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STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2000. INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 868
SILVERTON 0127, SOUTH AFRICA
SOUTH AFRICA (REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1910. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE: AFRIKAANS, & ENGLISH. IT COVERS AN AREA OF 1.12M SQ KM. THE POPULATION IS 44M. THE CAPITAL IS PRETORIA. THE ACTING POLITICAL HEAD IS THABO MBEKI, PRESIDENT.
NOVEMBER 2000: 1 747-258C 7272-21190, /75 ZS-OOS), EX-EL AL (ELA). PLANS TO FLY CARGO TO OSTEND, BELGIUM, VIA A TECHNICAL STOP IN LIBREVILLE. RETURN FLIGHT VIA MUNICH. HAS CONTRACTS WITH PERISHABLE SHIPPERS IN SOUTH AFRICA, AND WILL CARRY FISH, FRUIT (MAINLY GRAPES), FLOWERS AND VEGETABLES. RETURN FLIGHTS WILL CARRY CAR PARTS FROM MUNICH, FOR LOCAL SOUTH AFRICAN AUTO MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY (3/WEEK).
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA) TECHNICAL, WILL MAINTAIN THE AIRPLANE.
AIRPLANE HAS NOSE CARGO DOOR BUT NO SIDE CARGO DOOR.
SEPTEMBER 2001: (http://www.hydroair.co.za).
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA) FINISHES "D" CHECK ON HYDRO AIR CARGO (HYR) 747F.
APRIL 2002: (TELPHONE: +27 (12) 804 3330). (FAX: +27 (12) 804 3366).
April 2003: 35 employees. SITA: JNBHACR.
Hydro Air Cargo (HYR) is a South African privately owned intercontinental air-freight operation. Operates between southern Africa and Belgium.
August 2003: Johannesburg - Lagos - Vitoria (2/week).
November 2003: INCDT: Its 747-258C (21190) was written-off (W/O) on landing at Lagos en route Johannesburg - Lagos - Vitoria. Reportedly, (ATC) cleared the airplane to land on a closed runway and the airplane broke up when it struck a ditch, which had been dug across the landing strip = 3 Flight Crew (FC) OK.
February 2004: Hydro Air Cargo (HYR) has sought judicial management (the equivalent of USA Chapter 11) following the write-off (W/O) of its sole airplane. Is suing the Nigerian Federal Airports Authority for 119R Million after an investigation found that both the airport authority and the air traffic controller (ATC) were to blame for leaving the lights on a closed runway and then giving clearance to the crew to land.