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Viscount c/n 195

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 195
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

This V.768D series Viscount was built for
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) as VT-DIH

It first flew on Wednesday, 30 October 1957 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 195
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

Its final owner/operator was
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) as VT-DIH.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond economic repair after skidding off the runway at Ratmalana Airport, Colombo, Ceylon 15 November 1961.

The aircraft touched down about one third down the length of the runway. The co-pilot initiated an aborted landing but the aircraft skidded off the runway on the lefthand side and ended up on its belly. The Captain was landing the aircraft and had not instructed the Co-pilot to take over command. There were no serious injuries to the 6 crew and 36 passengers on board.

Broken up for scrap in 1962.


Operational record
Photo of Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) Viscount VT-DIH

Country of Registration India

November 1957 to November 1961

Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)

VT-DIH - c/n 195 - a V.768D series Viscount
India registered

1955
An order for five V.768D were placed by Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC).

This was the 4th aircraft delivered to IAC.

Production Aircraft No. 225 - the 225th production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 183rd Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 180th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F04/768. Sales Order No. 04/86B. Stock Order No. 26/32B.

28 May 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England 8 July 1957.
Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn,
Bournemouth, Hampshire, England

8 July 1957
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

30 October 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

November 1957
Noted at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England outside the Hunting-Clan Airlines (HCA) maintenance facility before its delivery to India.

9 November 1957
Arrived at Safdarjung Airport, Delhi, India on delivery to Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) in 44 seat configuration. Unusually, it was not given a name.

It had English titles on the port side of the fuselage and Hindi script on the starboard side.

9, 11 February 1958
Noted at Safdarjung Airport, Delhi, India carrying out crew training flights under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

15 November 1961
Damaged beyond economic repair after skidding off the runway at Ratmalana Airport, Colombo, Ceylon.

The aircraft touched down about one third down the length of the runway. The co-pilot initiated an aborted landing but the aircraft skidded off the runway on the lefthand side and ended up on its belly. The Captain was landing the aircraft and had not instructed the Co-pilot to take over command. There were no serious injuries to the 6 crew and 36 passengers on board.

Total time 9,542 hours and 3,539 total landings.

1962
Broken up for scrap.
The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


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