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Viscount c/n 379

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 379
Alitalia


Italy flag Italy

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

It first flew on Wednesday, 23 April 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 379
Somali Airlines


Somalia flag Somalia

Its final owner/operator was
Somali Airlines as 6O-AAJ.

Its fate:-
Burnt out during an emergency landing at Mogadishu Airport, Somalia 6 May 1970.

At about three miles from the airport the pilots had difficulty with the elevator controls. On landing, the nose undercarriage leg hit the runway hard and collapsed, resulting in the aircraft skidding down the runway for 900 metres.

The aircraft was then engulfed in fire. Four crew and 21 passengers escaped onto the runway but 5 passengers sadly died in the plane.


Operational record
Photo of Alitalia Viscount I-LIRP

Country of Registration Italy

April 1958 to August 1968

Alitalia

I-LIRP - c/n 379 - a V.785D series Viscount
Italy registered

circa 1956
This was the 9th V.785 ordered by Alitalia.

Production Aircraft No. 260 - the 260th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 220th Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 210th Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F09/785. Sales Order No. F03/24C. Stock Order No. F22/37B.

27 November 1957
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

16 January 1958
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

23 April 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

29 April 1958
Delivered to Alitalia at Ciampino Airport, Rome, Italy.

12 August 1968
Sold to Somali Airlines.


Photo of Somali Airlines Viscount 6OS-AAJ

Country of Registration Somalia

August 1968 to August 1968

Somali Airlines

6OS-AAJ - c/n 379 - a V.785D series Viscount
Somalia registered

12 August 1968
Purchased from Alitalia.

Late August 1968
Re-registered 6O-AAJ.

Somali Airlines was the flag carrier of Somalia and was established on the 5 March 1964 by the country's then civilian government and Alitalia. Each owned an equal share in the company that offered flights to both domestic and international destinations. This version of the airline discontinued operations after the start of the country's civil war in the early 1990s.


Photo of Somali Airlines Viscount 6O-AAJ

Country of Registration Somalia

August 1968 to May 1970

Somali Airlines

6O-AAJ - c/n 379 - a V.785D series Viscount
Somalia registered

Late August 1968
Re-registered from 6OS-AAJ.

6 May 1970
Burnt out after an emergency landing at Mogadishu Airport, Somalia.

At about three miles from the airport the pilots had difficulty with the elevator controls. They advised the tower of their situation and continued the approach using biased engine power to keep them on track.

On landing the nose undercarriage leg hit the runway hard and collapsed resulting in the aircraft skidding down the runway for 900 metres.

The aircraft was then engulfed in fire. Four crew and 21 passengers escaped onto the runway but 5 passengers sadly died in the plane.

The cause of the loss of some of the flight controls was that there was a fire in the forward baggage hold which had burnt through some of the control cables.

Total time 26,135 hours and 22,100 total landings.

Somali Airlines was the flag carrier of Somalia and was established on the 5 March 1964 by the country's then civilian government and Alitalia. Each owned an equal share in the company that offered flights to both domestic and international destinations. This version of the airline discontinued operations after the start of the country's civil war in the early 1990s.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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