Helicopter Sikorsky S-58C Serial 58-324 Register B9 OO-SHG used by Force Aérienne Belge (Belgian Air Force) SABENA (Societe Anonyme Belge d Exploitation de la Navigation Aerienne). Built 1956. Aircraft history
Sikorsky S-58C, c/n 58-324, ff? del Sabena NV at the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. plant, Bridgeport, CT, 18Jul56 del by French aircraft carrier "Dixmude" at Algiers ferried Algiers-Oran-Alicante-Barcelona-Perpignan-Tours-Paris-Brussel (Capt. A.Vernieuwe), 14Sep56 arrived at Brussel-Groendreef, 04Oct56 registered OO-SHG (CofR 1091) Sabena NV, Brussel, 08Oct56 inaugural service to Paris-Issy (Capt. L.De Villenfagne), 03Mar57 tail broke off at Brussel in unknown circumstances, 17Aug57 evacuated personnel during fire in the control tower at Brussel-Zaventem (Capt. G.Tremerie), 04Nov57 incident: fell on its side, was repaired, 09Jul60 transferred to the Congo for operations in Katanga (KAT43, registration was not carried on the aircraft), 27Sep60 returned to Brussels, Dec62 modification work carried out by Sabena for sale to the Belgian Air Force, Jan63 cancelled from the Belgian Civil Register, 21Oct63.
taken on charge Belgian Air Force, Heli Flight, Koksijde, call-sign B9/OT-ZKI, 21Oct63 del Heli Flight, Koksijde (Flight SRT - Short Range Transport) (tt 5057 hrs), Apr64 cat.5 - after only 5 months of service the aircraft experienced serious engine problems a few minutes after take-off from Koksijde. The aircraft made a heavy landing in the vicinity of the control tower. The damage was such that the aircraft was writen-off. Crew: Lt. Bawin, Vaandrig P.Segers, 1SM L.Janssens, 1SM Dekinder, all ok, 21Sep64 w/o, wreck transferred to Evere, 24Sep64.