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Viscount c/n 244

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 244
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd


England flag England

This V.754D series Viscount was built for
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd as OD-ADE

It first flew on Sunday, 24 November 1957 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Cyprus Airways


Photo of Viscount c/n 244
Middle East Airlines (MEA)


Lebanon flag Lebanon

Its final owner/operator was
Middle East Airlines (MEA) as OD-ADE.

Its fate:-
Crashed after a mid-air collision with a Turkish Air Force Douglas C47 Skytrain during an approach to land at Esenboğa International Airport, Ankara, Turkey 1 February 1963.


Operational record
Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount G-APCE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1957 to September 1957

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

G-APCE - c/n 244 - a V.754D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

circa June 1955
This was the 6th V.754 ordered by BOAC Associated Companies Ltd for use by Middle East Airlines (MEA).

Production Aircraft No. 229 - the 229th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 186th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 184th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F06/754. Sales Order No. 06/97B. Stock Order No. 37/32B.

2 April 1957
Registered to BOAC Associated Company Ltd for use by Cyprus Airways instead of Middle East Airlines (MEA) hence the UK registration.

11 June 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

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

September 1957
Noted at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England ground running the Dart engines in full Cyprus Airways livery named 'Buffavento' but the contract was cancelled when British European Airways (BEA) took over the London to Cyprus route.

31 October 1957
Re-registered to Middle East Airlines (MEA) as OD-ADE.


Photo of Cyprus Airways Viscount G-APCE

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1957 to October 1957

Cyprus Airways

G-APCE - c/n 244 - a V.754D series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 September 1957
The lease contract to Cyprus Airways from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd was cancelled when British European Airways (BEA) took over the London to Cyprus route.

31 October 1957
Leaced by BOAC Associated Companies Ltd to Middle East Airlines (MEA).


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

Country of Registration Lebanon

October 1957 to February 1963

Middle East Airlines (MEA)

OD-ADE - c/n 244 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

31 October 1957
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd.

5 November 1957
UK registration G-APCE cancelled.

November 1957
Noted at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England ground running the Dart engines still carrying G-APCE and still in full Cyprus Airways livery named 'Buffavento'.

24 November 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Had it been repainted in MEA livery yet? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

12 December 1957
Delivered on lease to Beirut, Lebanon in full Middle East Airlines (MEA) livery.

1 February 1963
Crashed after a mid-air collision with Türk Hava Kuvvetleri (Turkish Air Force) Douglas C-47 Skytrain CBK-28 near Ankara, Turkey.

MEA flight 265 was descending on approach to Esenboğa International Airport, Ankara, Turkey and had been cleared to land on runway 03. The last radio call received was when the crew reported being over the Ankara NDB at 8,000 feet, descending for 6,500 feet. The Turkish Air Force Douglas C-47 had just completed an instrument training flight and was returning to nearby Etimesgut Air Base under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) conditions.

The Viscount was flying on a heading of 280° magnetic and at a speed of 155 miles per hour (250 KPH) when it overtook the C-47 which was on a heading of 240° magnetic at a speed of 139 miles per hour (225 KPH) when the collision occurred.

The Viscount had an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan but was cruising under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) conditions as the weather was clear with good visibility.

The lower side of the nose and the starboard wing of the Viscount struck the C-47 between the port side rear door and the tail at an angle of approximately forty degrees from the left rear, and at an angle of approximately five to ten degrees in an upward direction. The port horizontal tailplane on the C47 was cut off by the No.3 (starboard inner) propeller. The Viscount crew did not see the C-47 cruising below them at 7,000ft on their starboard side and the Viscount, having a higher speed easily caught up with the C47.

At the last moment the MEA pilots saw the C-47 and tried to avoid a collision by pulling up, but it was too late.

The starboard side of the Viscount fuselage was torn open causing some of the passengers to be sucked out. Both aircraft crashed into residential areas of Ankara, killing 87 people on the ground and injuring over 100.

All 11 passengers and 3 crew were sadly killed along with the 3 crew on the C-47.

This was the first fatal accident involving an MEA aircraft since the airline was formed in 1946.

Total time 13,187 hours and 5,515 total landings.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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