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20 Feared Dead In Suriname Plane Crash

According to the first news 20 people including two pilots – one of them a woman died in a serious accident in Suriname, South America.

The plane was about to land in Benzdorp – that is famous for gold mining – when during approach they noticed another plane on the runway. they immediately started a maneuver to take off again, but the plane flew too low by that time and it could not gain enough power, hit a tree and exploded mid-air. Miners and local villagers rushed to the crash scene to rescue possible survivors.

“Probably there are no survivors” – said John Veira, head of local National Aviation Department. “we received information on the crash around 11 local time. The plane was supposed to land at 11.00 am, but plunged into a forest” – he added.

The Antonov-28 aircraft belonged to Suriname’s Blue Wing Airlines. It took off from Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname.

Blue Wing AirlinesThe airline was founded in 2004 and it operates flights from its hub Paramaribo to some Caribbean destinations. It was on the list of airlines banned from the EU, butit was removed on November 28, 2007. Its fleet consists of 4 Antonov-28s. The airline’s website is available in English and Dutch. Its design somewhat resembles KLM’s with the same blue corporate color and a swan in their logo. The website show no information about the crash at the moment.

By Szafi


Mriya, The Supersize Cargo Plane

On 19 Jan 2008 Budapest had a very special visitor, the most giant airplane, the AN 225 aka Mriya. Its name means Dream in Ukrainian and as the history of the plane shows, it has always remained the dream project of the Antonov Factory. The super cargo plane came to Budapest for some instruments used to forecast earthquakes.

With its maximum take-off weight (640 tons) at the moment this is the heaviest plane of the world. It can deliver 250 tons of useful cargo weight, which is 100 tons more than the most modern giant plane, the A380. After its maiden flight 21 Dec 1988, it set more records in the history of aviation.

Mriya was originally planned to support the Buran orbiter program by transporting the orbiter when needed. As the Soviet Union was over, the orbiter program was stopped and no more AN 225s were needed. Therefore this is the only airworthy Mriya in the world.


General characteristics

* Crew: 6
* Payload: 250,000 kg (550,000 lb)
* Door dimensions: 440 x 640 cm (14.4 x 21.0 ft)
* Length: 84 m (275.6 ft)
* Wingspan: 88.40 m (290 ft 2 in)
* Height: 18.1 m (59.3 ft)
* Wing area: 905.0 m² (9,743.7 ft²)
* Empty weight: 175,000 kg (385,800 lb)
* Max takeoff weight: 600,000 kg (1,322,773 lb)
* Powerplant: 6× ZMKB Progress D-18 turbofans, 229 kN (51,600 lbf) each
* Takeoff run: 3,500 m (11,500 ft) with maximum payload


* Maximum speed: 850 km/h (460 knots, 530 mph)
* Cruise speed: 750 km/h (400 knots, 465 mph)
* Range:

o With maximum fuel: 14,000 km (8,700 mi)

o With maximum payload: 4,000 km (2,500 mi)

* Service ceiling 10,000 m (33,000 ft)
* Wing loading: 662.9 kg/m² (135.5 lb/ft²)
* Thrust/weight: 0.234
Check out the nice pictures taken by a friend of ours, Viktor Laszlo.


By Szafi

Plane Crashes in Kinshasa Congo Killing Many

A Russian-made cargo plane with 17 people on board crashed and exploded on Thursday in a teeming neighbourhood of Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, killing many people, officials and witnesses said.

The Antonov aircraft belonging to Congolese airline Africa 1 came down on several shacks in the Kingasani neighbourhood near Ndjili international airport, the sources said.

“There were 17 people on board,” said airport protocol official Jean-Claude Bakongo. A major explosion followed the crash, he said. “I saw it fall in the Kingasani neighbourhood.”

Another airport security official who went to the crash site told Reuters fire fighters had struggled to reach the wreckage in the shanty town.

“There are at least four houses burning, the airplane is burning … There’s a lot of smoke and flames, everybody in the houses must be dead,” he said.

A spokesman for the 17,000-strong United Nations mission in Congo (MONUC), the largest in the world, said it had dispatched a rescue team and firefighters to the scene of the accident.

“There are casualties, many dead, but I don’t have any specifics,” said Major Gabriel De Brosses.

Air travel is notoriously dangerous in Congo. In 1996, at least 350 people died when a Russian-built Antonov-32 cargo plane crashed into a crowded market in central Kinshasa.

Ageing planes suffer from a lack of maintenance and spare parts but they are often the only way to transport people and goods across the vast central African country that is slowly recovering from a 1998-2003 civil war.

Eight people were killed in early September when a cargo plane overshot the runway and caught fire while landing in the eastern Congolese town of Goma.

Congo, a country the size of West Europe with only a few hundred kilometres (miles) of paved roads, has one of Africa’s worst air safety records and was dubbed an “embarrassment” by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) last year.

Africa 1 is on the European Union’s airline blacklist. All airlines certified by Democratic Republic of Congo authorities — except for Hewa Bora Airways — are banned from the EU. (Additional reporting by Lubunga Bya’Ombe in Kinshasa and Finbarr O’Reilly in Dakar)

Source: Reuters

By Szafi 

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