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Viscount c/n 74

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 74
Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)


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This V.732 series Viscount was built for
Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) as G-ANRR

It first flew on Tuesday, 26 April 1955 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Middle East Airlines (MEA)


Photo of Viscount c/n 74
Clanair Ltd


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Its final owner/operator was
Clanair Ltd as G-ANRR.

Its fate:-
Crashed into the grounds of Frimley Place, Surrey, England during a test flight from Heathrow Airport, London, England after maintenance 2 December 1958.

The Viscount had taken off from Heathrow for a test flight following major overhaul. While flying at 1,000 feet, some 10 minutes after takeoff, the starboard wing broke off and the aircraft crashed and caught fire.


Operational record
Photo of Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) Viscount G-ANRR

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1955 to September 1955

Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)

G-ANRR - c/n 74 - a V.732 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa 1954
This was the 1st V.732 ordered by Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA).

Production Aircraft No. 55 - the 55th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 23rd Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 29th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F01/732. Sales Order No. 01/52B. Stock Order No. 23/22B.

23 September 1954
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

September 1955
Fuselage transported by road from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

9 November 1954
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

2 March 1955
Registered to Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA).

26 April 1955
First flight from Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying as the runway at Weybridge was too short for a completed aircraft to takeoff.

11 May 1955
Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

11 May 1955
Delivered to Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) as their first Viscount.

May 1955
Departed on route trials to Southern Africa with representatives on board from Vickers-Armstrongs, Rolls-Royce, Rotol and Goodyear Tyres. It was seen at Côte d'Azur Airport, Nice, France, Luqa Airport, Malta, Wadi Halfa Airfield, Northern Sudan, Khartoum Airport, Sudan and Salisbury Airport, Southern Rhodesia.

A group photo was taken at Belvedere Airport, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (see photo section).

17 June 1955
First Viscount on the Woolsington Airport, Newcastle, England, Stavanger Airport, Norway, Oslo Airport, Norway route.

29 June 1955
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

22 September 1955
Registration cancelled as aircraft exported.

22 September 1955
Leased to Middle East Airlines (MEA).


Photo of Middle East Airlines (MEA) Viscount OD-ACF

Country of Registration Lebanon

September 1955 to September 1957

Middle East Airlines (MEA)

OD-ACF - c/n 74 - a V.732 series Viscount
Lebanon registered

22 September 1955
Leased from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA).

30 September 1957
Returned to Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA).


Photo of Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) Viscount OD-ACF

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1957 to October 1957

Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)

OD-ACF - c/n 74 - a V.732 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

30 September 1957
Returned from Middle East Airlines (MEA) lease.

10 October 1957
Re-registered G-ANRR.


Photo of Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) Viscount G-ANRR

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1957 to December 1957

Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)

G-ANRR - c/n 74 - a V.732 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

10 October 1957
Re-registered from OD-ACF.

Seen with Airwork London titles.

24 October 1957
Operated a joint Hunting-Clan / Airwork 'African Safari' service from Heathrow Airport, London, England to East and Central Africa replacing the Vickers Viking.

31 December 1957
Registered to Clanair Ltd.


Photo of Clanair Ltd Viscount G-ANRR

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1957 to December 1958

Clanair Ltd

G-ANRR - c/n 74 - a V.732 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

31 December 1957
Registered to Clanair Ltd from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA).

30 October 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights.

3 November 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights.

2 December 1958
Crashed into the grounds of Frimley Place, Surrey, England during a test flight from Heathrow Airport, London, England after maintenance, killing all six crew on board.

Total time 7600 hours and 5000 landings.

The Viscount had taken off from Heathrow Airport for a test flight following a major overhaul. While flying at 1,000 feet, some 10 minutes after takeoff, the starboard wing broke off and the aircraft crashed and caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
Investigations found that parts of the elevator trim tab were incorrectly assembled causing the elevator spring tab to operate in the reversed sense. The resulting violent changes in flight attitudes were caused by the pilot taking involuntary manoeuvres that overstressed the aircraft causing the starboard wing to break off.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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