Wednesday, March 7, 2018

HISTORICAL PHOTO: Aerolineas Argentinas Comet 4, LV-AHN, at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE)

Aerolineas Argentinas de Havilland Comet 4, LV-AHN (c/n 06408), at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), probably in the 1960's.  (Phil Perry Collection)

This aircraft was the first of seven Comet 4's that Aerolineas Argentinas flew with this example joining the fleet on 02Mar59, only a few months after the type entered service with BOAC on 04Oct58 between London Heathrow (LHR) and New York Idlewild (IDL), today's JFK.  

LV-AHN was hijacked on 24Mar70 when flying between Cordoba (COR) and Tucuman (TUC).  It was first diverted to Santiago (SCL) where it was refuelled and some passengers released before proceeding to Lima (LIM) and finally Havana (HAV).  Curiously, the aircraft was the first to join the Aerolineas fleet and last to leave it when it was retired in December 1971 with 30,000 hours on the airframe.   

The aircraft went on to Dan Air London as a source of spares before being broken up at Lasham, England in March 1973.

Sources:

https://www.clarin.com/ciudades/Comet-IV-alto-cielo-argentino_0_EJRhQpUVZ.html
https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19700324-0
http://loudandclearisnotenought.blogspot.com.ar/2010/04/lv-ahn-de-havilland-dh-106-comet-4-cn.html
https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/4-october-1958/

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