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Viscount c/n 398

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 398
Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)


Brasil flag Brasil

This V.827 series Viscount was built for
Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) as PP-SRD

It first flew on Thursday, 23 October 1958 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 398
Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)


Brasil flag Brasil

Its final owner/operator was
Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) as PP-SRD.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond economic repair during a landing at Dois de Julho Airport, Salvador, Brasil 15 May 1973.

Immediately after it touched down during a heavy rainstorm it veered off the lefthand side of the runway resulting in the collapse of the undercarriage. There were no injuries to those on board. Poor visibility in the driving rain and problems with the windscreen wipers were cited as probable causes. It was subsequently declared as beyond economic repair and written off. Broken up for scrap after the removal of all useful parts.


Operational record
Photo of Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) Viscount PP-SRD

Country of Registration Brasil

November 1958 to May 1973

Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP)

PP-SRD - c/n 398 - a V.827 series Viscount
Brasil registered

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

31 October 1958
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England carrying out crew training and ILS approaches.

10 November 1958
Handed over to Viação Aérea São Paulo SA (VASP) fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

One report states that it was fitted

It was then noted back at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England, again carrying out crew training and ILS approaches.

14 November 1958
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to Brasil.

One report states that it was fitted with extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks but no photograph has yet been found to confirm this.

The crew consisted of Captain's Roberto Pedrosa, Alfredo Neumann and Casio ……...., with Navigator Calvino and Flight Engineer Franceschini.

The delivery routing took them to Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland - Keflavik Airport, Iceland - Bluie West 8 (BW8) Airfield, Sondre Stromfjord, Western Greenland - Goose Bay Airport, Newfoundland & Labrador - New York, USA - Miami, Florida, USA - San Juan, Puerto Rico and finally Belém, Pará, Brasil before arriving at Conghonas Airport, Sao Paulo, Brasil.

The epic journey took a total of 35 flying hours.

9 December 1966
A flapless landing during crew training at Viracopos Airport, Campinas, São Paulo State, Brasil resulted in the rear fuselage hitting the runway and the violent forward pitch collapsed the nose undercarriage leg.

This resulted in curled propeller blades and shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

The three crew on board were uninjured.

Repaired and returned to service.

15 May 1973
Damaged beyond economic repair during a night landing at Dois de Julho International Airport, Salvador, Brasil.

Immediately after it touched down during a heavy rainstorm it veered off the left side of the runway resulting in the collapse of the undercarriage.

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

Poor visibility in the driving rain and problems with the windscreen wipers were cited as probable causes.

Broken up for scrap after the removal of all useful parts.


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