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Viscount c/n 271

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 271
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

This V.757 series Viscount was built for
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) as CF-THK

It first flew on Tuesday, 28 May 1957 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 271
Air Canada


Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
Air Canada as CF-THK.

Its fate:-
Made an emergency landing at Sept-Îles Airport, Quebec, Canada 7 April 1969 due to a fire in the No.2 engine nacelle area. The aircraft was written off due to extensive fire damage to the fuselage and port wing. Only the fuselage rear section, tail and starboard wing complete with the Rolls-Royce Dart engines remained relatively unaffected.


Operational record
Photo of Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) Viscount CF-THK

Country of Registration Canada

June 1957 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-THK - c/n 271 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

September 1955
An order was placed by Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) for a third batch of eleven Type V.757 aircraft as a follow on from the previous Type V.724 and V.757 orders.

This was the thirteenth one built.

The total order for V.757 aircraft reached thirty six in May 1957.

Production Order No. F13/757. Sales Order No. F13/76B. Stock Order No……...

1955
An order was placed by Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) for thirty six Type V.757 aircraft as a follow on from the previous V.724 order. This was the thirteenth one built.

28 May 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

It was fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

30 May 1957
Aircraft passed off by TCA inspectors as completed and ready for delivery.

3 June 1957
Departed from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '629'.

After refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland it then flew on to Keflavik Airport, Iceland (743 nautical miles), Bluie West 8 (BW8) Airfield, Sondre Stromfjord, Western Greenland (804 nautical miles) where it stopped overnight.

BW8 was built during WWII to assist the transfer of military aircraft from North America to Europe and was opened in October 1941.

4 June 1957
Departed from Bluie West 8 (BW8) Airfield, Sondre Stromfjord, Western Greenland to Goose Bay Airport, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada (872 nautical miles), Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada (810 nautical miles).

The cabin seating was installed in Canada, as the seats used by TCA were of American manufacture.

The cabin was fitted out with 44 seats which was a reduction from the original 48 seat specification and provided more leg room.

This was heavily marketed and resulted in a high load factor compared to the 18 seat Douglas DC-3 that it replaced on some routes.

10 July 1957
TCA issued instructions that all Viscounts would be repainted in a 'White Top' livery when a suitable maintenance period became available.

circa 1958 the top of the fuselage and fin was painted white.

1 June 1964
Transferred to Air Canada due to a corporate name change.


Photo of Air Canada Viscount CF-THK

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to April 1969

Air Canada

CF-THK - c/n 271 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

1 June 1964
Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '629'.

30 January 1965
Noted still operating in Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) livery. It took several years to repaint the fleet in Air Canada livery. The ground equipment such as Steps, Ground Power Unit, Tug, Baggage Trollies etc were all in Air Canada livery.

7 April 1969
Made an emergency landing at Sept-Îles Airport, Province of Quebec, Canada due to a fire in the No.2 engine nacelle area.

After departing from Sept-Îles Airport on a domestic scheduled service, a fire warning in the No.2 port inner engine area was observed by the flight crew. Unknown to them this was caused by a fire in the port main undercarriage bay. The crew elected to shut down the No.2 engine and set off the localised fire extinguisher for that area and then jetisoned fuel prior to returning to the airport for an emergency landing.

After a successful landing and coming to a halt on the runway the crew discovered that they could not shut down the No.1 port outer engine.

The loss of the port main undercarriage brakes caused the aircraft to slowly circle to the right during the subsquent evacuation.

Of the 4 crew and 16 passengers on board sadly one passenger collapsed and died.

PROBABLE CAUSE
It was suspected that overheating of the starter selector relay located in the port main undercarriage bay during starting of the No.1 and No.2 engines caused a fire in the bundle of wires close to the relay. Extensive fire damage to this area prevented a positive conclusion.

The aircraft was written off due to extensive fire damage to the fuselage and port wing. Only the fuselage rear section, tail and starboard wing complete with the Rolls-Royce Dart engines remained relatively unaffected.

Total time 26,975 hours and 26,579 total landings.


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