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Viscount c/n 392

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 392
Northeast Airlines Inc


United States flag United States

This V.798D series Viscount was built for
Northeast Airlines Inc as N6598C

It first flew on Sunday, 21 December 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, Irving Trust Company, Potash Company of America, Ideal Basic Industries Inc, Red Maurite Inc, Bendix Corporation, U C Leasing Inc, Charlie Rich Enterprises, World West Aviation Inc, Ronald J Clark, Go Transportation Inc, Fred S Brown Enterprises, Bank of America, Viscount Air Service Inc, Turbo Aire Holdings Inc, Jadepoint USA and Restauraciones Aeronauticas


Photo of Viscount c/n 392
Aeroeslava


Mexico flag Mexico

Its final owner/operator was
Aeroeslava as XA-SCM.

Its fate:-
Purchased from Turbo Aire Holdings Inc by Aeroeslava in June 1992 and spent most of its time grounded as they never obtained a full operating permit.

Crashed into Cerro Xocotlihuipa mountain in the Sierra de Puebla, 30 kms east of Mexico City, Mexico 27 July 1992 during a positioning flight in poor weather. Sadly, all four on board were killed.


Operational record
Photo of Northeast Airlines Inc Viscount N6598C

Country of Registration United States

January 1959 to September 1963

Northeast Airlines Inc

N6598C - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

1958
Fuselage initially constructed as a replacement aircraft for Capital Airlines, probably to replace a crashed aircraft.

21 December 1958
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth , Hampshire, England.

8 January 1959
Handed over to Northeast Airlines Inc fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

10 January 1959
Departed from Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England on delivery.

27 April 1962
Just after take-off from La Guardia Airport, New York, New York at 07:38 on a scheduled domestic passenger service to Washington, DC, USA a fire warning alarm for the No.3 Rolls-Royce Dart engine sounded.

The crew shut down the No.3 Rolls-Royce Dart engine and feathered the propeller and after dumping fuel returned to La Guardia Airport for an emergency landing.

The pilot in command misjudged the approach distance and speed and had to swerve to avoid a dyke at the end of the runway resulting in a ground loop.

The undercarriage collapsed causing substantial damage to the underside of the aircraft and propellers with resultant shockloading of the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

There were no reported injuries to the 23 passengers and 4 crew on board.

The fire warning was found to be false and was caused by a 'system discrepancy'.

Repaired and returned to service including replacement Rotol propellers and Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

9 September 1963
Repossessed by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd due to outstanding purchase payments. The airline continued to operate its New England routes with additional Douglas DC-6B aircraft, having gained a Government subsidy of US3,700,000 which was recommended by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). It had however already lost its routes to Florida.


Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount N6598C

Country of Registration United States

September 1963 to October 1963

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

N6598C - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

9 September 1963
Repossessed from Northeast Airlines Inc due to outstanding purchase payments.

5 October 1963
Sold by auction at Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts, USA together with eight other Northeast Airlines Inc Viscounts for a total of US$3,215,000 which meant an average sale price of approximately US$357,000 compared to the US$1,700,000 original sale price. The actual debt amount is not known. The aircraft was purchased by the Irving Trust Company.


Photo of Irving Trust Company Viscount N6598C

Country of Registration United States

October 1963 to April 1984

Irving Trust Company

N6598C - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

5 October 1963
Purchased from Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd at an auction at Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts, USA for approximately US$357,000 (the average of the total sale of nine aircraft).

8 April 1964
Sold to the Potash Company of America.


Photo of Potash Company of America Viscount N6598C

Country of Registration United States

April 1964 to December 1967

Potash Company of America

N6598C - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

8 April 1964
Purchased from the Irving Trust Company.

30 December 1967
Sold to Ideal Basic Industries Inc.


Photo of Ideal Basic Industries Inc Viscount N6598C

Country of Registration United States

December 1967 to December 1969

Ideal Basic Industries Inc

N6598C - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

30 December 1967
Purchased from the Potash Company of America.

30 December 1969
Sold to the Bendix Corporation.


Photo of Bendix Corporation Viscount N6598C

Country of Registration United States

December 1969 to March 1974

Bendix Corporation

N6598C - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

30 December 1969
Purchased from Ideal Basic Industries Inc.

1 March 1974
Sold to U C Leasing Inc.


Photo of U C Leasing Inc Viscount N6598C

Country of Registration United States

March 1974 to April 1974

U C Leasing Inc

N6598C - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

1 March 1974
Purchased from the Bendix Corporation.

30 March 1974
Noted at Memphis Airport, Tennessee painted up in a pale blue livery and named as 'Silver Fox I'.

8 April 1974
Registered to U C Leasing Inc.

9 April 1974
Leased to Charlie Rich Enterprises Inc.


Photo of Charlie Rich Enterprises Inc Viscount N6598C

Country of Registration United States

April 1974 to May 1977

Charlie Rich Enterprises Inc

N6598C - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

9 April 1974
Leased from U C Leasing Inc.

10 April 1977
Re-registration to N98CR not taken up.

18 May 1977
Returned to U C Leasing Inc.


Photo of U C Leasing Inc Viscount N6598C

Country of Registration United States

May 1977 to May 1977

U C Leasing Inc

N6598C - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

18 May 1977
Returned from Charlie Rich Enterprises Inc lease.

19 May 1977
Sold to World West Aviation Inc.


Photo of World West Aviation Inc Viscount N6598C

Country of Registration United States

May 1977 to May 1977

World West Aviation Inc

N6598C - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

19 May 1977
Purchased from U C Leasing Inc.

20 May 1977
Sold to Ronald J Clark.


Photo of Ronald J Clark Viscount N6598C

Country of Registration United States

May 1977 to May 1977

Ronald J Clark

N6598C - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

20 May 1977
Purchased from World West Aviation Inc.

20 May 1977
Transferred to Go Transportation Inc.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N6598C

Country of Registration United States

May 1977 to May 1979

Go Transportation Inc

N6598C - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

20 May 1977
Transferred from Ronald J Clark still named as 'Silver Fox I'.

1977
Noted painted up for 'The Dave Mason Band' as their personal transport during a US music tour charter.

Used for the Tanya Tucker Music Tour with her logo painted on the nose.
Go Transportation
'Silver and Green' livery

circa 1978
Painted in a new 'Silver and Green' livery with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks fitted when required.

