List of accidents and incidents involving the Vickers Viscount

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This aircraft, D-ANEF, later crashed while landing on 28 January 1972[1]

As World War II came to a close the British government realised that it was going to have to drastically change its air manufacture industry to avoid becoming dependent on American aircraft companies. To address this issue the Brabazon Committee was formed in 1943 to investigate the future needs of the British Empire's civilian airliner market. As a direct result of the specifications spelled out by the Brabazon Committee the Vickers Viscount was created. A medium-range turboprop airliner first flown in 1948 by Vickers-Armstrongs, making it the first such aircraft to enter service in the world. It would go on to be one of the most successful of the first-generation post-war transports, with 445 being built.

Of that relatively large number of 445 aircraft there have been over 150 accidents and incidents, including 144 hull losses. An accident or incident can involve anything from slight damage to total write-off and crash with all people on board killed. The first incident was on 27 August 1952 when G-AHRF, operated by the UK Ministry of Supply crashed at the Khartoum International Airport.[2] Eventually, with many newer aircraft designs available, the Viscount was phased out of operations by industrial nations but one remains airworthy (as of April 2010) in the undeveloped world, and another remains flyable in the United States. In April 2003, 9Q-CGL of Trans Intair was damaged on landing at a gravel strip in the Congo. The pilots attempted to take off with damaged engines but as the aircraft was gaining altitude a second engine failed and the aircraft crashed into some trees becoming a total write-off.[3]

1950s[edit]

G-ALWE at Ringway in 1953
G-AOHJ of BEA, sister aircraft to G-AOHP

1960s[edit]

A Viscount of Cambrian Airways
A Viscount of Aer Lingus
  • On 21 September 1967, EI-AKK of Aer Lingus was damaged beyond economic repair when it made a wheels-up landing at Bristol Lulsgate Airport.[84]
  • On 28 November 1967, N7465 of United Air Lines was damaged beyond economic repair at Raleigh-Durham International Airport when the nose wheel collapsed on landing.[85]
  • On 8 December 1967, FAB2100 of Força Aérea Brasiliera was written off at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport when the undercarriage malfunctioned.[86]
  • On 11 December 1967, N7429 of United Air Lines was damaged beyond economic repair when it overran the runway at Akron-Canton Airport.[87]
  • On 24 March 1968, EI-AOM, operating Aer Lingus Flight 712 broke up in mid-air and crashed into the Irish Sea, killing all 61 on board. Speculation that the aircraft had been shot down by the Royal Air Force was finally ruled out in 2002, with a structural failure of the port tailplane identified as a likely cause.[88]
  • On 4 May 1968, G-APPU of Channel Airways overran the runway on landing at Southend Airport having landed at too high a speed. The aircraft was written off.[89]
A Viscount of British Eagle

1970s[edit]

D-ANEF at Köln-Bonn in 1960
A Viscount in Alidair livery
  • On 25 October 1979, G-BFYZ of Alidair was damaged beyond economic repair when the aircraft departed the runway at Kirkwall Airport after #4 propeller struck the runway. The nosewheel collapsed when the aircraft reached an intersecting runway.[142]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

  • On 24 July 2001, 3D-OHM of Transtel was damaged beyond economic repair in a take-off accident at N'Djamena International Airport when the aircraft departed the runway, damaging the engines and propellors.[170] Although written off by the insurers, the aircraft was repaired. Repairs were almost complete when a soldier accidentally discharged his firearm, puncturing a fuel tank.[171]
  • In April 2003, 9Q-CGL of Trans Intair was damaged on landing at a gravel strip in the Congo. A take-off with only three engines operable was attempted but a second engine failed and the aircraft crashed into some trees. The aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair.[3]

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