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Viscount c/n 360

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 360
Continental Airlines


United States flag United States

This V.812 series Viscount was built for
Continental Airlines as N248V

It first flew on Wednesday, 20 August 1958 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 360
Channel Airways


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
Channel Airways as G-AVJZ.

Its fate:-
Crashed at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England during a Certificate ofAairworthiness (CofA) test flight 3 May 1967.

Shortly before reaching V1 (takeoff decision speed) the No.4 (starboard outer) engine was feathered to simulate a failure but the propeller stayed in the fine pitch position resulting in a massive increase in drag. The aircraft initially climbed to a height of approximately 40 feet but the pilot was unable to control the yaw to starboard and a loss in altitude resulting in the starboard main wheels and wing tip coming back into contact with the runway and grass. The aircraft then veered across the grass until it crashed into a storage compound owned by Aviation Traders Limited on the north side of the airfield resulting in a fire which set alight drums of paint, oil and other imflammable substances that were stored there.

Those on board survived with only minor injuries but two stock checkers, Chris Mundy and Jack Pilgrim, working in the compound were sadly killed. Senior storekeeper 'Mac' McGrevy was seriously injured resulting in months off work.

Remains taken away for scrap.


Operational record
Photo of Continental Airlines Viscount N248V

Country of Registration United States

September 1958 to April 1967

Continental Airlines

N248V - c/n 360 - 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'.

Production Aircraft No. 71 - the 71st production V.800 series Viscount built,
was the 21st V.800 Viscount fuselage assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England,
and the 71st V.800 Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F08/812. Sales Order No. F08/94B. Stock Order No. F10/35B.

29 September 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

21 January 1958
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

20 August 1958
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

Appeared at the SBAC air show at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England.
Appeared at the SBAC air show at Farnborough

31 August 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

1 to 7 September 1958
Appeared at the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) air show at Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England including flying displays flown by Vickers test pilot Brian Trubshaw.

During one of the flypasts it flew in formation with a Supermarine Scimitar F.1 on the starboard side.

13 September 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

16 September 1958
Delivered to Continental Airlines fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

The Viscount V.812 was known by Continental Airlines as the 'Viscount II'.

9 April 1959
After landing at Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas, USA in heavy rain the aircraft was not aligned with the runway centreline despite an instrument landing system (ILS) approach and veered off the runway to the left.

The aircraft continued running parallel to the runway until it struck some landing lights. It came to rest stuck in mud 3,380 feet from the runway approach threshold.

The No.1 propeller and Rolls-Royce Dart engine suffered from shockload damage along with the port flaps and wing structure.

There were no reported injuries to the 39 passengers or 3 crew on board.

Repaired and returned to service.

Painted in the Continental Airlines 'Golden Tail' livery.
Continental Airlines
'Golden Tail' livery

circa 1962
Painted in the Continental Airlines 'Golden Tail' livery.

15 April 1967
Sold to Channel Airways.


Photo of Channel Airways Viscount G-AVJZ

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1967 to May 1967

Channel Airways

G-AVJZ - c/n 360 - a V.812 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

15 April 1967
Purchased from Continental Airlines and delivered to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England still marked as N248V.

17 April 1967
Registered G-AVJZ for Channel Airways.

April 1967
Painted in full Channel Airways livery.

The integral front 'airsteps' were not removed from this aircraft (or C/N 359 and 363), unlike others in the fleet from Continental.

Fire brigade bringing the fire under control.
Fire brigade bringing the fire under control

3 May 1967
Crashed at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England at 14:54 GMT during a Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) test flight crewed by Captains C E Lamberton (P1) and D R Mann together with First Officer B D Willis as an observer who was seated in the cabin during the takeoff.

Shortly before reaching V1 (takeoff decision speed) the No.4 (starboard outer) engine was feathered to simulate a failure but the propeller stayed in the fine pitch position resulting in a massive increase in drag. The pre-flight briefing had proposed that the engine be feathered after the V2 (takeoff safety speed) had been reached.

The aircraft initially climbed to a height of approximately 40 feet but the pilot was unable to control the yaw to starboard and a loss in altitude resulting in the starboard main wheels and wing tip coming back into contact with the runway and grass respectively. The aircraft then veered across the grass until it crashed into a storage compound owned by Aviation Traders Limited on the north side of the airfield resulting in a fire which set alight drums of paint, oil and other imflammable substances that were stored there.

Remains taken away for scrap.
Remains taken away for scrap

Refer to UK Board of Trade Accident Report C.A.P. 316 issued in January 1969 for further details.

Those on board survived with only minor injuries but two stock checkers, Chris Mundy and Jack Pilgrim, working in the compound were sadly killed. Senior storekeeper 'Mac' McGrevy was seriously injured resulting in months off work.

Remains taken away for scrap.

Total time 25,856 hours and 29,049 total landings.

The battered stainless steel aircraft identification plate was salvaged and now forms part of the Brian Burrage collection.
The aircraft identification plate

The battered stainless steel aircraft identification plate was salvaged and now forms part of the Brian R Burrage collection.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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