circa 1978
Used for the Tanya Tucker Music Tour with her logo painted on the nose.

13 May 1979
Re-registered N200RC.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N200RC

Country of Registration United States

May 1979 to February 1980

Go Transportation Inc

N200RC - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

13 May 1979
Re-registered from N6598C.

25 February 1980
Sold to Fred S Brown Enterprises.


Photo of Fred S Brown Enterprises Viscount N200RC

Country of Registration United States

February 1980 to December 1981

Fred S Brown Enterprises

N200RC - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

25 February 1980
Purchased from Go Transportation Inc.

December 1981
Sold to Ronald J Clark.


Photo of Ronald J Clark Viscount N200RC

Country of Registration United States

December 1981 to September 1984

Ronald J Clark

N200RC - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

December 1981
Purchased from Fred S Brown.

circa October 1982
Noted with a 'Penguin on a Bike' logo on the nose which related to the Fleetwood Mac 'Mirage' tour, which took place during this period.

March 1984
Noted with a 'Scorpions' logo on the nose for their five month 'Love At First Sting' music tour.

September 1984
Transferred to Go Transportation Inc.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N200RC

Country of Registration United States

September 1984 to June 1986

Go Transportation Inc

N200RC - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

September 1984
Transferred from Ronald J Clark.

June 1986
Repossessed by the Bank of America.


Photo of Bank of America Viscount N200RC

Country of Registration United States

June 1986 to September 1987

Bank of America

N200RC - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

June 1986
Repossessed from Go Transportation Inc.

September 1987
Sold back to Go Transportation Inc.


Photo of Go Transportation Inc Viscount N200RC

Country of Registration United States

September 1987 to October 1987

Go Transportation Inc

N200RC - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

1 September 1987
Purchased back from the Bank of America.

10 September 1987
Chartered by the rock group U2 for the second part of their North American 'Joshua Tree' tour.

1 October 1987
Sold to Viscount Air Service Inc.


Photo of Viscount Air Service Inc Viscount N200RC

Country of Registration United States

October 1987 to February 1988

Viscount Air Service Inc

N200RC - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

1 October 1987
Purchased from Go Transportation Inc.

The aircraft continued to be chartered by the rock group U2 for the second part of their North American 'Joshua Tree' tour.

21 December 1987
The charter by the rock group U2 for the second part of their North American 'Joshua Tree' tour ended.

1 February 1988
Sold to Turbo Aire Holdings Inc.


Photo of Turbo Aire Holdings Inc Viscount N200RC

Country of Registration United States

February 1988 to February 1988

Turbo Aire Holdings Inc

N200RC - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

1 February 1988
Purchased from Viscount Air Service Inc.

2 February 1988
Leased to Jadepoint USA.


Photo of Jadepoint USA Viscount N200RC

Country of Registration United States

February 1988 to December 1991

Jadepoint USA

N200RC - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

2 February 1988
Leased from Turbo Aire Holdings Inc.

December 1991
Returned to Turbo Aire Holdings Inc.


Photo of Turbo Aire Holdings Inc Viscount N200RC

Country of Registration United States

December 1991 to December 1991

Turbo Aire Holdings Inc

N200RC - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

1 December 1991
Returned from Jadepoint USA lease.

2 December 1991
Sold to Restauraciones Aeronauticas .


Photo of Restauraciones Aeronauticas Viscount N200RC

Country of Registration United States

December 1991 to June 1992

Restauraciones Aeronauticas

N200RC - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
United States registered

2 December 1991
Purchased from Turbo Aire Holdings Inc and ferried to Puebla-Huejotsingo Airport, Mexico.

June 1992
Sold to Aero Eslava.


Photo of Aeroeslava Viscount XA-SCM

Country of Registration Mexico

June 1992 to July 1992

Aeroeslava

XA-SCM - c/n 392 - a V.798D series Viscount
Mexico registered

June 1992
Purchased from Restauraciones Aeronauticas.

It spent most of its short time with Aeroeslava grounded as they never obtained an operating permit. The flight crews had very little experience on the Viscount.

27 July 1992
Crashed into Cerro Xocotlihuipa mountain in the Sierra de Puebla, 30 kms east of Mexico City, Mexico.

The aircraft had departed from Puebla-Huejotsingo Airport, Mexico for a positioning flight to Benito Juarez International Airport, Mexico, City.

During the descent from 15,000 feet down to a safe minimum of 12,000 feet it crashed at 16:12 local time into Cerro Xocotlihuipa mountain in the Sierra de Puebla, 30 kms east of Mexico City, Mexico at an altitude of 10,130 feet. Sadly, all four on board were killed.

The weather at the time was rain with poor visibility but the main issue was the descent below the safe minimum altitude by an inexperienced crew.


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