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Viscount c/n 380

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Below are the 14 photos we have on file for Viscount c/n 380 together with either the actual date that the photo was taken or an estimate of that date based on clues such as the livery worn or other background information.

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Alitalia
I-LIZO
June 1959

Delivered new to Alitalia. Taken at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France in June 1959.

Photo source - Brian R Burrage collection (gallery 1)

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Alitalia
I-LIZO
June 1960

Taken at the Alitalia crew training centre in Rome, Italy circa June 1960.

Although this is only a mockup, it has been put into this aircraft's photo gallery as Alitalia chose to identify it as I-LIZO.

The simulator in the background is probably a Sud SE210 Caravelle.

Photo source - Roma Press Photo via Colin Higgs

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Alitalia
I-LIZO
June 1967

Delivered new to Alitalia. Taken arriving at Elmas Airport, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy circa June 1967 in a later livery.

The outboard Rolls-Royce Dart engines have already been shut down.

Photo source - Lyubomir Ganchev

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Alitalia
I-LIZO
May 1968

Delivered new to Alitalia. Taken departing from Kloten Airport, Zürich, Switzerland circa May 1968.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Aerolineas Taxi Aéreo Opita (TAO)
HK-1058-X
November 1968

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at Eldorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia in November 1968.

In the photo can be seen Leopoldo di Giulio and Vittorio Noville of Alitalia and Capt Gustavo Suarez General Manager of Aerolineas TAO.

Photo source - Nury Suarez collection

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Aerolineas Taxi Aéreo Opita (TAO)
HK-1058
June 1969

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at Eldorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia in June 1969.

Photo source - Jaime Escobar collection

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Aerolineas Taxi Aéreo Opita (TAO)
HK-1058
June 1971

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at Eldorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia in June 1971 in a later livery.

Photo source - Jaime Escobar collection

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Aerolineas Taxi Aéreo Opita (TAO)
HK-1058
June 1972

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1972.

Photo source - Ed Jones collection

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Aerolineas Taxi Aéreo Opita (TAO)
HK-1058
June 1973

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at an unknown location circa June 1973.

Photo source - Bruno Geiger collection

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Aerolineas Taxi Aéreo Opita (TAO)
HK-1058
August 1973

Purchased from Alitalia. Taken at Eldorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia in August 1973.

The red aircraft behind are Avianca Boeing 727-100s.

Photo source - Peter Gates collection

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Aerolineas Taxi Aéreo Opita (TAO)
HK-1058
June 1974

Purchased from Alitalia. The aircraft crashed into high ground near Cerro El Retiro during the initial descent into Camilo Daza Airport, Cúcuta, Colombia 8 June 1974 after the structural failure of the port tailplane and the mainly shattered remains fell into this gully.

Sadly there was nothing that this large group of rescuers could do for the passengers and crew on board.

Someone has already made up a makeshift cross next to the large dark rock in the foreground.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Aerolineas Taxi Aéreo Opita (TAO)
HK-1058
June 1974

Purchased from Alitalia. The aircraft crashed into high ground near Cerro El Retiro during the initial descent into Camilo Daza Airport, Cúcuta, Colombia 8 June 1974 after the structural failure of the port tailplane and the mainly shattered remains fell into a gully.

This section of fuselage skin with the 'H' of the registration visible shows the extreme impact forces involved.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Aerolineas Taxi Aéreo Opita (TAO)
HK-1058
June 1974

Purchased from Alitalia. The aircraft crashed into high ground near Cerro El Retiro during the initial descent into Camilo Daza Airport, Cúcuta, Colombia 8 June 1974 after the structural failure of the port tailplane.

These outer wing sections have been recovered for assessment by the crash investigation team.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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Aerolineas Taxi Aéreo Opita (TAO)
HK-1058
June 1974

Purchased from Alitalia. The aircraft crashed into high ground near Cerro El Retiro during the initial descent into Camilo Daza Airport, Cúcuta, Colombia 8 June 1974 after the structural failure of the port tailplane.

This is a closeup view of a failed port tailplane spar boom.

Note the 'beach marks' across approx 80% of the surface before it finally failed due to a lack of strength which confirmed that the crack had propagated across the spar under stress loading conditions and sadly remained undetected.

An assessment of the Viscount fleet throughout the world was instigated as a result of this tragic event.

Photo source - Bernie King collection

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