49 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|
Convair CV-990-30A-5 Coronado
|Engines:||4 General Electric CJ805-23|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 148 / Occupants: 148|
|Total:||Fatalities: 155 / Occupants: 155|
|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|
The Spantax flight took off at 06:45 local time in almost zero visibility and crashed shortly after, 325 metres (1,066 ft) beyond the runway.
At an altitude of 91 m (300 ft), the pilot initiated a steep turn, lost control, and caused the aircraft to crash as a result of the unusual maneuver. The crew’s loss of situational awareness in the low-visibility conditions was also a factor.