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Viscount c/n 324

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 324
Philippine Air Lines (PAL)


Philippines flag Philippines

This V.784D series Viscount was built for
Philippine Air Lines (PAL) as PI-C771

It first flew on Thursday, 5 September 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
Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (TACA), Falconair Charter AB and Malmö Aero AB


Photo of Viscount c/n 324
Skyline Sweden AB


Sweden flag Sweden

Its final owner/operator was
Skyline Sweden AB as SE-CNM.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Bulltofta Airport, Malmö, Sweden in June 1970. Broken up for scrap in October 1971.


Operational record
Photo of Philippine Air Lines (PAL) Viscount PI-C771

Country of Registration Philippines

September 1957 to October 1957

Philippine Air Lines (PAL)

PI-C771 - c/n 324 - a V.784D series Viscount
Philippines registered

5 September 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

18 September 1957
Delivered to Philippine Air Lines (PAL) fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

September 1957
Noted at London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

Was it painted at London Airport in Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (TACA) livery?

Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

9 October 1957
Leased to Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (TACA).


Photo of Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (TACA) Viscount YS-06C

Country of Registration El Salvador

October 1957 to November 1958

Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (TACA)

YS-06C - c/n 324 - a V.784D series Viscount
El Salvador registered

David Carter illustration of Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos Viscount YS-06C

Viscount illustrations by David Carter


9 October 1957
Leased from Philippine Air Lines (PAL) in fully livery still fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

12 November 1958
Returned to Philippine Air Lines (PAL).


Photo of Philippine Air Lines (PAL) Viscount PI-C771

Country of Registration Philippines

November 1958 to March 1967

Philippine Air Lines (PAL)

PI-C771 - c/n 324 - a V.784D series Viscount
Philippines registered

12 November 1958
Returned from Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (TACA) lease.

It was still fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks

Philippine Air Lines<br />'Blue and Red Tail' livery.
Philippine Air Lines
'Blue and Red Tail' livery

circa 1965
Painted in the Philippine Air Lines (PAL) 'Blue and Red Tail' livery.

17 October 1965
Suffered a nose undercarriage leg collapse while landing at Bacolod-Silay Airport, Philippines.

This resulted in damaged propellers and shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

There were no injuries to the 4 crew and 15 passengers on board.

Repaired locally and returned to service.

4 November 1966
Withdrawn from service at Manila Airport, Philippines.

Total time 20999:38 hours and 12745 total landings.

2 March 1967
Sold to Falconair Charter AB and registration SE-CNM reserved.


Photo of Falconair Charter AB Viscount PI-C771

Country of Registration Philippines

March 1967 to April 1967

Falconair Charter AB

PI-C771 - c/n 324 - a V.784D series Viscount
Philippines registered

2 March 1967
Purchased from Philippine Air Lines (PAL). The sale was brokered through the Refinance Corporation of London.

19 April 1967
Arrived at Bulltofta Airport, Malmö, Sweden on delivery. The Philippine registration was immediately cancelled.

Total time 21613 hours.

17 April 1967
Re-registered for Falconair Sweden AB.


Photo of Falconair Charter AB Viscount SE-CNM

Country of Registration Sweden

April 1967 to April 1971

Falconair Charter AB

SE-CNM - c/n 324 - a V.784D series Viscount
Sweden registered

17 April 1967
Re-registered for Falconair Sweden AB.

18 May 1967
Swedish Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) number 2368 issued and aircraft issued with C of R number 2258.

28 May 1967
First service for Falconair to Cointrin Airport, Geneva, Switzerland.

17 July 1967
Arrived at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England on its first visit.

Collided with a snow embankment.

4 April 1968
During a positioning flight the aircraft landed at Seutula Airport, Helsinki, Finland and veered to the left and despite the crew trying to correct it with opposite rudder, steering and brakes it ran off the side of the runway and collided with a snow embankment.

The nose undercarriage leg was torn off and all four propellers were curled resulting in shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

The accident was found to be caused by a component failure within the No.3 propeller system which prevented it from providing any braking action and forced the aircraft to sharply turn to port.

There were no reported injuries to the 4 crew and 1 cabin occupant on board.

27 June 1968
After repairs the aircraft was issued with a temporary permit to fly and carried out a local test flight.

7 July 1968
Ferried to Bulltofta Airport, Malmö, Sweden, still under the temporary permit to fly.

8 July 1968
Test flown for Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) renewal.

30 June 1970
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) expired.

The aircraft was withdrawn from service and stored at Bulltofta Airport, Malmö, Sweden.

1 April 1971
Sold to Malmö Aero AB.


Photo of Malmö Aero AB Viscount SE-CNM

Country of Registration Sweden

April 1971 to August 1971

Malmö Aero AB

SE-CNM - c/n 324 - a V.784D series Viscount
Sweden registered

1 April 1971
Purchased from Falconair Charter AB.

The aircraft remained stored at Bulltofta Airport, Malmö, Sweden.

It was then robbed of all useful parts, particularly the valuable Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines.

20 August 1971
Title transferred to Skyline Sweden AB. Malmö Aero were part of the same group.


Photo of Skyline Sweden AB Viscount SE-CNM

Country of Registration Sweden

August 1971 to October 1971

Skyline Sweden AB

SE-CNM - c/n 324 - a V.784D series Viscount
Sweden registered

20 August 1971
Title transferred from Malmö Aero AB who were part of the same group.

The full name of the company was: - Skyline Drangel Och Nordström AB after the two owners Lennart Nordström and Christoffer Drangel.

The aircraft remained stored at Bulltofta Airport, Malmö, Sweden.

October 1971
Broken up for scrap.

The airport closed 3 December 1972 with the opening of the new Sturup Airport, which was further away from the city centre.

23 March 1976
Registration cancelled as aircraft scrapped.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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