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Siai-Marchetti SF.260 (116)


Date: 09/1979

Location: -/EBGB

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: this factory fresh Marchetti was on September 30 1968 registered to Sabena and arrived at Brussels Airport a few weeks later, namely on October 11. It was delivered in the colors of the former Belgian flag carrier with on the right hand side "Burgerlijke Luchtvaart School" titles (depicted such) and left hand side "Ecole d'Aviation Civile" titles.  On December 23 1971 ownership changed to the Belgian State, department Ministry of Communications, for Ecole d’Aviation Civile / Burgerlijke Luchtvaartschool (founded in May 1952) but Sabena continued the operations and it was based at Grimbergen airfield. On October 8 1980 it was damaged beyond repair on a forced landing when it hit a tree and a Cessna (OO-KWE) when it encountered engine troubles on approach Grimbergen airfield. It was cancelled from the register later that year on December 30. The following year it was sold to A.S.P.E. and in later years rebuild re-entering the register with the same registration on October 3 1985. This was for test flight purpose only as in 1986 it was sold to the Burkina Faso Air Force as "BF8431", much later on January 19 1995 being cancelled again from the register.


Belgian register