VH-RMI. Vickers Viscount 832. c/n 416.

 

This aircraft was built at the Vickers-Armstrong Hurn factory

Ordered new by Ansett-ANA - July 23, 1958

First flown - April 08, 1959

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RMI - April 23, 1959

Registered to Ansett-ANA, Melbourne

Itv was originally configured with 52 seats but was later changed to 63 seats

Departed Blackbushe on the delivery flight to Australia - April 24, 1959

Arrived at Melbourne (Essendon) on completion of the delivery flight - April 29, 1959

Delivery route: Blackbushe - Rome - Beirut - Bahrain - Karachi - Delhi - Calcutta - Bangkok - Saigon - Zamboanga -

Biak - Darwin - Alice Springs - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captains J. Macalister, D. H. Johnstone, C. E. Wright; Navigator C. Mushe; Engineer D. Colquhoun

Operated first revenue service - May 1959

This aircraft was destroyed when it broke-up on descent into Winton, Queensland - September 22, 1966

The aircraft was operating the regular Mt Isa - Longreach - Brisbane service as AN149

Flight crew: Captains K. Cooper, J. Gillam; Hostesses N. Davis, B. Heeschen

Pilots reported a fire in the Number 2 port engine as a result of the cabin pressurisation blower failure

This fire spread to the port wing fuel tank causing the in-flight failure of the port wing main spar

Wreckage found on Nadjayamba Station, 17.7 km from Winton

Killed were the 4 crew member and the 20 passengers

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 22, 1966

The aircraft had flown 18,644 hours with 12,858 cycles

To read about the accident investigation please click 'HERE'

 

VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at Launceston Airport, October 1960.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at Launceston Airport, October 1960.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - in the original livery at an unknown airport, circa 1960.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1963.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - in the revised livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, date unknown.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1964.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1965.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, date unknown.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 1966.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - the crash scene investigation at Nadjayamba Station, September 1966.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - the crash scene investigation at Nadjayamba Station, September 1966.

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VH-RMI. Ansett-ANA - the crash scene investigation at Nadjayamba Station, September 1966.

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