VH-IPA. Hawker Siddeley 748-2B-360LFD. c/n 1772-249.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Air Madagascar - ?

Built by Hawker Siddeley Aviation at Woodford - 1979

First flown as '5A-MJA' - December 03, 1979

Entered onto the Madagascan Aircraft Register as 5A-MJA - ?

Accepted by Air Madagascar at Woodford - January 04, 1976

The aircraft was upgraded to an HS-748-2B-360 standard after delivery

The aircraft was named 'Kandreho'

It was leased to Sociedade Acoreana de Transportes Aereos (SATA) - June 21, 1986

Returned to Air Madagascar on termination of the lease - September 14, 1986

Leased to Air Reunion - January 08, 1988

Returned to Air Madagascar on termination of the lease - February 11, 1988

It was leased to Sociedade Acoreana de Transportes Aereos (SATA) - June 23, 1988

Returned to Air Madagascar on termination of the lease - September 13, 1988

It was withdrawn from service and stored - May 28, 1999

Sold to International Air Parts Pty Ltd for lease to Horizon Airlines Pty Ltd - July 2001

Arrived Sydney (Bankstown) on completion of the ferry flight from Madagascar - October 17, 2001

Ferry route: Antananarivo - Mahe - Male - Padang - Broome - Alice Springs - Sydney

Cancelled from the Madgascar Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-IPA - November 21, 2001

Registered to International Air Parts Pty Ltd

Leased to Horizon Airlines, Sydney as the registered operator

It was intended to convert this aircraft to an all-cargo configuration but it was abandoned and it did not enter service

Horizon Airlines was placed in Administration due to financial difficulties - October 14, 2003

Operated final Australian air Express service Brisbane - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as XM7024 - October 24, 2003

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Sydney (Bankstown) for storage - October 24, 2003

The aircraft was placed in open storage at Sydney (Bankstown)

Registered to IAP Group Australia Pty Ltd - April 06, 2005

Observed at Sydney (Bankstown) in basic white livery with twin red cheat lines - December 2005

Test flown Sydney (Bankstown) - Sydney (Bankstown) - June 26, 2006

Sold to Trackmark Cargo Ltd, Kenya - 2006

Departed Sydney (Bankstown) on the ferry flight to South Africa - July 28, 2006

Arrived Nairobi on completion of the ferry flight - August 04, 2006

Ferry route: Sydney - Alice Springs - Port Headland - Cocos Island - Colombo - Male - Seychelles - Mombasa

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 14, 2006

Entered onto the Kenyan Aircraft Register as 5Y-TCO - August 14, 2006

Withdrawn at Goma and stored following an abortive sale - ?

Ferried Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta) - Nairobi (Wilson) for storage - September 29, 2008

Sold to Safe Air Company Kenya Ltd (SAC) - September 17, 2009

Ferried Nairobi (Wilson) - Juba (Sudan) for operations around Sudan - November 2009

The aircraft was damaged whilst landing at Nairobi (Wilson) - December 2010

During the flight from Wajir - Nairobi (Wilson) the starboard engine suffered a loss of oil and seized

During the landing roll at Nairobi (Wilson) all four mainwheels burst causing airframe damage

The aircraft was placed in open storage pending an insurance assessment

It was subsequently repaired and returned to service - June 2012

The aircraft was returned to storage at Juba, South Sudan following engine damage - April 28, 2015

Whilst making a low pass over the Lankien Airstip after take-off the port propeller struck a tree

The successful recovery to Juba was made on one engine

It was observed operating at Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta) - June 24, 2016

It has been reported that the aircraft is currently up for sale - January 2017

Current status - ?

 

5R-MJA. Air Madagascar - 'Kandreho' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 1989.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0748-026.)

5R-MJA. Air Madagascar - 'Kandreho' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, October 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0748-110.)

5R-MJA. Air Madagascar - in the standard livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, November 2001.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0748-950.)

VH-IPA. Air Madagascar - in the basic livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, January 2004.

(C. Laugier Copyright Image 0748-111.)