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Viscount c/n 377

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 377
Alitalia


Italy flag Italy

This V.785D series Viscount was built for
Alitalia as I-LIRS

It first flew on Tuesday, 11 March 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 377
Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA)


Ecuador flag Ecuador

Its final owner/operator was
Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) as HC-ARS.

Its fate:-
Crashed 660 feet below the peak of the 20,700 ft Chimborazo Volcano while operating a scheduled domestic service from Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre, Quito to Cuenca Airport, Ecuador 15 August 1976. Despite an intensive search the wreckage could not be found. The wreckage was eventually found 18 February 2003, nearly 27 years later!


Operational record
Photo of Alitalia Viscount I-LIRS

Country of Registration Italy

March 1958 to December 1969

Alitalia

I-LIRS - c/n 377 - a V.785D series Viscount
Italy registered

11 March 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

24 March 1958
Delivered to Alitalia.

Painted in the Alitalia ‘Flag Tail‘ livery.
Alitalia
‘Flag Tail‘ livery

circa 1962
Painted in the Alitalia ‘Flag Tail‘ livery.

1 December 1969
Sold to Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA).


Photo of Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA) Viscount HC-ARS

Country of Registration Ecuador

December 1969 to August 1976

Sociedad Anonima Ecuatoriana de Transportes Aereos (SAETA)

HC-ARS - c/n 377 - a V.785D series Viscount
Ecuador registered

1 December 1969
Purchased from Alitalia.

17 December 1969
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England arriving from Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy at 16:04 local time.

It was on its way to Ecuador, still in full Alitalia livery.

29 January 1972
Noted on maintenance at Field Aircraft Services Ltd, East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

15 August 1976
Crashed 660 feet below the peak of the 20,700 ft Chimborazo Volcano while operating a scheduled domestic service from Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre, Quito to Cuenca Airport, Ecuador. None of the 55 passengers and 4 crew survived. Despite an intensive search the wreckage could not be found.

18 February 2003
The wreckage was eventually found, nearly 27 years later!


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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