Long-time Southend resident BAe 146 broken up

After lying at Southend for many years, BAe 146-300 G-FLTC (msn E3205) was finally broken up in November. Built at Woodford in 1991, she had first operated for Taiwan’s Makung Airlines (later renamed Uni-Air). She had then returned to Europe, joining the fleet of National Jet Italia. She had then moved on to Flybe, and then to Flightline. Flightline turned out to be her last operator: she was left stranded at Southend by that airline’s bankruptcy in December 2008. Over the years she had occasionally been used as an engine test bed, but never returned to the air. In 2015, Indonesia’s Aviastar Mandiri bought her for parts. The hulk lingered on at Southend, before being finally towed to the scrapping compound in mid-September. By mid November she had lost her wings and tail section, and by 6 December she had been completely removed.

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