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Viscount c/n 342

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 342
Deutsche Lufthansa AG


Germany flag Germany

This V.814 series Viscount was built for
Deutsche Lufthansa AG as D-ANUR

It first flew on Monday, 16 February 1959 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Condor Flugdienst GmbH, Ghana Airways, Nora Air Services (NAS), Airwork Services Ltd, Sultan of Oman's Air Force (SOAF), Alidair, Cyprus Airways, Dan-Air London and Skyline Sweden


Photo of Viscount c/n 342
West Africa Air Cargo


Ghana flag Ghana

Its final owner/operator was
West Africa Air Cargo as 9G-ACL.

Its fate:-
Crashed into a house while landing at Spriggs Payne Airport, Monrovia, Liberia 10 June 1978. Broken up for scrap after removal of all useful parts by Alidair to support their Viscounts.


Operational record
Photo of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Viscount D-ANUR

Country of Registration Germany

March 1959 to March 1963

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

D-ANUR - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

15 June 1956
An order was placed by Deutsche Lufthansa AG for nine aircraft.

16 February 1959
First flight from Weybridge Airfield, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying as the runway at Weybridge was too short for a completed aircraft to takeoff.

8 March 1959
Delivered to Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

15 March 1963
Leased to Condor Flugdienst GmbH.


Photo of Condor Flugdienst GmbH Viscount D-ANUR

Country of Registration Germany

March 1963 to November 1967

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

D-ANUR - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

15 March 1963
Leased from Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Painted in the Condor Flugdienst 'White tail' livery.
Painted in the Condor Flugdienst 'White tail' livery.

circa 1963
Painted in the Condor Flugdienst 'White tail' livery.

Painted in the Condor Flugdienst 'Yellow tail' livery.
Painted in the Condor Flugdienst 'Yellow tail' livery.

circa 1964
Painted in the Condor Flugdienst 'Yellow tail' livery.

1 November 1967
Sub-leased to Ghana Airways.


Photo of Ghana Airways Viscount D-ANUR

Country of Registration Germany

November 1967 to June 1968

Ghana Airways

D-ANUR - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

1 November 1967
Sub-leased from Condor Flugdienst GmbH, leased from Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

21 June 1968
Returned to Condor Flugdienst.


Photo of Condor Flugdienst GmbH Viscount D-ANUR

Country of Registration Germany

June 1968 to August 1969

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

D-ANUR - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

21 June 1968
Returned from Ghana Airways sub-lease, leased from Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

27 August 1969
Returned to Deutsche Lufthansa AG.


Photo of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Viscount D-ANUR

Country of Registration Germany

August 1969 to October 1971

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

D-ANUR - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

27 August 1969
Returned from Condor Flugdienst GmbH lease.

October 1971
Sold to Nora Air Services (NAS).


Photo of Nora Air Services (NAS) Viscount D-ANUR

Country of Registration Germany

October 1971 to October 1971

Nora Air Services (NAS)

D-ANUR - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

October 1971
Purchased from Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

21 October 1971
Rolled out at Fuhlsbuttel Airport, Hamburg, West Germany in full NAS - Nora Air Services livery but the sale was not completed as NAS were having financial difficulties.

Aircraft retained by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.


Photo of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Viscount D-ANUR

Country of Registration Germany

October 1971 to January 1972

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

D-ANUR - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

21 October 1971
Rolled out at Hamburg, Germany in full Nora Air Services (NAS) livery but the sale to NAS not completed as they were having financial difficulties. The aircraft remained stored at Fuhlsbuttel Airport, Hamburg, West Germany.

18 January 1972
Sold to Airwork Services Ltd.


Photo of Airwork Services Ltd Viscount D-ANUR

Country of Registration Germany

January 1972 to February 1972

Airwork Services Ltd

D-ANUR - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

18 January 1972
Purchased from Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

18 January 1972
Ferried from Fuhlsbuttel Airport, Hamburg, West Germany to Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England in NAS - Nora Air Services livery minus titles.

