis from Panama´s Tocumen Airport back in 1974 !!
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Old 29th May 2003, 09:11   #6 (permalink)
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Had to laugh:


"A witness to the plane's departure on Sunday, airport employee Luis Lopes, said he saw a white man start the empty plane and then take off after a few dangerous land manoeuvres."

Can picture him laying a few straps, cutting corners and getting the back end out while ripping her onto the active!

Must have had a fair idea on what he was doing but - can't say it'd be the same as hotwiring a Hyundai Excel.


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Old 29th May 2003, 17:21   #7 (permalink)
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Only one lousy 727 stolen ??

That´s nothing yet ! In Switzerland a whole airline was stolen/hijacked from it´s rightfull owners....
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Old 29th May 2003, 21:12   #8 (permalink)
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Been waiting for this.....

It happened on Sunday night, and we were waiting for the international press to get hold of this one.

The 727 is an ex AA one that has been here for a year now.

Story from the guys on the ram is that it fired up and taxied, no lights, no calls (not that that tower answers you on a good day anyway) and made for 23 in the dark.

As it happens a ruski of some type was finals for 05 so they did a quick turn in the run up bay and back tracked 25 as what was described as very quick and then departed 25 dissapearing into the dark

We laughed well after that, I wonder if there flight had been dispatched.

So if anyone else in West Africa sees a Sliver 727 with Blue and White stripes. Take cash for gas and wave as they depart.

Think of the "poor" officals who missed their cut of this departure
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Old 29th May 2003, 21:46   #9 (permalink)
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Great news.

The buzz in the States is that the terrorists will aquire (buy, rent, steal) an aircraft or two and load them with explosives for another building attack. There is even a story that they might start up a legitimate part 121 freight operation and field it with anglos for awhile to avoid scrutiny. Then one day, they load the explosives and....

I hope to hell they find this aircraft and disable it --and all others just sitting around. Otherwise, Europe will suffer what we in the States have gone through the past two years.

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Old 29th May 2003, 21:56   #10 (permalink)
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I dont think they would get too far before being intercepted and there arnt too many places within a B727's duration that you could base this sort of "start up" operation without being investigated......well i hope not anyway.

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Old 29th May 2003, 22:19   #11 (permalink)
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If I'm not mistaken, that is the aircraft that we ferried from MIA to Luanda for a man known as Keith Irwin out of Jo- Burg. It was an Ex AA pax B-727. That aircraft is a full blown fuel hauler and if in the wrong hands could be a serious threat however, I would guess at this point it was just the repo man claiming his property. Keith Irwin brought a crew of six over from the states to operate this aircraft and after two months on the project, the crew left without collecting a single pay check. He also owed several other people lots of money and may have got in trouble for buying a HOT HF radio, stolen from the Angolan military and they may have had something to do with seizing the aircraft originally. Who knows.
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Old 29th May 2003, 23:20   #12 (permalink)
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Ah! Africa don't you just love the place
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Old 30th May 2003, 00:29   #13 (permalink)
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Nice trick, cranking up and flying a 727 by yourself. I guess he must have been current on the panel!
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Old 30th May 2003, 02:13   #14 (permalink)
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Now there's a bad name to remember, Keith Irwin. I worked for him out of Lanseria flying his Baron 58 (ZS-IB#) for a company called Select Air back in 1989, and never really got paid. My salary cheque bounced a few times, even a few times on the same day after being assured that all is OK.

I am surprised that the Angolans didn't send up a Mig or two, mind you their B737's could do a good job of taking planes out of the sky, they almost took out Cessna 402 in Namibia.
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Old 30th May 2003, 08:23   #15 (permalink)
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Keith Irwin

Yup, The Bastard got me for about $14,000 USD and the rest of the guys for as much and more!!!!!! I only wish that it was him that stole the airplane from Luanda and got blown out of the sky. It would be a shame though, it was a nice airplane. Come to think of it he wouldn't know the first thing about flying a 72.
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Old 30th May 2003, 16:34   #16 (permalink)
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Someone stole a 727?

Am I missing something - but did someone leave the keys in the ignition or something? Or was he adept enough to hotwire it?
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Old 30th May 2003, 17:06   #17 (permalink)
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Could you explain the joke a bit more? A B727 with ignition key?

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Old 30th May 2003, 17:20   #18 (permalink)
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Cpt 104:

check 450`s profile .... and you know why !!
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Old 30th May 2003, 18:06   #19 (permalink)
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Cor' some people don't spot a wind up when they see one...I'll add a warning next time.
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Old 30th May 2003, 22:28   #20 (permalink)

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Hey, it’s easy to fly a 72 solo. Just put a Coke machine in the right seat and give me a long stick with some bubble gum on the end to run the engineer’s panel and tell me where ya want to go.

No problems!

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