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Viscount c/n 328

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 328
Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI)


Italy flag Italy

This V.785D series Viscount was built for
Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI) as I-LAKE

It first flew on Sunday, 18 August 1957 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 328
Alitalia


Italy flag Italy

Its final owner/operator was
Alitalia as I-LAKE.

Its fate:-
Crashed into Mount Somma (Vesuvius), Italy while approaching Capodichino Airport, Naples, Italy 28 March 1964.

The aircraft was en-route from Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy. The crew elected to carry out a visual approach to runway 24. The aircraft turned onto a wide downwind leg and entered cloud. On losing visual reference it crashed at a height of 2,000 ft in a 20° bank. All of the 40 passengers and 5 crew sadly died.


Operational record
Photo of Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI) Viscount I-LAKE

Country of Registration Italy

August 1957 to October 1957

Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI)

I-LAKE - c/n 328 - a V.785D series Viscount
Italy registered

18 August 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

24 August 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training flights.

30 August 1957
Delivered to Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI).

1 October 1957
Transferred to Alitalia due to a corporate merger.


Photo of Alitalia Viscount I-LAKE

Country of Registration Italy

October 1957 to March 1964

Alitalia

I-LAKE - c/n 328 - a V.785D series Viscount
Italy registered

1 October 1957
Transferred from Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI) due to a corporate merger.

1 January 1958
Operated the first Alitalia Viscount service from London Airport (later known as Heathrow), Middlesex, England to Capodichino Airport, Naples, Italy.

February 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out Instrument Landing System (ILS) training flights.

28 March 1964
Crashed into Mount Somma (Vesuvius) on approach to Capodichino Airport, Naples, Italy.

The aircraft was en-route from Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy. The crew elected to carry out a visual approach to runway 24 and turned onto a wide downwind leg and entered cloud. On losing visual reference it crashed at a height of 2,000 ft in a 20° bank.

All of the 40 passengers and 5 crew sadly died.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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