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Viscount c/n 343

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 343
Deutsche Lufthansa AG


Germany flag Germany

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

It first flew on Tuesday, 10 March 1959 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 343
Airwork Services Ltd


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
Airwork Services Ltd as G-AZNP.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond repair after a very heavy landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England during the delivery flight to Airwork Services Ltd 28 January 1972.

The aircraft was so badly damaged that it was deemed beyond economic repair and was written off.

The aircraft was intended for the Sultan of Oman's Air Force (SOAF) using serial number 504.

Robbed of all usable parts and the hulk was moved to the fire dump.

Broken up for scrap circa 1974.


Operational record
Photo of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Viscount D-ANEF

Country of Registration Germany

March 1959 to January 1972

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

D-ANEF - c/n 343 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

15 June 1956
An order was placed by Deutsche Lufthansa AG for seven aircraft, which was later increased to nine.

9 March 1959
German permit to fly issued.

10 March 1959
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

24 March 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England carrying out a single ILS approach and overshoot.

26 March 1959
Registered to Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

31 March 1959
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

4 December 1962
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

23 January 1963
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

15 January 1964
Arrived at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England.

16 January 1964
Departed from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England.

31 January 1966
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

Painted in the Lufthansa 'New font' livery.
Painted in the Lufthansa 'New font' livery.

circa 1967
Painted in the Lufthansa 'New font' livery.

Painted in the Lufthansa 'Blue tail' livery.
Painted in the Lufthansa 'Blue tail' livery.

circa 1968
Painted in the Lufthansa 'Blue tail' livery.

November 1971
The proposed sale to Nora Air Services (NAS) was not completed as they went into liquidation and the aircraft remained in Lufthansa livery.

20 January 1972
Sold to Airwork Services Ltd.


Photo of Nora Air Services GmbH (NAS) Viscount D-ANEF

Country of Registration Germany

November 1971 to November 1971

Nora Air Services GmbH (NAS)

D-ANEF - c/n 343 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

November 1971
The purchase from Lufthansa was not completed as Nora Air Services (NAS) went into liquidation. The aircraft remained in Lufthansa livery.

Oskar Helberg founded Nora Air Services GmbH in August 1970, based at Calden Airport, Kassel, West Germany.


Photo of Airwork Services Ltd Viscount D-ANEF

Country of Registration Germany

January 1972 to February 1972

Airwork Services Ltd

D-ANEF - c/n 343 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

20 January 1972
Purchased from Deutsche Lufthansa AG after the aborted sale to Nora Air Services (NAS).

25 January 1972
Noted at Hamburg Airport, Germany having all Lufthansa titles removed but retaining the German registration in preparation for the delivery flight to Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

28 January 1972
Damaged beyond economic repair after a very heavy landing at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England during the delivery flight.

On the final approach to runway 08 the aircraft developed a high rate of descent. The Captain applied power, but was unable to arrest the rate of descent.

Just before impact the Captain reduced power and the aircraft struck the ground short of the runway. The impact was so severe, that the landing gear was torn away and the aircraft slid approximately 1,100 feet to a halt on the airfield, but off the left of the runway.

A fire broke out at the rear of the No.3 engine nacelle which was quickly extinguished by the airport fire service.

There were no reported injuries to the 2 crew on board.

The aircraft was recovered to an area near the Airwork hangar and lay on its belly awaiting an insurance assessment.

18 February 1972
Registered to Airwork Services Ltd.


Photo of Airwork Services Ltd Viscount G-AZNP

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1972 to December 1974

Airwork Services Ltd

G-AZNP - c/n 343 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

18 February 1972
Registered to Airwork Services Ltd.

The registration was not applied to the aircraft.

22 February 1972
Inspected by the insurance company engineer and declared as 'written off' as it was beyond economic repair.

24 February 1972
Registration cancelled as the aircraft was permanently withdrawn from use.

Total time 20,600 hours and 21,592 total landings.

This aircraft was intended for the Air Force of the Sultanate of Oman (AFSO) using arabic serial ٥٠٤ (504).

This serial was later used on C/N 423.

The aircraft was then robbed of all usable parts and the hulk was moved to the airport fire dump.

circa 1974
Remains finally broken up for scrap.

The actual date is not known. Details please to
information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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