11 February 1972
Rolled out in SOAF - Sultan of Oman's Air Force livery with military serial applied.

14 February 1972
Re-registered as G-AZNH.


Photo of Airwork Services Ltd Viscount G-AZNH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1972 to February 1972

Airwork Services Ltd

G-AZNH - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

14 February 1972
Re-registered for Airwork Services Limited but the registration was never applied to the aircraft.

22 February 1972
Sold to Sultan of Oman's Air Force (SOAF).


Photo of Sultan of Oman's Air Force (SOAF) Viscount 503

Country of Registration Oman

February 1972 to January 1975

Sultan of Oman's Air Force (SOAF)

503 - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
Oman registered

22 February 1972
Purchased from Airwork Services Limited.

12 September 1972
Departed Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on delivery to SOAF - Sultan of Oman's Air Force.

2 November 1972
UK registration G-AZNH cancelled as aircraft exported.

circa 1974
Withdrawn from service and stored at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Dorset, England. Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net

10 January 1975
Sold to Alidair.


Photo of Alidair Viscount G-AZNH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1975 to July 1976

Alidair

G-AZNH - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

10 January 1975
Purchased from Sultan of Oman's Air Force (SOAF). The sale was brokered through Airwork Services Limited.

31 January 1975
Delivered from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Dorset, England to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

14 March 1975
Registered to Alidair. This registration had previously been used by Airwork Services Limited but was never applied to the aircraft.

27 March 1975
Test flown from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England and a Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

29 March 1975
Rolled out in full Alidair livery at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

31 March 1975
First flight in full Alidair livery from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

1 April 1975
Entered service with Alidair from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England. The aircraft was fitted out with a 44 seat VIP interior including an 8 seat lounge area for executive charters. The charter rates were comparable to a Hawker Siddeley HS125 executive jet which could only carry 8 passengers.

29 July 1975
Operated a special 25th anniversary flight from RAF Northolt, England to Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France to celebrate the original BEA flight carried out by prototype Viscount G-AHRF (C/N 1).

2 September 1975
Ferried to Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, Scotland for operation by Alidair's Scottish services.

Damaged during a landing at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands.
Damaged at Guernsey
Channel Islands

14 September 1975
Damaged at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands at 09:00 local time after the nose undercarriage leg collapsed during the landing in a crosswind. There were no injuries to the 4 crew and 78 passengers on board. The pilot in charge was Captain John Taylor and the two Stewardesses were Mrs Yvette Rowland and Miss Kate Liver who were later seen smiling for a press photographer inside the terminal building.

The aircraft was operating a charter flight on behalf of the East Midlands Area Retail Fruit Trade Association including its Chairman Mr F T Strange who was sitting at the front of the cabin. Also on board as a passenger was Captain Roger J Dadd, the managing director of Alidair, who was seated at the rear of the cabin. He was visiting Guernsey on business.

After the accident Mr Strange described the landing; "The plane shot up and bounced like hell. It hit the deck like a ton of bricks and bounced up again. No bones were broken but people were frightened to death and were still shaking when they reached the terminal building. We felt the plane swinging from left to right. The nose portion was right down and when we got out we saw that all the tips of the propellers were buckled. Smoke was coming from near the nose of the aircraft but there was no flame so we got down a ladder".

Captain Dadd was interviewed afterwards and said that despite the strong crosswind the windspeed at the time of the landing was well within the capabilities of the aircraft and that stronger winds were encountered in the north of Scotland without difficulty. He said that it was not yet known why the nose undercarriage leg folded up.

Damaged during a landing at Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands.
Subjected to a
full investigation

The aircraft blocked the runway for four hours causing major disruptions to the airport, which reopened in the afternoon, although Aurigny still managed to operate their Britten-Norman Trilanders due to their short-field performance. After the aircraft was removed from the runway it was taken to a suitable area and subjected to a full investigation by Department of Trade and Industry accident investigators.

The cause of the nose undercarriage leg collapse was found to be a sheared supporting 'A' frame which was already cracked at the time of the landing. Captain Dadd stated that the crack must had started fairly recently as the area was fully inspected during a routine maintenance check about 20 to 30 flying hours ago as it was already a known weakness. He also stated that repairs would cost in the region of £80,000 but that the aircraft was fully insured.

February 1976
Returned to service after extensive repairs to the nose area and fitment of replacement propellers and repaired Dart engines. The repairs took much longer than expected, as the original estimate was two and a half months from the time of the accident.

UK Industrial Tribunal report January 1977
The decision from UK Industrial Tribunal was of interest to aircrews, particularly those who fly out of Britain.

In the case of Taylor versus Alidair, that resulted from the Viscount accident in Guernsey in September 1975. The aircraft, owned and operated by Alidair and flown by Captain John Taylor, bounced on landing and the nose undercarriage collapsed. The aircraft was seriously damaged but nobody was hurt.

