Boeing 727-223 N844AA (c/n
This Dash-200 727 was first delivered in May
of 1975 although this nice shot of it at IAD
(Washington, D.C. Dulles International Airport) by Dan Brownlee wasn't
taken until a quarter
century after that
event! Credit American Airlines that it still looked in
after all those years.
By that time N844AA had been converted to 727-200 Advanced status,
were most of their fleet. The livery as seen on the image above
became the standard for
American for many many
years. This particular aircraft was sold in 2001 to a somewhat
African company (IRS Airlines) and was then the subject of the
mysterious "missing 727"
fiasco in 2003. The
aircraft departed Luanda Airport in Angola at around 18.00 hrs on 25 May
2003 and has not been seen since. Conjecture was that it had been
kidnapped by terrorists for
possible attacks on the US.
Whatever, it probably crashed in the jungles of Equatorial Africa,
although there are reports of it being sighted with a new
registration. Can anyone positively update
the history of N844AA?