Former Orionair BAe 146 broken up


Former Orionair BAe 146-200 EC-JVJ

Former Orionair BAe 146-200 EC-JVJ looking the worse for wear after being long stored at Exeter (shamu28)

Former Orionair BAe 146-300 EC-JVJ (msn E3195) was broken up during June. She had long been stored at Exeter, having been stranded there in April 2009 when Orionair collapsed after the US Department of Commerce issued a Temporary Denial Order (TDO) on the airline for supplying 146s to Syrian Pearl, which it deemed to be a violation of a trade embargo imposed on the country. As a result of the US action, BAE Systems, Flybe (which was preparing EC-JVJ for service in Syria), and others were forced to withdraw support from Orionair to avoid falling foul of the same restrictions. She was sold Southern Alps SA in June 2009. She has survived a purge of stored 146s at Exeter in 2010.

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