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Viscount c/n 96

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 96
Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)


Venezuela flag Venezuela

This V.749 series Viscount was built for
Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) as YV-C-AMY

It first flew on Friday, 10 February 1956 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 96
Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)


Venezuela flag Venezuela

Its final owner/operator was
Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) as YV-C-AMZ.

Its fate:-
Crashed shortly after taking off from La Chinita International Airport, Maracaibo, Venezuela 1 November 1971. After the aircraft became airborne the crew reported that the controls had jammed. Was this a test flight after maintenance? All four crew members on board were killed.


Operational record
Photo of Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) Viscount YV-C-AMY

Country of Registration Venezuela

March 1956 to March 1956

Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)

YV-C-AMY - c/n 96 - a V.749 series Viscount
Venezuela registered

1955
Registered to Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV).

circa February 1956
Re-registered YV-C-AMZ while still on the production line. Does anyone know why it was re-registered? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) Viscount YV-C-AMZ

Country of Registration Venezuela

March 1956 to November 1971

Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)

YV-C-AMZ - c/n 96 - a V.749 series Viscount
Venezuela registered

circa February 1956
Re-registered from YV-C-AMY whilst still on the production line.

10 February 1956
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

27 March 1956
Delivered to Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) named as 'Paramaiboa'.

11 September 1960
During the takeoff run at Maracaibo Airport, Venezuela the nose undercarriage leg collapsed and the takeoff was aborted.

This resulted in curl damage to all four propellers and shockload damage to the four Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

There were no reported injuries to the passengers and crew on board.

Repaired and returned to service.

June 1966
Noted at Wymswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England undergoing an overhaul with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

After the overhaul it was noted at City of Birmingham Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England now repainted in the third livery.

1 November 1971
Crashed shortly after taking off from La Chinita International Airport, Maracaibo, Venezuela. After the aircraft became airborne the crew reported that the controls had jammed.

Was this a test flight after maintenance?

All four crew members on board were killed.

Total time 25,612 hours and 28,750 total landings.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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