VH-TVQ. Vickers Viscount 816. c/n 434.


 

Ordered new by Trans-Australia Airlines

Built at the Vickers-Armstrong (Aircraft) Limited Hurn factory

First flown - June 08, 1959

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TVQ - June 18, 1959

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Departed Hurn on the delivery flight to Australia - June 17, 1959

Arrived at Melbourne (Essendon) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - June 24, 1959

Ferry crew: Captains W. O. James, C. L. Browne, M. Baker; Navigator P. B. Stone

The aircraft's arrival was timed to coincide with the arrival of Electra VH-TLA and Friendship VH-TFA

Aircraft was named 'McDouall Stuart'

Operated first revenue service - June 29, 1959

Operated final revenue service Adelaide - Melbourne (Essendon) as TN519 - July 07, 1970

Aircraft was placed in storage at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Aircraft had flown 26,463 hours with 20,535 cycles

The intended sale to Colney Aircraft Sales was not completed - February 1971

A proposed sale to Arkia Israel Inland Airlines was not completed due to political reasons - March 1971

Sold to Consolidated Aviation Holdings Pty Ltd, Sydney - April 17, 1971

Sold to Australian Aircraft Sales Pty Ltd, Sydney - April 17, 1971

Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport - April 17, 1971

This sale was brokered by A.A.S. on behalf of Consolidated Aviation Holdings

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to Taiwan - April 17, 1971

Arrived Taiwan (Taipei) at the conclusion of the ferry flight - April 19, 1971

Ferry route: Melbourne - Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin - Denpasar - Kot Kinbalu - Manila - Taipei

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 19, 1971

Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-2027 - ?

Leased to Merpati Nusantara Airlines - May 24, 1975

Entered onto the Indonesian Aircraft Register as PK-MVL - ?

Returned to Far Eastern Air Transport on termination of lease - March 01, 1983

Sold to Mandala Airlines and regegistered as PK-MVU - 1986

Aircraft was named 'Nias'

Aircraft was badly damaged in a landing accident at Jakarta - June 16, 1988

The starboard undercarriage collapsed on landing causing the aircraft to depart the runway

The propellers on Number 3 and 4 engines were destroyed

Repaired and returned to service

Destoyed when it crashed into Mt Liliboy whilst landing at Ambon's Pattimura Airport - July 24, 1992

Was on the flight from Jakarta to Ambon - crash occurred during second missed approach in heavy rain

Killed were the 7 crew members and 63 passengers

 


 

VH-TVQ. Trans Australia Airlines - in the original 'dayglow' livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-TVQ. Trans Australia Airlines - in the original 'dayglow' livery, location and date unknown.

VH-TVQ. TAA The Nation's Jetline - revised 'dayglow' livery at Launceston Airport, date unknown.

VH-TVQ. TAA The Nation's Jetline - revised 'dayglow' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-TVQ. TAA The Nation's Jetline - revised 'dayglow' livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1961.

VH-TVQ. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the revised 'dayglow' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.
VH-TVQ. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the revised 'dayglow' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.
VH-TVQ. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-TVQ. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Coolangatta Airport, date unknown.

VH-TVQ. TAA The Nation's Jetline - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown.

VH-TVQ. TAA - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-TVQ. TAA - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, May 1968.

VH-TVQ. TAA - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1969.

VH-TVQ. TAA - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1969.

VH-TVQ. TAA - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, July 1970.

VH-TVQ. TAA - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, July 1970.

VH-TVQ. TAA - in the basic livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1971.

PK-MVL. Merpati Nusantara Airlines - in the original livery at Jakarta Airport, December 1976.

PK-MVL. Merpati Nusantara Airlines - in the revised livery at an unknown airport, June 1980.

PK-MVL. Merpati Nusantara Airlines - in the final livery at an unknown airport, July 1981.