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Viscount c/n 95

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 95
Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)


Venezuela flag Venezuela

This V.749 series Viscount was built for
Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) as YV-C-AMX

It first flew on Wednesday, 8 February 1956 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 95
Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)


Venezuela flag Venezuela

Its final owner/operator was
Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) as YV-C-AMX.

Its fate:-
Crashed during a flight from Cumaná Airport, Venezuela to the Venezuelan island of Margarita near the summit of La Gloria mountain on approach to Porlamar-del Caribe Mariño International Airport at 09:20 local time 14 August 1974.

The accident was thought to have been caused by bad weather as tropical storm Alma was in the area at the time off the coast of Trinidad. Of the 4 crew including Captain Romelio Carrasquel and 45 passengers on board only the Co-Pilot Iván Magallanes survived the accident but he sadly died 17 days later from severe head injuries.


Operational record
Photo of Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) Viscount YV-C-AMX

Country of Registration Venezuela

March 1956 to August 1974

Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV)

YV-C-AMX - c/n 95 - a V.749 series Viscount
Venezuela registered

Circa 1954
This was the 2nd V.749 ordered by Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV).

Production Aircraft No. 96 - the 96th production V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 51st Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 61st Viscount assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Production Order No. F02/749. Sales Order No. F02/65B. Stock Order No. F44/22B.

3 May 1955
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

30 July 1955
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

8 February 1956
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

13 March 1956
Delivered to Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV).

Painted in the Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) 'blue flash' tail livery.
Linea Aeropostal
Venezolana (LAV) 'Blue Flash
Tail' livery

circa May 1962
Noted at Elmdon Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, England outside the Derby Airways hangar in the Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) 'blue flash' tail livery with the construction number 95 on the tail.

6 November 1962
Noted at Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England undergoing maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

Painted in the Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) 'blue cheatline' livery.
Linea Aeropostal
Venezolana (LAV) 'Blue Cheat
Line' livery

circa 1966
Painted in the Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) 'blue bird' livery with the construction number 95 on the tail.

25 February 1968
Noted at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland, presumably entering the UK for maintenance.

March 1968
Noted at Wymeswold Airfield, Leicestershire, England undergoing maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

June 1971
Noted at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England undergoing maintenance with Field Aircraft Services Ltd.

February 1972
Noted at Simón Bolívar International Airport, Maiquetia, Vargas, Caracas, Venezuela now named as 'Mara'.

14 August 1974
Crashed during a flight from Cumaná Airport, Venezuela to the Venezuelan island of Margarita near the summit of La Gloria mountain on approach to Porlamar-del Caribe Mariño International Airport at 09:20 local time.

The accident was thought to have been caused by bad weather as tropical storm Alma was in the area at the time off the coast of Trinidad.

Of the 4 crew including Captain Romelio Carrasquel and 45 passengers on board only the Co-Pilot Iván Magallanes survived the accident but he sadly died 17 days later from severe head injuries.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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