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Viscount c/n 442

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 442
Austrian Airlines (AUA)


Austria flag Austria

This V.837 series Viscount was built for
Austrian Airlines (AUA) as OE-LAM

It first flew on Friday, 22 July 1960 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Austrian Air Transport, Shackleton Aviation Ltd and Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC)


Photo of Viscount c/n 442
Lineas Aereas la Urraca (LAU)


Colombia flag Colombia

Its final owner/operator was
Lineas Aereas la Urraca (LAU) as HK-1347.

Its fate:-
Shortly after departing from El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia on a service to San Andrés, Colombia 21 January 1972 the aircraft exploded and crashed near Funza, Colombia 32 kms from Bogotá. There was a rainstorm in the area at the time. All 5 crew and 15 passengers were sadly killed. The cause of this accident has never been established, mainly due to a lack of substantial structures and systems to examine.


Operational record
Photo of Austrian Airlines (AUA) Viscount OE-LAM

Country of Registration Austria

August 1960 to April 1964

Austrian Airlines (AUA)

OE-LAM - c/n 442 - a V.837 series Viscount
Austria registered

22 July 1960
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It was then noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England carrying out a single ILS approach and overshoot.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

26 July 1960
Arrived at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England from Frankfurt, West Germany to clear customs.

It then flew to Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England.

3 August 1960
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England to London Airport (Heathrow), Middlesex, England on delivery to Austrian Airlines (AUA) but not yet named.

It was fitted with integral front 'airsteps' and extended range 'slipper' fuel tanks.

Named as 'L.v. Beethoven' (Ludwig van Beethoven) after arrival in Austria.

The name was painted on the forward cabin door.

circa 1963
The name was repositioned on the lower forward fuselage after the introduction of a revised livery.

22 April 1964
Leased to Austrian Air Transport.


Photo of Austrian Air Transport Viscount OE-IAM

Country of Registration Austria

April 1964 to April 1970

Austrian Air Transport

OE-IAM - c/n 442 - a V.837 series Viscount
Austria registered

22 April 1964
Leased from Austrian Airlines (AUA) and re-registered.

It remained in full Austrian Airlines (AUA) livery still named as 'L.v. Beethoven' (Ludwig van Beethoven).

Austrian Air Transport was a subsidiary of Austrian Airlines (AUA) who held a 40% share.

26 May 1966
Noted at Heathrow Airport, London, England operating a service for Austrian Airlines (AUA) from / to Vienna.

26 June 1968
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England.

April 1970
Returned to Austrian Airlines (AUA).


Photo of Austrian Airlines (AUA) Viscount OE-IAM

Country of Registration Austria

April 1970 to October 1971

Austrian Airlines (AUA)

OE-IAM - c/n 442 - a V.837 series Viscount
Austria registered

April 1970
Returned from Austrian Air Transport lease.

circa September 1971
Sold to Shackleton Aviation Ltd.


Photo of Shackleton Aviation Ltd Viscount OE-IAM

Country of Registration Austria

October 1971 to November 1971

Shackleton Aviation Ltd

OE-IAM - c/n 442 - a V.837 series Viscount
Austria registered

circa September 1971
Purchased from Austrian Airlines (AUA) and ferried to Baginton Airport, Coventry, Warwickshire, England in ex AUA livery less titles.

3 November 1971
Sold to Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC).


Photo of Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC) Viscount HK-1347

Country of Registration Colombia

November 1971 to December 1971

Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC)

HK-1347 - c/n 442 - a V.837 series Viscount
Colombia registered

3 November 1971
Purchased from Shackleton Aviation Ltd.

26 November 1971
Departed on delivery to Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC) in ex Austrian Airlines (AUA) livery less titles with the Colombian registration applied without the hyphen together with HK-1267 (C/N 441).

27 November 1971
Noted at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands and at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland clearing customs and refuelling before travelling on to Reykjavik Airport, Iceland.

circa December 1971
Leased to Lineas Aereas la Urraca (LAU).


Photo of Lineas Aereas la Urraca (LAU) Viscount HK-1347

Country of Registration Colombia

December 1971 to January 1972

Lineas Aereas la Urraca (LAU)

HK-1347 - c/n 442 - a V.837 series Viscount
Colombia registered

circa December 1971
Leased from Transportes Aereas del Cesar Ltda (TAC) in full LAU livery named as 'Pipatón'.

Pipatón was an indigenous Chieftain who led the resistance of the Yariguí people.

21 January 1972
Shortly after departing from El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia on a service to San Andrés, Colombia the aircraft exploded and crashed near Funza, Colombia, 32 kms from Bogotá. There was a rainstorm in the area at the time.

All 5 crew and 15 passengers were sadly killed.

Total time 17,705 hours and 14,845 total landings.

The cause of this accident has never been established, mainly due to a lack of substantial structures and systems to examine.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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