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Boeing 707-329C (19211/518)


25/07/66 - Boeing Rolled out at Renton
17/08/66 OO-SJK Sabena Registered with Belgian CoA 1673
19/08/66 - - Made its first flight from Renton
30/08/66 - - Handed over and ferried to Brussels
31/08/66 - - Inaugurated Brussels-Athens-Dar Es Salaam service
00/00/66 - Air Congo Leased several short periods till early 1967 with Sabena colors and "Air Congo" titles
13/07/68 - - Crashed 8 miles from Lagos after a cargo flight from Brussels. Five crew and two pax were killed. Crew did consist of: captain Pol Taminiaux, co-pilot Jacques Ruwet, navigator Paul Deynckens, radio operator Charles Tytgat, flight engineer Robert Laroche, landing mechanic Marcel Vanhemelrijck and load master Marcel Verhulst. The reason why the aircraft descended below its minimum safe altitude has not been determined. Hypothesis is that it encountered bad weather, but several witnesses saw the plane burning before crashing. Latter report could feed the hypothesis that it might have been carrying weapons which caught fire during the Biafra-Nigerian War. TAT 6048 hrs
27/08/68 - - Canx from register

Following sources are greatly acknowledged.

Individual Aircraft History of the Boeing 707 (Buchair USA)
The Boeing 707-720 and C-135 (Air-Britain Publication)
Airliners in Belgium - BCARG special 1 Boeing 707 Intercontinental (Aviation Society of Antwerp vzw)
World Directory of Airliner Crashes (PSL)
Belgian Civil Aircraft since 1920 (MCP)
Chronique de l'Aviation  (JLIP)
Jet Airliner Production List (TAHS)
JP Airline Fleets (Buchair)
Sabena 70 jaar luchtvaartpionier
Magazines: Aviation Letter, Scramble, Luftfahrt Journal, Jetstream, Carnets de Vol, Onze/Notre Sabena
Various text and photo material to be found on the internet.

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