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Viscount c/n 46

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 46
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)


Australia flag Australia

This V.720 series Viscount was built for
Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-TVC

It first flew on Wednesday, 17 November 1954 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 46
Ansett-ANA


Australia flag Australia

Its final owner/operator was
Ansett-ANA as VH-TVC.

Its fate:-
Crashed into Botany Bay nine minutes after taking off from Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on a service to Canberra. The aircraft broke up in clear air turbulence in an area where there were thunderstorms. The accident occurred at 19:25 local time 30 November 1961. All 4 crew and 11 passengers lost their lives.


Operational record
Photo of Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) Viscount VH-TVC

Country of Registration Australia

December 1954 to March 1960

Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)

VH-TVC - c/n 46 - a V.720 series Viscount
Australia registered

May 1951
This was the third V.720 of six ordered by Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA).

The total value of the order was £1,934,000 including spare parts.

Production Aircraft No. 42 - the 42nd production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 9th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 17th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F03/720. Sales Order No. 03/88A. Stock Order No. 15/21B.

2 April 1954
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

20 May 1954
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

22 June 1954
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission trading as Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA).

17 November 1954
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

8 December 1954
Delivered to Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) named as 'John Oxley'.

It was fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

circa 1957
Converted to V.720C standard with a revised cockpit layout that included replacing the slatted direct vision windows, paddle type propeller blades and propeller synchronisation equipment.

7 March 1960
Dry leased (i.e. without crew) to Ansett-ANA.

TAA received two Douglas DC6B (VH-INH and VH-INU) on lease from ansett-ANA to cover the leasing of three Viscounts. The other two were VH-TVE (C/N 48) and VH-TVF (C/N 49).

This arrangement was imposed upon TAA by the Australian Government through its Department of Civil Aviation and certainly favoured Ansett-ANA in having the use of more modern aircraft and was known as the 'Two Airlines Agreement'.


Photo of Ansett-ANA Viscount VH-TVC

Country of Registration Australia

March 1960 to November 1961

Ansett-ANA

VH-TVC - c/n 46 - a V.720 series Viscount
Australia registered

7 March 1960
Dry leased (i.e. without crew) from Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA). The daily charge was 160 pounds 18 shillings.

TAA received two Douglas DC6B (VH-INH and VH-INU) on lease from Ansett-ANA to cover the leasing of three Viscounts. The other two were VH-TVE (C/N 48) and VH-TVF (C/N 49).

This arrangement was imposed upon TAA by the Australian Government through its Department of Civil Aviation and certainly favoured Ansett-ANA in having the use of more modern aircraft and was known as the 'Two Airlines Agreement'.

30 November 1961
Crashed into Botany Bay nine minutes after taking off from Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on a service to Canberra. The aircraft broke up in clear air turbulence in an area where there were thunderstorms. The accident occurred at 19:25 local time. All 4 crew and 11 passengers lost their lives.

Total time 16,942 hours and 12,010 total landings.

The cause of the accident was the failure of the starboard outer wing in an upward bending movement caused by the tensile overloading of the lower spar boom at station 323, probably induced by a combination of manoeuvre and gust loading when the speed of the aircraft was in excess of 260kts. The circumstances and available evidence suggests that the structural failure was preceded by a loss of control with a consequential increase in speed.

The most probable explanation for the loss of control is that the aircraft entered an area of unexpected clear air turbulence of such severity that it resulted in a loss of control and resultant structural failure.

This aircraft was not fitted with weather radar equipment which may have assisted the pilots in avoiding the worst of the weather although clear air turbulence is obviously something that cannot be foreseen or detected.


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