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Viscount c/n 376

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 376
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)


Pakistan flag Pakistan

This V.815 series Viscount was built for
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) as AP-AJG

It first flew on Tuesday, 18 August 1959 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd


Photo of Viscount c/n 376
Luxair


Luxembourg flag Luxembourg

Its final owner/operator was
Luxair as LX-LGC.

Its fate:-
On landing at Findel Airport, Luxembourg 22 December 1969 after a scheduled flight from Rhein-Main Airport, Frankfurt, West Germany, Luxair flight 303 ran off the slippery runway into a snow bank, causing the nose undercarriage leg to fold back against the fuselage. The aircraft was subsequently inspected and found to be damaged beyond economic repair. Broken up for scrap in May 1970.


Operational record
Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount AP-AJG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

August 1959 to September 1959

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

AP-AJG - c/n 376 - a V.815 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

18 August 1959
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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

21 September 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out Instrument Landing System (ILS) approaches.

26 September 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out Instrument Landing System (ILS) approaches.

28 September 1959
Lease to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and departed on delivery via London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.


Photo of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Viscount AP-AJG

Country of Registration Pakistan

September 1959 to April 1966

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)

AP-AJG - c/n 376 - a V.815 series Viscount
Pakistan registered

28 September 1959
Leased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd and delivered via London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England.

The PIA titles were in Urdu script on the port side and Bengali script on the starboard side of the fuselage.

30 September 1959
Noted at Bahrain, Persian Gulf during the delivery to Pakistan.

Later named as 'City of Dacca' which had previously been used on AP-AJE (C/N 337). Was this name ever applied to the aircraft externally? Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

3 July 1964
Due to growth in passenger loads PIA placed an order for Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident IE-103 tri-jet aircraft to replace the Viscount.

The Trident order agreement included the transfer of PIA's remaining three Viscounts to Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd.

Under the agreement these three aircraft were immediately leased back to PIA until the delivery of the three Tridents in 1966.

1 April 1966
Returned to Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd as Vickers was now part of the group.


Photo of Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd Viscount AP-AJG

Country of Registration Pakistan

April 1966 to April 1966

Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd

AP-AJG - c/n 376 - a V.815 series Viscount
Pakistan registered

1 April 1966
Returned from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) lease to Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland.

12 April 1966
Sold to Luxair.


Photo of Luxair Viscount LX-LGC

Country of Registration Luxembourg

April 1966 to May 1970

Luxair

LX-LGC - c/n 376 - a V.815 series Viscount
Luxembourg registered

12 April 1966
Purchased from Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd.

It was repainted in a basic white livery with Luxair titles and tail logo applied.

Initially the tail logo on the starboard side had been applied back-to-front which was later corrected.

Now painted in the Luxair livery.
Luxair's
own livery

1967
Noted in a full Luxair livery with the correct starboard tail logo and now named as 'Prince Guillaume'.

22 December 1969
On landing at Findel Airport, Luxembourg after a scheduled service from Rhein-Main Airport, Frankfurt, West Germany, flight 303 ran off the slippery runway into a snow bank, causing the nose undercarriage leg to fold back against the fuselage.

There were no reported injuries to the passengers and crew on board.

The aircraft was subsequently inspected and found to be damaged beyond economic repair.

May 1970
Broken up for scrap.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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