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Viscount c/n 372

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 372
Ghana Airways


Ghana flag Ghana

This V.838 series Viscount was built for
Ghana Airways as 9G-AAW

It first flew on Saturday, 7 October 1961 at Hurn Airport, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Field Aircraft Services Ltd and Mandala Airlines


Photo of Viscount c/n 372
Skyline Sweden AB


Sweden flag Sweden

Its final owner/operator was
Skyline Sweden AB as SE-FOZ.

Its fate:-
Crashed into a car park at Kälvesta, Sweden whilst on approach to Bromma Airport, Stockholm, Sweden 15 January 1977.


Operational record
Photo of Ghana Airways Viscount 9G-AAW

Country of Registration Ghana

October 1961 to November 1975

Ghana Airways

9G-AAW - c/n 372 - a V.838 series Viscount
Ghana registered

7 October 1961
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

21 October 1961
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to Ghana Airways.

13 September 1963
Arrived at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England to clear UK customs.

14 September 1963
Departed from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England to an unknown UK destination.

17 October 1963
Arrived at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England to clear UK customs.

19 October 1963
Departed from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England on its return to Ghana after maintenance.

14 July 1965
Arrived at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England from Malaga Airport, Spain at 17:16 (local) to clear UK customs.

15 July 1965
Departed from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England at 12:04 (local) to Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England for overhaul by Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

10 September 1965
Arrived at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England from Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England at 16:04 (local) after its overhaul to clear UK customs.

14 September 1965
Departed from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England to Malaga Airport, Spain at 09:20 (local) on its way back to Ghana but returned to Gatwick at 09:54 (local) due to a technical problem.

It then departed at 11:51 (local) to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England for rectification of the defect by Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

It subsequently departed on its return to Ghana.

1 November 1967
Noted at Port-Bouët Airport, Abidjan, Ivory Coast with Nigeria Airways added to the fuselage.

circa June 1975

Withdrawn from service and stored at Accra Airport, Ghana.

July 1975

Noted minus propellers and all the cabin windows..

3 November 1975
Sold to Field Aircraft Services Ltd.


Photo of Field Aircraft Services Ltd Viscount G-BDKZ

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1975 to August 1976

Field Aircraft Services Ltd

G-BDKZ - c/n 372 - a V.838 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

3 November 1975
Purchased from Ghana Airways and re-registered.

9 November 1975
Delivered to Field Aircraft Services at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

A sale to Mandala Airlines as PK-RVO was not completed but the aircraft was test flown carrying the Indonesian registration.

5 August 1976
UK Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

23 August 1976
Sold to Skyline Sweden AB.


Photo of Mandala Airlines Viscount PK-RVO

Country of Registration Indonesia

August 1976 to

Mandala Airlines

PK-RVO - c/n 372 - a V.838 series Viscount
Indonesia registered

1976
A sale from Field Aircraft Services Ltd was not completed but the aircraft was test flown carrying the Indonesian registration.


Photo of Skyline Sweden AB Viscount SE-FOZ

Country of Registration Sweden

August 1976 to January 1977

Skyline Sweden AB

SE-FOZ - c/n 372 - a V.838 series Viscount
Sweden registered

23 August 1976
Purchased from Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

The full name of the company was: - Skyline Drangel Och Nordström AB after the two owners Lennart Nordström and Christoffer Drangel.

It operated services for Linjeflyg and a sticker was applied to the port side of the nose stating 'INHYRT AV LINJEFLYG'.

This was because Linjeflyg were having delivery delays of their new Fokker F28 Fellowships.

15 January 1977
Crashed into a car park at Kälvesta, Sweden whilst on approach to Bromma Airport, Stockholm, Sweden at 08:05 GMT. All 3 crew and 19 passengers were killed. The aircraft was operating a Linjeflyg service, flight number 618 from Kristianstad, Sweden via Växjö, Sweden and Axamo Airport, Jönköping, Sweden.

Eyewitnesses stated that the aircraft was on fire before it crashed but this has never been verified. It pitched down from 1150 feet and crashed vertically into a car park, 4.5 kilometres / 2.8 miles from the airport. The post crash investigation found that the No.2 and No.3 Dart RDa7 Mark 525F engines were running at a reduced power setting which would have affected the temperature of the anti-icing system.

The conclusion was that the horizontal stabilisers had a heavy build up of ice which led to an airflow separation and stall resulting in a loss of pitch control during the approach. The aircraft was virtually consumed by fire along with approximately 10 cars in the car park.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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