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Viscount c/n 296

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 296
Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)


India flag India

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

It first flew on Friday, 30 May 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 296
Huns Air Pvt Ltd


India flag India

Its final owner/operator was
Huns Air Pvt Ltd as VT-DJC.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond economic repair on landing at Vijayawada Airport, Andhra Pradesh, India 28 August 1980. Subsequently broken up for scrap circa 1981. The date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


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

Country of Registration India

June 1958 to January 1978

Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC)

VT-DJC - c/n 296 - a V.768D series Viscount
India registered

30 May 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

6 June 1958
An acceptance flight was carried out at 19:45 under contract by Hunting-Clan Chief Flying Instructor Brian Alexander Powell (50 min).

It was then handed over to Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC) named as 'Kashmir'.

The name was not carried externally.

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

Brian had flown down to Hurn from London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England in Hunting-Clan Vickers V.614 Viking 1 G-AHPJ and returned at 21:25.

12 August 1969
During an approach to Dum Dum Airport, Calcutta, India the aircraft contacted the tops of trees resulting in substantial damage and the landing was aborted.

At the time the aircraft was being guided down by Surveillance Radar, rather than the normal Precision Approach Radar.

Luckily the aircraft was still flyable and the crew were advised to divert to Panagarh Airport, West Bengal, India where it made a safe landing.

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

The cause of the accident was as a result of the pilot in command failing to set the altimeters correctly after departure.

Repaired and returned to service.

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

21 February 1971
Withdrawn from service and stored at Palam Airport, Delhi, India.

17 March 1972
Noted painted up in experimental camouflage that included the propellers for Indian Air Force trials marked as 'No.1'.

1978
Sold to Huns Air Pvt Ltd. The date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of Huns Air Pvt Ltd Viscount VT-DJC

Country of Registration India

January 1978 to August 1980

Huns Air Pvt Ltd

VT-DJC - c/n 296 - a V.768D series Viscount
India registered

1978
Purchased from Indian Airlines Corporation (IAC). The date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

1979
Named as 'S.S.3'. The date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

28 August 1980
Damaged beyond economic repair on landing at Vijayawada Airport, Andhra Pradesh, India while on a domestic non schedules passenger flight from Santa Cruz Airport, Bombay.

The Viscount bounced three times on landing. The nose undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft ran off the right side of the runway.

None of the 5 crew and 24 passengers were seriously injured.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Late and insufficient flaring out on landing.

circa 1981
Broken up for scrap. The date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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