VH-EWU. Fokker F.27-5293F. c/n 10627.


Entered onto Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-EXL - November 18, 1981

Registered to Fokker BV

First flown as PH-EXL - February 17, 1982

Aircraft was intended for Air Zaire and later Air Sinai but was not taken up

Stored at Ombouw, Ypenburg

Sold to East West Airlines - 1983

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EWU - September 23, 1983

Registered to East West Airlines (Operations) Ltd

Cancelled from Dutch Aircraft Register - September 21, 1983

Accepted by East West At Schiphol - September 28, 1983

Departed Schiphol on delivery flight to Australia - September 28, 1983

Arrived Tamworth at conclusion of delivery flight - October 6, 1983

Flight crew: Capts P. Bird; F/O Norman, J. McCosker; F/E Fumeaux

Aircraft was named 'City of Albury'

Operated first revenue service - October 11, 1983

Withdrawn from service and stored Tamworth - April 11, 1989

Leased to Air Niugini - May 26 to August 15, 1989

Leased to Spirit Air - October 4 to December 11, 1989

Sold to Walker Aviation Leasing - October 1990

Departed Tamworth on delivery flight to England - October 29, 1990

Registered to Walker Aviation Leasing Ltd, Jersey - October 30, 1990

Arrived Exeter at conclusion of delivery flight - November 4, 1990

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - November 14, 1990

Entered onto U.K. Aircraft Register as G-JEAD - November 14, 1990

Registered to Walker Aviation Leasing Ltd, Jersey

Leased to Jersey European

Operated first revenue service Exeter-Guernsey - November 27, 1990

Sold to Jersey European

Leased to BAC Express - August 1, 1997 to April 1999

Aircraft was named 'Midland Trader'

Leased to BAC Express Airlines - late 1999

Sold to BAC Leasing with continued lease to BAC Express - March 31, 2000

Registered to BAC Group Ltd - April 13, 2000

Withdrawn from use and stored at Toulouse - February 17, 2001

Re-entered service with BAC Express & used for night freight operations - March 2003

Leased to Air Contractors (Ireland) Ltd - February 2004

Withdrawn from service after operating service from Guernsey - July 19, 2005

Returned to BAC Leasing and stored at Southend-On-Sea and offered for sale

Ferried Southend-Edinburgh for storage - October 14, 2005

Sold to MiniLiner s.r.l., Italy - November 2006

Delivered to MiniLiner - November 20, 2006

Entered onto the Italian Aircraft Register as I-FWXB

Ferried to Nairobi - November 2007

Entered onto Kenyan Aircraft Register as 5Y-BVF

Registered to Five Forty Aviation Ltd, Nairobi, Kenya

Aircraft destroyed when it crashed some 50 km southwest of Mogadishu, Somalia - August 13, 2008

Engaged in freight service to K-50 Airport carrying 5.4 tonnes of khat from Nairobi, Kenya

K-50 Airport is the replacement airport for Mogadishu Aden Adde International

Aircraft struck a telecommunications tower some 2 km from the airport in poor visibility

Pilot had been advised not to land due poor visibily

Three crew members on board were killed


VH-EWU. East West - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, October 1983.

VH-EWU. East West - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, January 1985.

VH-EWU. East West - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, January 1986.

VH-EWU. East West - in the final livery at Canberra Airport, March 1988.

VH-EWU. East West - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, April 1989.

VH-EWU. East West - in the basic livery without titles at Tamworth Airport, September 1990.

G-JEAD. Jersey European - in the full livery at unknown airport, June 1991.

G-JEAD. Jersey European - in the full livery at unknown airport, July 1991.

G-JEAD. BAC Express - in the full livery at unknown airport, April 2000.

G-JEAD. BAC Express - in the full livery at unknown airport, June 2002.