Narrative:An intense fire erupted in the no. 1 engine while the aircraft was on a flight from Tangiers to Madrid. At 18:03 the crew contacted Paracuellos Area Control Centre asking for emergency entry clearance. A little later the no. 1 engine was seen falling from the plane. The aircraft lost height rapidly and crashed.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "A fire produced by extraneous objects, which developed in the left nacelle. A different type of fire would have burned the wheel, the magneto couplings and the landing gear leg; fuel combustion alone would not have been sufficient to weaken so rapidly the engine support fittings."
Loss of control
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (33-34)
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Tangier Airport to Madrid-Barajas Airport as the crow flies is 565 km (353 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.