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Viscount c/n 69

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 69
Iraqi Airways


Iraq flag Iraq

This V.735 series Viscount was built for
Iraqi Airways as YI-ACM

It first flew on Tuesday, 8 November 1955 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Alidair


Photo of Viscount c/n 69
Guernsey Airlines


Guernsey flag Guernsey

Its final owner/operator was
Guernsey Airlines as G-BFYZ.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond economic repair after veering off the runway at Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands, Scotland while on an Occidental Oil charter 25 October 1979.

Cabin interior removed and installed in Viscount G-BDRC (C/N 52) in November 1979. Remains transported to East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England 13 August 1980. Broken up for scrap after spares recovery circa August 1980.


Operational record
Photo of Iraqi Airways Viscount YI-ACM

Country of Registration Iraq

December 1955 to April 1978

Iraqi Airways

YI-ACM - c/n 69 - a V.735 series Viscount
Iraq registered

circa 1954
This was the 3rd V.735 ordered by Iraqi Airways.

Production Aircraft No. 78 - the 78th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 41st Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 46th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F03/735. Sales Order No. 03/54B. Stock Order No. 28/22B.

1 March 1955
Fuselage assembly commenced Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

19 May 1955
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

8 November 1955
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

2 December 1955
Delivered to Iraqi Airways named as 'Ibn Battouta' with a Kingdom of Iraq national flag on the tail.

16 April 1956
Operated a proving flight from Baghdad Airport, Iraq to London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England prior to the commencement of scheduled Viscount services.

28 May 1956
Operated the first Iraqi Airways Viscount service from Baghdad Airport, Iraq to London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

June 1957
To Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England for flap modifications.

1958
Noted with an Arab Federation national flag on the tail.

March 1958
To Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England for a cabin pressure test.

2 May 1958
Damaged during a heavy landing at London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

Temporarily replaced by leasing Hunting Clan Air Transport Viscount G-ANRT (C/N 76).

May 1958
Temporary repairs carried out for a ferry flight to Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England for futher repairs by Marshall's.

1959
Noted with a Republic of Iraq national flag on the tail.

22 January 1959
Returned to Iraqi Airways at Heathrow Airport, London, England after repair by Marshall's at Teversham Airport, Cambridge, England.

David Carter illustration of Iraqi Airways V.735 Viscount c/n 69 YI-ACM

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


1963
Noted with a later Republic of Iraq national flag on the tail.

9 April 1978
Sold to Alidair.


Photo of Alidair Viscount YI-ACM

Country of Registration Iraq

April 1978 to December 1978

Alidair

YI-ACM - c/n 69 - a V.735 series Viscount
Iraq registered

9 April 1978
Purchased from Iraqi Airways and delivered to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England and initially stored outside their facility.

2 August 1978
Noted with all the paint stripped off.

1 December 1978
Re-registered to Alidair as G-BFYZ.


Photo of Alidair Viscount G-BFYZ

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1978 to December 1978

Alidair

G-BFYZ - c/n 69 - a V.735 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 December 1978
Re-registered to Alidair from YI-ACM.

6 December 1978
Leased to Guernsey Airlines in full livery.


Photo of Guernsey Airlines Viscount G-BFYZ

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1978 to August 1980

Guernsey Airlines

G-BFYZ - c/n 69 - a V.735 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

6 December 1978
Leased from Alidair in full livery named as 'Sarnia'.

David Carter illustration of Guernsey Airlines V.735 Viscount c/n 69 G-BFYZ

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


8 December 1978
Operated Intra Airways services in Scotland due to delays in starting the Channel Island service.

16 February 1979
Operated the East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England to Jersey and Guernsey, Channel Islands service for British Midland Airways (BMA).

16 September 1979
Certificate of Maintenance issued which was valid for a further 90 days or 400 flying hours. Total time 25,476 hours.

Damaged beyond economic repair after veering off the runway at Kirkwall, Orkney Isles, Scotland.

25 October 1979
Damaged beyond economic repair after veering off the runway at Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland while on an Occidental Oil charter.

Total time 25,641 hours and 16,275 total landings.

On arrival from Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland the aircraft carried out a VOR approach to runway 25 in poor weather with gusting cross-winds and the pilot corrected a misalignment with the runway at a low height. With the starboard wing low the No.4 propeller struck the runway just before touchdown and the aircraft ran off the right side of the runway. The nose undercarriage leg collapsed when it struck the edge of an intersecting runway. All 47 passengers and 4 crew survived without serious injury.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
The Commander failing to take overshoot action at an early stage in the approach to land when it became apparent that the approach was unstabilised and the windscreen wipers were unreliable.

November 1979
Cabin interior removed and installed in Viscount G-BDRC (C/N 52).

5 December 1979
Certificate of Airworthiness expired.

13 August 1980
Remains transported to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.

Further reading: Department of Trade Aircraft Accident Report 4/81 issued 15 June 1981. www.aaib.gov.uk/home/index.cfm


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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