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Viscount c/n 245

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 245
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd


England flag England

This V.754D series Viscount was built for
BOAC Associated Companies Ltd as OD-ACX

It first flew on Saturday, 21 December 1957 at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 245
Middle East Airlines (MEA) / Air Liban


Lebanon flag Lebanon

Its final owner/operator was
Middle East Airlines (MEA) / Air Liban as OD-ACX.

Its fate:-
Damaged beyond economic repair after a taxiing accident at El Arish Airport, Gaza Strip, Lebanon 21 April 1964.

As the aircraft was taxiing along, the taxiway collapsed beneath it resulting in serious damage to the underside of the airframe, curling of the propellers and shockloading of the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.


Operational record
Photo of BOAC Associated Companies Ltd Viscount OD-ACX

Country of Registration Lebanon

December 1957 to January 1958

BOAC Associated Companies Ltd

OD-ACX - c/n 245 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

circa June 1955
This was the 6th V.754 ordered by BOAC Associated Companies Ltd for use by Middle East Airlines (MEA).

Production Order No. F07/754. Sales Order No. F07/97B. Stock Order No. F38/32B.

December 1957
Registered to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd for use by Middle East Airlines (MEA).

21 December 1957
First flight from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

4 January 1958
Delivered to BOAC Associated Companies Ltd and immediately leased to Middle East Airlines (MEA).


Photo of Middle East Airlines (MEA) Viscount OD-ACX

Country of Registration Lebanon

January 1958 to November 1963

Middle East Airlines (MEA)

OD-ACX - c/n 245 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

4 January 1958
Leased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd in full MEA livery.

August 1961
Purchased from BOAC Associated Companies Ltd while still on lease.

25 September 1963
As the aircraft began its takeoff roll at Beirut International Airport, Lebanon the nose undercarriage leg collapsed resulting in curled propellers and shockload damage to the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

There were no reorted injuries to the 49 passengers and 4 crew on board.

Total time 14,932 hours and 6,810 total landings.

Repaired and returned to service.

November 1963
MEA merged with Air Liban and became Middle East Airlines (MEA) / Air Liban.


Photo of Middle East Airlines (MEA) / Air Liban Viscount OD-ACX

Country of Registration Lebanon

November 1963 to April 1964

Middle East Airlines (MEA) / Air Liban

OD-ACX - c/n 245 - a V.754D series Viscount
Lebanon registered

November 1963
MEA merged with Air Liban and became Middle East Airlines (MEA) / Air Liban.

21 April 1964
Damaged beyond economic repair after a taxiing accident at El Arish Airport, Gaza Strip, Lebanon.

As the aircraft was taxiing along, the taxiway collapsed beneath it resulting in serious damage to the underside of the airframe, curling of the propellers and shockloading of the Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

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

Total time 15,246 hours and 7,167 total landings.

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


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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