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Viscount c/n 292

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 292
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

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

It first flew on Monday, 17 February 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 292
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

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

Its fate:-
Skidded off the runway at Jaipur Airport, India 9 August 1971 and subsequently declared as beyond economic repair.


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

Country of Registration India

March 1958 to August 1971

Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)

VT-DIX - c/n 292 - a V.768D series Viscount
India registered

17 February 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

3 March 1958
Ferried to Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England under contract by Hunting-Clan Chief Pilot Brian Alexander Powell. The flight took 40 minutes.

The IAC pilots were Captains Kaushick and Kapoor.

3 March 1958
Formerly handed over to Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) named as 'Bengal'.

The name was not carried externally.

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

4, 5, 6 March 1958
Carried out IAC crew training at Wisley under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

7, 8 March 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out IAC crew training and ILS approaches under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

8 March 1958
Ferried from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England to Hurn Airport, Hampshire, England under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

The IAC pilots were Captains Kaushick and Kapoor.

11 March 1958
Ferried from Hurn Airport, Hampshire, England to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

The IAC pilots were Captains Ezekiel and Taraporewalla.

circa June 1970
Repainted in a new livery and renamed as ‘Kashmir'.

Later IAC livery
Later IAC livery

9 August 1971
Crash landed at Jaipur Airport, Rajasthan State, India.

A third approach in bad weather was being attempted. The aircraft touched down 1,800 feet along the wet runway with a significant tailwind and skidded off the left side of the runway onto the grass.

Damage from digging into the soft ground was sufficient to cause the aircraft to be written off as beyond economic repair.

There were no reported injuries to the 27 passengers and crew on board.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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