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New Congo airline destroys old planes

March 27, 2012
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KINSHASA, Congo—An official from a new private Congolese airline says they will begin destroying five dysfunctional planes that belonged to a suspended airline company from which they were formed.

Jean-Marc Pajot, CEO of Fly Congo, said Tuesday they were destroying the planes from Hewa Bora Airways to restore the confidence of the Congolese people in airlines.

Pajot said they will destroy five Boeing-727s and one of another type of aircraft over two to three months.

Hewa Bora had a history of fatal crashes. In July, a Hewa Bora plane crashed in a thunderstorm as it was attempting to land at Kisangani airport in eastern Congo, killing 85 people.

Pajot said that Fly Congo has also started compensating the families of the victims from that crash. He says they will each receive $87,500.

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