Hewa Bora Airways’ (Kinshasa) lone Boeing 727-30 registered 9Q-COP (msn 18933) while operating flight EO 952 from Kinshana N’Djili to Kisangani (Democratic Republic of Congo), missed Kisangani’s runway while attempting to land in heavy rain, reduced visibility and thunderstorms at 1500 local time (14:00Z) on July 8. Reports that 127 people died in the crash but the airline disputes this number. Reportedly 51 people have been rescued.
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Hewa Bora Airways’ (Kinshasa) crew operating McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) 9Q-COQ (msn 49176, ex N226AA) was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday (June 21) at Kinshasa after takeoff from the capital on a flight to Goma via Kisangani. The crew made an emergency landing off the runway after a tire was blown on takeoff. There were no reported injuries among the 101 passengers and crew on board. The airliner was severely damaged and is probably an insurance write off. It was formerly operated by American Airlines.
Copyright Photo: Sean Mowatt. 9Q-COW departs from Johannesburg.
Hewa Bora Airways (Kinshasa) in March started operating this ex-American Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) 9Q-COW (msn 49251, ex N236AA). The aircraft is actually operated for Hewa Bora by Executive Jet Services. 9Q-COW is actually one of four ex-AA DC-9-82s being added.
Hewa Bora Airways’ fleet is blacklisted from using European airspace. A company Lockheed L-1011-385-3 TriStar 500 and a Boeing 767-200 ER were the last aircraft accepted into European airspace. Hewa Bora was also the last airline that was allowed to operate from the Democratic Republic of the Congo into Europe.
Copyright Photo: Sean Mowatt. 9Q-COW departs from Johannesburg in a partial color scheme.
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RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah) was rumored to be going out of business after Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al-Qasimi said the new flag carrier “was no longer in service”. RAK Airways, which commenced scheduled services on November 29, 2007 with leased Boeing 757-200s, had recently ended scheduled services in late 2008. Today the company continues as a charter airline operating sub-service flights for Hewa Bora Airways. However the new CEO (Kristian Kirchheiner) who joined the team on May 18, is “exploring all opportunities”.