Fokkernews July 2022 (issue 55)

General news

The new Fly All Ways nonstop route from Georgetown to Havana will be flown with a leased Airbus A320, so no F70 flights to Cuba.
Now the airport of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea, is completely renovated, Air Niugini will serve the destination as of 1 August 2022 using F70 instead of Dash-8 equipment.

Fokker F27, Fokker 50 & Fokker 60

c/n type registration new registration comment
10326 400 PT-LAI TAM. In a very late register deadwood cleanup, the registration was cancelled 12 May 2022. However, after its service with TAM the aircraft returned to Fokker in 1994 as PH-FKW, stored in Mena, USA and broken up in 1998. It was marked as PT-LAI all those years.
10558 500 G-BNCY Air UK. In July 2022 the nose section of this Friendship was moved to the Morayvia museum at Kinloss (Scotland). It came from Belladrum, Beauly, where it had been since 2016 for a rock festival, painted grey. It is now an empty shell with still some switch panels in, it is painted yellow and has a Royal Mail sticker applied.
10641 500RF 3C-QRZ Trygon Ltd. This former Eagle Air Friendship (then 5H-HSE) was intended to become RP-C588 with Laoag International in 2002, but the deal fell through and the airframe was stored, first at Bangkok, later at Subang airport. At an unknown date is was transferred to the Kolej Tafe (Technical School) at Seremban, Malaysia as an instructional airframe. It is marked 'KTS-5227'.
20110 050 5Y-SKN Air Kasaï (Congo Democratic Republic) took its single F50 in service on 4 July 2022, on lease from Skyward International.
528 227B PT-LBF TABA. Registration cancelled 12 May 2022, despite the aircraft was scrapped already around 2002.
539 227B PT-LBG TABA. Registration cancelled 12 May 2022, although the aircraft was already scrapped around 2004.

Fokker F28, Fokker 70 & Fokker 100

c/n type registration new registration comment
11296 100 EP-ATC Iran Aseman Airlines. Last flight from Tehran to Mashad 26 February 2022 as EP600 and put in storage.
11394 100 EP-CFM Iran Air. Last service 11 January 2022 and stored.
11444 100 EP-FQF Qeshm Air. Last revenue flight Kermanshah to Tehran 20 July 2021 as QB1290 and stored.
11458 100 VH-NHF Network Aviation (Qantas Link). Maintenance in Seletar from 2 April to 8 May 2022 and now back in service.
11483 100 VH-UQB Alliance Airlines. On 1 July 2022, football charter flight QQ557 en route from Perth to Melbourne experienced vibrations. The crew descended from FL320 to FL170 and shut off the left-hand engine. The aircraft safely landed at Melbourne about 50 minutes after the event. An official investigation has started.
11513 100 EP-ASQ Iran Aseman Airlines. Last service 8 March 2021 and put in storage.
11521 070 VH-JFB Alliance Airlines. Was temporarily stored at Brisbane from 21 January to 17 April 2022 and is active again.
11523 100 EP-AST Iran Aseman Airlines. Last service 4 April 2021 and stored.
11529 070 VH-NUO Alliance Airlines. Temporarily stored at Perth from 13 March to 8 July 2022 and actively flying since.
11547 070 VH-KBX Alliance Airlines. Noted at Brisbane 16 May 2022 with all windows taped off for long-term storage.
11559 070 TL-AET Salaam Air Express. Noted parked at Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta 13 April 2022, reportedly as ZS-SKA. Needs confirmation.
11565 070 VH-QQV Alliance Airlines. Stored at Perth 11 November 2021 after last service from Kalgoorlie as QQ6301.
11570 070 PZ-TFB Fly All Ways. Supposedly parked at Paramaribo since 13 April 2022. Seen there 28 June 2022 making a local testflight.
11585 070 PJ-JAB Jetair Caribbean. Made inaugural flight from Curaçao to Paramaribo on 5 April 2022.

F27 OY-BVH (10200) served only three years with it last operator Business Flight, before being withdrawn from use in 1991. In 1996 it was trucked from Roskilde to Copenhagen as an evacuation training object for the airport fire brigade. It is there now for over 25 years, sitting in the dump area. (Dirk Grothe on Flickr; Copenhagen, 3 June 2022)

 

The Queensland Air Museum has one F27 in its collection, VH-FNQ (10315). Until recently it had the basic West Australian livery, and it is now in the process of getting full Ansett colors. Historically this is more correct as the aircraft started its flying career back in 1966 with Ansett Airlines. In the meantime it is in dark primer, awaiting availability of the painter. (Merv Crowe; Caloundra, 12 July 2022)

 

One of the last operational Friendships, F27-500 5Y-CCE (10370) experienced a serious accident on 24 June 2022. The aircraft, which we believe is owned by Fly2Cargo and operating for a hitherto unknown South Sudanese company called Icon Aviation, failed to gain height after take-off from Juba airport in South Sudan. Reportedly the flaps were not deployed for reasons still unknown and the undercarriage was retracted very soon, so that a belly landing was necessary when it failed to climb. It skidded off the runway and came to a halt at the very end, with the front half in the grass. The three crew remained unhurt and there were no passengers. Damage to the aircraft was substantial, so in the end it might be a write-off. (Radio Tamazuj; Juba, 24 June 2022)

 

Icon Aviation Ltd. lost a second Fokker within a couple of weeks (see 5Y-CCE above). F50 5Y-JSN (20125) was flying for the United Nations on a humanitarian cargo flight when it experienced a runway excursion on landing at Rubkona airport, in the very north of South Sudan, on 16 July 2022. Reportedly an engine failure and/or blown tire caused the accident. The aircraft came to a halt on a small dike behind the runway. The three crew were unhurt, the aircraft is substantially damaged. (Transponder1200 on Facebook; Rubkona 16 July 2022)

 

Another Fokker accident happened on 18 July 2022 in Somalia. F50 5Y-JXN (20239) crashed on runway 05, while landing with tailwind after a flight from Baidoa on 18 July 2022. Tailwind landings on runway 05 are obligatory at Mogadishu airport, because of safety reasons. The aircraft left the runway, the left wing broke off and the F50 ended up in inverted position next to the runway. Miraculously, all 36 passengers and crew escaped unhurt. After evacuation the wreck caught fire, which could rapidly be extinguished. The F50 still carried the livery of Jubba Airways, but this airline ceased operations one month ago and the aircraft returned to Skyward International; therefore the actual operator remains to be established. (Aviation Herald; Mogadishu, 18 July 2022)

 

The small Comorian airline R’Komor, that until now operated a single Embraer 120, has added a first F50 to the fleet. The aircraft is all white, registered in Lesotho as 7P-ALI, and its identity is still unknown. It is operating the inter-island service between Moheli and Anjouan airports.  (Lemohelien; Hahaya airport, 4 July 2022)

 

In the current summer season, Carpatair F100 YR-FKB (11369), is based in Riga and operating flights for Air Baltic. Unfortunately, this is not visible on the aircraft, it just carries the standard Carpatair livery. (André Alders; Helsinki, 14 June 2022)

 

Credits

All photographers named above, Air-Britain News, Aviation Herald, Aviation Safety Network, Aviator.aero, CH-Aviation, Merv Crowe, FlightAware, Jan Homma, Greg Hyde, Luchtvaartnieuws.nl, Smart Aviation Asia-Pacific, Steve Martin at Air-Britain, Mads Oyen, Skyliner.

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