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Airbus Industrie A340-211 (14)

 

 
Date: 29/07/1996

Location: AGP/LEMG

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: this A340 of Sabena arrived at Brussels on June 25 1996 after spending the previous three years with Air France + a brief lease to Lufthansa. Here depicted in the first (of two) color scheme(s) with additional "Flying together with Swissair" titles and a sticker of a Smurf cartoon.

Date: 29/08/1998

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: Mike Parsons

Description: on August 29 1998, it was victim of a landing accident at Brussels Airport. Credit to Mike Parsons, who was lucky to witness and capture the event on film, and was so kind to provide the material for showing on this site. Arrival on runway 25L of flight SN542 from New York, nothing seemed wrong.

Date: 29/08/1998

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: Mike Parsons

Description: collapse of the right main gear.

Date: 29/08/1998

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: Mike Parsons

Description: full breaks on and her right side scraping the runway. Notice the damage on right horizontal stabilizer and elevator.

Date: 29/08/1998

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: Mike Parsons

Description: airframe was steered by pilots to the right, into grass to avoid possible firework by further scraping.

Date: 29/08/1998

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: Mike Parsons

Description: escape slides out and all 265 occupants were safely evacuated.

Date: 13/08/1999

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: Skystef

Description: after been repaired by December 8 1998, the second color scheme was adopted. Between March and May 2000 it wore additional dark blue Khalifa titles promoting a possible sale to the Lybian carrier, but this action was blocked by the Belgian government. On June 23 2000 it was tempo stored at Chateauroux (all white and no titles), but returned on November 7 2000 in white colors but without the billboard titles. It remained active till the demise of Sabena on November 7 2001.

Date: 09/2000

Location: ORY/LFPO

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: between August 17 and September 15 2000, it was leased to AOM French Airlines in white colors but retaining the Belgian registration.

 

Belgian register