48 Years ago today: On 3 December 1972 a Spantax Convair CV-990 crashed on take-off from Tenerife, Spain, killing all 155 occupants.

Date:Sunday 3 December 1972
Time:ca. 06:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic CV99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-990-30A-5 Coronado
C/n / msn:30-10-25
First flight:1962
Engines:General Electric CJ805-23
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 148 / Occupants: 148
Total:Fatalities: 155 / Occupants: 155
Aircraft damage:Destroyed
Aircraft fate:Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tenerife-Los Rodeos International Airport (TCI) (   Spain)
Crash site elevation:632 m (2073 feet) amsl
Phase:Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tenerife-Los Rodeos International Airport (TCI/GCXO), Spain
Destination airport:München-Riem Airport (MUC/EDDM), Germany

Reached a height of approx. 90 m and crashed 15 m to the left and 325 m past the runway.
CAUSE: Loss of control in weather conditions of almost zero visibility.