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59 of the 444 Viscounts built survive as complete airframes or major components. Some are in very good condition and are looked after by museums while others are just wrecks. They can be found in 24 countries.

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A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

Viscount c/n 378

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 378

Italy flag Italy

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

It first flew on Sunday, 30 March 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.

Photo of Viscount c/n 378

Italy flag Italy

Its final owner/operator was
Alitalia as I-LIZT.

Its fate:-
Crashed on approach to Ciampino Airport, Rome, Italy 21 December 1959 while on a training flight.

Operational record
Photo of Alitalia Viscount I-LIZT

Country of Registration Italy

April 1958 to December 1959


I-LIZT - c/n 378 - a V.785D series Viscount
Italy registered

May 1956
An order for ten Type 785D was placed by Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI).

Only six were delivered to LAI before the merger with Alitalia.

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

The test flying accumulated 10 hours and 45 minutes.

5 April 1958
Delivered to Alitalia.

4 August 1958
Total time 624:26 hours.

21 December 1959
Crashed on approach to Ciampino Airport, Rome, Italy while on a training flight.

During a semi-annual crew check flight involving an emergency landing practice with the No.3 and No.4 engines feathered an approach was made but the aircraft went into a righthand bank appoximately 400 metres from the runway 16R threshold.

It struck the ground, initially with the starboard wingtip and then with the nose before being destroyed, but without a fire.

Both the pilots were sadly killed.

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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