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Viscount c/n 354

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 354
Continental Airlines


United States flag United States

This V.812 series Viscount was built for
Continental Airlines as N243V

It first flew on Saturday, 31 May 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Capital Airlines (USA)


Photo of Viscount c/n 354
Continental Airlines


United States flag United States

Its final owner/operator was
Continental Airlines as N243V.

Its fate:-
Crashed shortly after takeoff from Amarillo Municipal Airport, Texas, USA 8 July 1962. After a normal takeoff, the pilot in command had been momentarily distracted by rain water dripping onto his sleeve from the direct vision side window. The distraction occurred as the landing gear was being retracted and inadvertent action by the pilot caused the no.2 and no.3 propellers to strike the runway. The pilot carried out an emergency wheels-up landing on a harvested wheat field. Touchdown was about 6,930 feet beyond the end of the runway. A fire resulted that eventually burnt out most of the forward fuselage.


Operational record
Photo of Continental Airlines Viscount N243V

Country of Registration United States

June 1958 to December 1958

Continental Airlines

N243V - c/n 354 - a V.812 series Viscount
United States registered

December 1955
Continental Airlines placed an order for fifteen V.812 aircraft, which were to be marketed by Continental as the 'Viscount II'.

Sales Order No. F02/94B.

31 May 1958
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

14 June 1958
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England on delivery to Continental Airlines fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

December 1958
Leased to Capital Airlines.


Photo of Capital Airlines (USA) Viscount N243V

Country of Registration United States

December 1958 to March 1959

Capital Airlines (USA)

N243V - c/n 354 - a V.812 series Viscount
United States registered

December 1958
Leased from Continental Airlines.

Capital Airlines titles were applied to an otherwise unchanged full Continental livery.

March 1959
Returned to Continental Airlines.


Photo of Continental Airlines Viscount N243V

Country of Registration United States

March 1959 to July 1962

Continental Airlines

N243V - c/n 354 - a V.812 series Viscount
United States registered

March 1959
Returned from Capital Airlines lease.

Crashed at Amarillo Municipal Airport, Texas, USA.
Crashed at Amarillo
Municipal Airport, Texas, USA

8 July 1962
While on a Houston service via Lubbock, Midland, San Angelo and Austin, Texas it crashed at 07:06 local time shortly after takeoff from Amarillo Municipal Airport, Texas, USA. After a normal takeoff run and lift-off from runway 21, the pilot in command had been momentarily distracted by rain water dripping onto his sleeve from the direct vision side window channel.

The distraction occurred as the landing gear was being retracted and inadvertent action by the pilot caused the No.2 and No.3 propellers to strike the runway. The No.4 propeller and engine were damaged by metal pieces projected from the damaged No.3 propeller causing increasingly severe vibrations. As a right wing heaviness developed, a sudden excessive rise of EGT (exhaust gas temperature) of the No.2 and No.3 engines was noted and the pilot carried out an emergency wheels-up landing on a harvested wheat field. Touchdown was about 6,930 feet beyond the end of the runway 21 and 21 degrees right of the extended centreline.

A fire resulted that eventually burnt out most of the forward fuselage. Thankfully there were only minor injuries to the 13 passengers and 3 crew.

Remains scrapped locally.

Total time 11,164 hours and 11,976 total landings.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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