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Viscount c/n 293

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 293
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

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

It first flew on Thursday, 6 March 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 293
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

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

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service at Palam Airport, Delhi, India on 13 January 1972 and subsequently broken up for scrap.


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

Country of Registration India

March 1958 to December 1972

Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)

VT-DIZ - c/n 293 - a V.768D series Viscount
India registered

6 March 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

18 March 1958
Ferried to Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England under contract by Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell. The flight took 45 minutes.

The IAC pilot was Captain Kathpalia.

18 March 1958
Handed over to Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) named as 'Rajasthan'.

The name was not carried externally.

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

It was then ferried to Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, March 1958
Noted at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England carrying out crew training flights under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

28 March 1958
Ferried from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England to Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

It returned to Wisley later in the day.

29, 31 March 1958
Noted at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England carrying out crew training flights under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

8, 9, 11 April 1958
Noted at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England and Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights under the contract guidance of Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell.

27 May 1959
After departure from Karachi Airport, Pakistan at 15:33 the aircraft climbed to its cruise level of 19,000 feet. Passing Jodhpur, thunder clouds were encountered so the Captain elected to steer to the right to avoid them but soon encountered more clouds which he could not avoid. In the middle of these clouds a violent hailstorm smashed the three main cockpit windows and severely damaged the fuselage nose, wings, tailplane and tail leading edges. Thankfully the Rolls-Royce Dart engines were not affected by the hail ingress.

Pressurisation was lost and the remainder of the flight was completed at a reduced speed of 160 knots and at a lower altitude of 7,000 feet.

A normal landing was made at Palam Airport, Delhi, India at 18:00 despite the impaired vision suffered by the flight crew.

The only injuries amongst the 3 passengers and 4 crew were to the flight crew as a result of flying glass particles.

Repaired and returned to service.

circa June 1970
Repainted in a new livery but retaining the name 'Rajasthan'.

13 January 1972
Withdrawn from service and stored at Palam Airport, Delhi, India.

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


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