ZK-MCH. Hawker Siddeley HS-748-2B-378. c/n 1791-272.
This aircraft was built by Hawker Siddeley Aircraft Limited, Woodford, Manchester, England - 1982
First flown as 'G-BKAL' - April 01, 1982
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-BKAL (CofR G-BKAL/R1) - April 05, 1982
Registered to British Aerospace PLC, Woodford
Departed Woodford on the ferry flight to the United States via Keflavik - April 08, 1982
Arrived Santa Barbara, California on delivery to Tracor Aviation - April 1982
This aircraft was to be fitted out by Tracor prior to it being delivered to Cascade Airways Inc
The American registration 'N119CA' had been reserved but the order was not taken up
The aircraft remained in the United States as a company demonstrator
It conducted a sales tour of Colombia and Venezuela - January 06 - 28, 1983
Ferried United States - England (Woodford) following this sales tour
Sold to Deutsche Luftverkehrsgesell Schaft (DLT), Frankfurt, Germany - November 07, 1983
Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - November 07, 1983
Entered onto the German Aircraft Register as D-AHSD - November 07, 1983
Registered to Deutsche Luftverkehrsgesell Schaft (DLT), Frankfurt, Germany
Operated its first revenue service - ?
The aircraft was withdrawn from service - 1988
Ferried Germany - England following its sale to British Aerospace PLC - November 07, 1988
Cancelled from the German Aircraft Register - December 17, 1988
The aircraft was then prepared for lease to Leeward Islands Air Transport
Entered onto the Antigua Aircraft Register as V2-LDK - December 17, 1988
Registered to British Aerospace PLC, Woodford
Leased to Leeward Islands Air Transport Limited (LIAT), St Johns, Antigua as the registered operator
Departed Manchester on the ferry flight to Antigua in the basic DLT livery without titles - December 17, 1988
Operated its first revenue service - January 14, 1989
It was withdrawn from service and prepared for return to the lessor at the end of the lease - February 1991
Arrived Manchester (Ringway) for storage with FFV Aerotech - February 20, 1991
Handed over to British Aerospace at Manchester (Ringway) - February 21, 1991
Cancelled from the Antigua Aircraft Register - ?
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-BKAL (CofR G-BKAL/R2) - July 28, 1994
Registered to Clewer Aviation Limited, Alton, Hampshire
The registration markings 'G-BKAL' were applied to the aircraft - March 20, 1995
Ferried Manchester (Ringway) - Southend - March 31, 1995
The aircraft was prepared for lease to Necon Air, Nepal
It was rolled out in the pale grey 'Necon Air' livery with the registration '9N-ADF' - April 04, 1995
The lease of this aircraft was not taken up
The aircraft was prepared for lease to Mount Cook Airline, New Zealand
Departed Manchester (Ringway) on the ferry flight to New Zealand - May 14, 1995
Arrived Christchurch on completion of the ferry flight - May 21, 1995
Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - May 22, 1995
It was observed at Christchurch as '9N-ADF' after the registration sticker 'G-BKAL' was removed - May 24, 1995
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-MCH - June 19, 1995
Registered to Mount Cook Airline Limited, Christchurch
The aircraft was not named during its lease to Mount Cook
Operated its first Mount Cook revenue service - July 01, 1995
It was operated in the grey Necon Air livery with Mount Cook titles and tail logo
Operated its final revenue service Palmerston North - Christchurch as NZ5107 - December 10, 1995
Withdrawn from service and stored at Christchurch
Departed New Zealand on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom - March 05, 1996
Arrived Exeter on completion of the ferry flight from New Zealand - March 14, 1996
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - March 22, 1996
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-OJEM (CofR G-OJEM/ R1) - March 22, 1996
Registered to Emerald Airways Limited, Benfleet
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued - April 15, 1996
Ferried Exeter - Woodford for repainting prior to entering service - April 15, 1996
On roll-out at Woodford the aircraft was named 'Tashy's Kite'
This aircraft was damaged beyond repair at London (Stansted) - March 31, 1988
It was operating the scheduled London (Stansted) - Leeds service
The First Officer (F/O) was the handling pilot and had been cleared for take-off from Runway 23 at 23:29 hours
The take-off roll was conducted with full dry power with the water-methanol system selected to 'standby'
At an airspeed of 111 kts the non-handling pilot called 'V-1 rotate'
The handling pilot pulled backwards on the control column and the aircraft became airborne
Less than five seconds after the 'V1-rotate' call with the aircraft now travelling at around 115 kts and at a height
of some 30 - 100 feet, the Number 2 engine suffered a catastrophic failure resulting in a sudden loss of power and
an immediate substantial nacelle fire
The aircraft immediately yawed 11 degrees to the right of the runway heading
The Captain (non-handling pilot) immediately assumed control of the aircraft
The flight deck crew were advised by the senior cabin attendant that the right engine was on fire
Engine power was reduced and the aircraft yawed 14.5 degrees to the left of the runway heading
Four seconds later the engine fire warning bell was recored on the C.V.R.
The aircraft had been airborne for just on 27 seconds before it touched down on the runway
Overrunning the end of the runway at 62 kts it crossed the perimeter road and came to rest after the nose gear collapsed
There were no fatalities to the 44 people who were in the aircraft
Breaking up of the aircraft commenced on site - June 15, 1998
Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - July 27, 1998
D-AHSD. DLT - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0748-129.)
9N-ADF. Necon Air - in the standard livery at Southend Airport, April 1995.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0748-065.)
G-BKAL. Necon Air - in the standard livery at Southend Airport, April 1995.
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ZK-MCH. Mount Cook Airline - in the basic 'Necon Air' livery at Rotorua Airport, May 1995.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0748-040.)