Captain Taylor's competence had earlier been questioned and he had spent some time under the supervision of two training captains, who both assessed him as above average. He returned to regular flying duties ten days before the accident.

The subsequent investigation revealed that Captain Taylor made an unskilled landing which caused the bounce; that both the rear A-frame drag members of the nosegear mounting structure failed; and that longstanding cracks had been found in the nosegear mounting structure. These points were agreed by all sides, but one question remained in dispute: did the nosegear fail more as a result of fatigue than because Captain Taylor mishandled the recovery from the bounce? The co-pilot for the flight on which the accident occurred was one of the training captains who had earlier supervised Captain Taylor, and his evidence contained no comment on Taylor's handling of the recovery. Nevertheless, Captain Taylor was dismissed as a result of the company's independently chaired inquiry.

He then complained of unfair dismissal to the Employment Tribunal, which found that he had made "an error of judgement of a type which can occur from time to time with even the most experienced pilot, not something justifying dismissal" and that the conduct of the original investigation had been unsatisfactory.

Alidair took this decision to the Appeal Court, where it was reversed. The Appeal Court judge, Mr Justice Bristow, said: "In our judgement there are activities in which the degree of professional skill which must be required is so high, and the potential consequences of the smallest departure of that high standard are so serious, that one failure to perform in accordance with those standards is enough to justify dismissal."

As the law now stands, pilots employed in Great Britain can face dismissal if they make any small error of judgement. Moreover, it seems that the degree of error need not amount to negligence.

3 July 1976
Leased to Cyprus Airways.


Photo of Cyprus Airways Viscount G-AZNH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1976 to August 1976

Cyprus Airways

G-AZNH - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

3 July 1976
Leased from Alidair.

20 August 1976
Returned to Alidair.


Photo of Alidair Viscount G-AZNH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

August 1976 to December 1976

Alidair

G-AZNH - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

20 August 1976
Returned from Cyprus Airways lease at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

4 December 1976
Leased back to Cyprus Airways.


Photo of Cyprus Airways Viscount G-AZNH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1976 to February 1977

Cyprus Airways

G-AZNH - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

4 December 1976
Leased from Alidair.

1 February 1977
Returned to Alidair.


Photo of Alidair Viscount G-AZNH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1977 to February 1977

Alidair

G-AZNH - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 February 1977
Returned from Cyprus Airways lease at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

21 February 1977
Leased to Dan-Air London.


Photo of Dan-Air London Viscount G-AZNH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1977 to March 1977

Dan-Air London

G-AZNH - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

21 February 1977
Leased from Alidair in Alidair livery with Dan-Air London titles.

5 March 1977
Returned to Alidair.


Photo of Alidair Viscount G-AZNH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1977 to March 1977

Alidair

G-AZNH - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

5 March 1977
Returned from Dan-Air London lease at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

10 March 1977
Leased to Skyline Sweden.


Photo of Skyline Sweden Viscount G-AZNH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1977 to June 1977

Skyline Sweden

G-AZNH - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

10 March 1977
Leased from Alidair in Alidair livery with Skyline titles and tail logo.

17 June 1977
Returned to Alidair.


Photo of Alidair Viscount G-AZNH

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1977 to September 1977

Alidair

G-AZNH - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

17 June 1977
Returned from Skyline Sweden lease at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

14 September 1977
Sold to West Africa Air Cargo.


Photo of West Africa Air Cargo Viscount 9G-ACL

Country of Registration Ghana

September 1977 to June 1978

West Africa Air Cargo

9G-ACL - c/n 342 - a V.814 series Viscount
Ghana registered

14 September 1977
Purchased from Alidair.

17 September 1977
Departed East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England on delivery in a modified Alidair livery with West Africa Air Cargo titles.

17 September 1977
Noted at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England on delivery to Africa.

31 March 1978
Noted back with Alidair at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England for maintenance.

Crashed into a house while landing at Spriggs Payne Airport, Monrovia, Liberia.
Crashed at Spriggs Payne
Airport, Monrovia, Liberia

10 June 1978
Crashed into a house while landing at Spriggs Payne Airport, Monrovia, Liberia. There were no fatalities.

Broken up for scrap after removal of all useful parts by Alidair to support their Viscounts.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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