January 21, 2018
Produced by French TV, this news report from Kinshasa explains the current state of the airline industry in the Congo. The Congo based airlines operate with patched up Russian built An-24s and IL-18s, or old 727s purchased out of the Mojave desert. The country lacks basic airline safety regulations: this news report shows people living under old aircraft hulks, people wandering around the aircraft operations area, and aircraft parts being sold without documentation and proper storage. It really is amazing to see how backwards the avaition scene in the Congo is today. The news report also features interviews Stavros Paparoannog, Director of Kinshasa based Hewa Bora Airways.