ASN Aircraft accident Bristol 170 Freighter 21E EC-ADH Mahon
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 13 March 1959
Time:08:02 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B170 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol 170 Freighter 21E
Registration: EC-ADH
MSN: 12776
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mahon (   Spain)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI/LEPA), Spain
Destination airport:Menorca-Mahón Airport (MAH/LEMH), Spain
The Bristol plane was on finals to Mahon when it went into a right banked turn from a height of 120 m and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The cause of the accident was probably a strong gust of wind which tilted the aircraft to the right during final approach to land, causing it to crash to the ground."

» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (104-105)


photo of Bristol-170-Freighter-21E-EC-ADH
accident date: 13-03-1959
type: Bristol 170 Freighter 21E
registration: EC-ADH

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 Palma de Mallorca Airport to Menorca-Mahón Airport as the crow flies is 130 km (81 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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