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Viscount c/n 77

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 77
Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S


Norway flag Norway

This V.736 series Viscount was built for
Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S as LN-FOF

It first flew on Thursday, 20 October 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
BEA - British European Airways, MEA - Middle East Airlines, BOAC Associated Companies, Airwork Ltd, Transair Ltd and BUA - British United Airways


Photo of Viscount c/n 77
British Midland Airways (BMA)


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
British Midland Airways (BMA) as G-AODG.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond repair after a heavy landing at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England during a scheduled flight from Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland 20 February 1969.

The pilot failed to execute a flare on the second attempt to land on runway 10 resulting in a very heavy landing. The nose undercarriage leg collapsed and the fuselage broke in two just rear of the wing. Visibility at the time was poor but still within limits.

Declared as beyond economic repair, written off and subsequently broken up for scrap.


Operational record
Photo of Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S Viscount LN-FOF

Country of Registration Norway

January 1955 to July 1955

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

LN-FOF - c/n 77 - a V.736 series Viscount
Norway registered

Mid 1955
This was the 1st V.736 ordered by Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S.

Production Aircraft No. 77 - the 77th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 37th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 45th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F01/736. Sales Order No. 01/57B. Stock Order No. 32/22B.

18 January 1955
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

13 April 1955
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

22 July 1955
Registration LN-FOF allocated to Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S but not taken up.
Re-registered G-AODG for pending lease to BEA - British European Airways.


Photo of Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S Viscount G-AODG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1955 to November 1955

Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S

G-AODG - c/n 77 - a V.736 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

22 July 1955
Re-registered from LN-FOF for a pending lease to BEA - British European Airways.

20 October 1955
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

18 November 1955
Leased to BEA - British European Airways.

13 December 1957
Sold to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd while on lease to BEA - British European Airways and sub-leased to MEA - Middle East Airlines.


Photo of British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount G-AODG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1955 to March 1957

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AODG - c/n 77 - a V.736 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

18 November 1955
Leased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S named as 'R M A Fridtjof Nansen'.

Total time flown by BEA - British European Airways was 1,844 hours.

27 March 1957
Sub-leased to MEA - Middle East Airlines in full MEA livery

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



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

Country of Registration Lebanon

March 1957 to December 1957

Middle East Airlines (MEA)

OD-ACR - c/n 77 - a V.736 series Viscount
Lebanon registered

27 March 1957
Sub-leased from BEA - British European Airways in full MEA livery.

31 March 1957
Total time 2,594 hours.

20 December 1957
Returned to BEA - British European Airways.


Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Viscount G-AODG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1957 to January 1958

BOAC Associated Companies

G-AODG - c/n 77 - a V.736 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

13 December 1957
Purchased from Fred Olsen Flyselskap A/S while on lease to BEA - British European Airways and sub-leased to MEA - Middle East Airlines.

3 January 1958
Sold to Airwork London Ltd.


Photo of British European Airways Corporation (BEA) Viscount G-AODG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1957 to January 1958

British European Airways Corporation (BEA)

G-AODG - c/n 77 - a V.736 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 December 1957
Returned from MEA - Middle East Airlines sub-lease.

3 January 1958
Sold to Airwork Ltd by BOAC Associated Companies.

FURTHER READING: Books about BEA - British European Airways



Photo of Airwork Ltd Viscount G-AODG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1958 to February 1959

Airwork Ltd

G-AODG - c/n 77 - a V.736 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

3 January 1958
Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies.

9 January 1958
Operated the inaugural flight from Heathrow Airport, London, England to Accra Airport, Ghana, West Africa via Portela Airport, Lisbon, Portugal, Las Palmas Airport, Canary Islands, Bathurst Airport, The Gambia, and Freetown Airport, Sierra Leone, as a joint venture with HCA - Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd. Passengers would spend a night at Las Palmas. This was the second Viscount to be seen in Ghana, the first being an executive Viscount owned by the Standard Oil Company.

21 March 1958
First noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

1 February 1959
Transferred to Transair Ltd due to a corporate merger.


Photo of Transair (UK) Ltd Viscount G-AODG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1959 to July 1960

Transair (UK) Ltd

G-AODG - c/n 77 - a V.736 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 February 1959
Transferred from Airwork Ltd due to a corporate merger.

12 February 1959
Ferried from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England to Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England for future operations.

It was converted to 61 seat high-density configuration.

February 1959
It entered service on the 'Colonial Coach Class' service previously operated by Airwork Ltd.

1 July 1960
Transferred to BUA - British United Airways due to a corporate merger.


Photo of British United Airways (BUA) Viscount G-AODG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1960 to May 1962

British United Airways (BUA)

G-AODG - c/n 77 - a V.736 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 July 1960
Transferred from Transair Ltd due to a corporate merger.

5 September 1960
Registered to BUA - British United Airways.

circa May 1962
Leased to LOT - Polskie Linie Lotnicze for the summer season in full BUA - British United Airways livery.


Photo of Polskie Linie Lotnicze (LOT) Viscount G-AODG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1962 to October 1962

Polskie Linie Lotnicze (LOT)

G-AODG - c/n 77 - a V.736 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa May 1962
Leased from BUA - British United Airways for the summer season in full BUA - British United Airways livery.

circa October 1962
Returned to BUA - British United Airways.


Photo of British United Airways (BUA) Viscount G-AODG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1962 to January 1967

British United Airways (BUA)

G-AODG - c/n 77 - a V.736 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa October 1962
Returned from LOT - Polskie Linie Lotnicze summer lease.

10 January 1967
Sold to British Midland Airways (BMA).


Photo of British Midland Airways (BMA) Viscount G-AODG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1967 to February 1969

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-AODG - c/n 77 - a V.736 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

10 January 1967
Purchased from BUA - British United Airways as the first BMA Viscount and handed over in a ceremony at Jersey Airport, Channel Islands.

12 January 1967
Entered British Midland Airways (BMA) service from East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England to Abbotsinch, Airport, Glasgow, Scotland replacing a Canadair Argonaut.

20 June 1967
Registered to British Midland Airways (BMA).

Damaged beyond repair after a heavy landing and collapsed nose undercarriage.

20 February 1969
Damaged beyond repair after a heavy landing at East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England on a scheduled flight from Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland.

Captain Monty Rogers failed to execute a flare on the second attempt to land on runway 10 in a snow storm resulting in a very heavy landing. The nose undercarriage leg collapsed and the fuselage broke in two just rear of the wing. Visibility at the time was poor but still within limits. All 4 crew members and 49 passengers on board escaped without any reported injuries, mainly due to the lack of a post-crash fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: The accident resulted from the pilot in command failing to execute a proper landing manoeuvre in adverse weather conditions.

Declared as beyond economic repair and written off.

7 March 1969
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.

Broken up for scrap.

Total time 20,895 hours and 14,817 total landings.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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