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Viscount c/n 448

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 448
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

England flag England

This V.828 series Viscount was built for
Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd as JA8205

It first flew on Wednesday, 7 March 1962 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.

During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
All Nippon Airways (ANA)

Photo of Viscount c/n 448
Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA)

Indonesia flag Indonesia

Its final owner/operator was
Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA) as PK-MVS.

Its fate:-
Crashed into the sea on approach to Tabing Airport, Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia 10 November 1971 during a thunderstorm. All 7 crew and 62 passengers were sadly killed.

Operational record
Photo of Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd Viscount G-ARWT

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1962 to March 1962

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

G-ARWT - c/n 448 - a V.828 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

April 1960
Order placed by All Nippon Airways (ANA) as a Type 828, initially for three aircraft, followed by two further batches of three.

This is the first one in the second batch.

23 January 1962
Registered to Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd.

7 March 1962
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

24 March 1962
UK Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) issued.

25 March 1962
Departed on delivery to All Nippon Airways (ANA) fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

The ANA titles were not applied until it arrived in Japan.

Photo of All Nippon Airways (ANA) Viscount JA8205

Country of Registration Japan

March 1962 to March 1970

All Nippon Airways (ANA)

JA8205 - c/n 448 - a V.828 series Viscount
Japan registered

25 March 1962
Departed on delivery to All Nippon Airways (ANA) fitted with integral front 'airsteps'.

All Nippon Airways titles in Japanese and the local registration were applied after delivery.

All Nippon Airways titles were later applied in English.

30 March 1962
UK registration cancelled as aircraft exported.

March 1970
Sold to Merpati Nusantara Airlines.

Photo of Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA) Viscount PK-MVS

Country of Registration Indonesia

March 1970 to November 1971

Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA)

PK-MVS - c/n 448 - a V.828 series Viscount
Indonesia registered

March 1970
Purchased from All Nippon Airways (ANA) and named as 'Sabang' which is a city in Aceh, Indonesia. Merpati means Dove (or Pigeon) in Malay and Nusantara means 'of the Indonesian Islands'

10 November 1971
Crashed into the sea between Katang and Barinquin, 60 miles southwest of Padang, West Sumatra, on approach to Tabing Airport, Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia on a service from Jakarta.

All 7 crew and 62 passengers were sadly killed.

The cause of the accident could not be determined as there was no information from the flight crew but there was a thunderstorm in the area at the time. Floating wreckage was not found until three days after the accident, 75 miles off the coast of Sumatra.

Total time 18,497 hours and 15,117 total landings.

Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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