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Viscount c/n 149

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 149
Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)


England flag England

This V.759D series Viscount was built for
Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) as G-AOGH

It first flew on Friday, 7 December 1956 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 149
Icelandair (Flugfélag Íslands)


Iceland flag Iceland

Its final owner/operator was
Icelandair (Flugfélag Íslands) as TF-ISU.

Its fate:-
Crashed on Nesøya Island, Norway while on approach to Fornebu Airport, Oslo, Norway 14 April 1963. The Viscount was on a scheduled flight from Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen, Denmark to Reykjavik Airport, Iceland via Oslo and Bergen in Norway and crashed just 6km west of the Fornebu Airport runway 06 at 11:18 UTC. The accident is assumed to have been caused by the pilot losing control of the aircraft at such a low height that recovery was not possible. From the evidence available it was not possible for the investigation commission to determine why this had happened. There are possibilities however, the cause may have been that ice formed on the horizontal stabilisers, or that the propellers went into ground fine pitch. The commission considered that the latter hypothesis was slightly more likely than the former.


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

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1956 to April 1957

Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA)

G-AOGH - c/n 149 - a V.759D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa 1955
This was the 2nd V.759 and the 5th V.700 series Viscount ordered by Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA).

Production Aircraft No. 164 - the 164th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 46th Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 45th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F02/759. Sales Order No. F02/71B. Stock Order No. F44/27B.

16 May 1956
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

10 July 1956
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

7 December 1956
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

28 December 1956
Delivered to Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England flown by Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

The flight lasted for 45 minutes.

It never entered service with HCA.

April 1957
Sold to Icelandair (Flugfélag Íslands).


Photo of Icelandair (Flugfélag Íslands) Viscount TF-ISU

Country of Registration Iceland

April 1957 to April 1963

Icelandair (Flugfélag Íslands)

TF-ISU - c/n 149 - a V.759D series Viscount
Iceland registered

April 1957
Purchased from Hunting-Clan Air Transport Ltd (HCA) and named as 'Hrimfaxi', which is a horse in Norse mythology.

The company name is Flugfélag Íslands (Island Airways) but the aircraft carry the name 'Icelandair'.

21 May 1957
The training of Icelandair pilots commenced with Brian Alexander Powell as the HCA instructor.

The training flights were carried out at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England and Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

27 May 1957
Crew training completed.

14 April 1963
Crashed on Nesøya Island, Norway while on approach to Fornebu Airport, Oslo, Norway.

The Viscount was on a scheduled flight from Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen, Denmark to Reykjavik Airport, Iceland via Oslo and Bergen in Norway and crashed on Nesøya Island just 6km west of the Fornebu Airport runway 06 at 11:18 UTC.

All 8 passengers and 4 crew sadly died in the accident.

PROBABLE CAUSE: The accident is assumed to have been caused by the pilot losing control of the aircraft at such a low height that recovery was not possible. From the evidence available it was not possible for the investigation commission to determine why this had happened. There are possibilities however that the cause may have been that ice formed on the horizontal stabilisers or that the propellers went into ground fine pitch. The commission considered that the latter hypothesis was slightly more likely than the former.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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