Accident
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 29 April 1959
Time:16:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Iberia
Registration: EC-ABC
C/n / msn: 19334
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Total:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Sierra de Valdemeca (   Spain)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Barcelona Airport (BCN/LEBL), Spain
Destination airport:Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD/LEMD), Spain
Narrative:
The DC-3 departed Barcelona at 14:18 GMT for a flight to Madrid. A severe storm over Calamocha forced the crew to fly another course. Shortly after having been in contact with Calamocha, the plane crashed on the east slope of the Sierra de Valdemeca, some 60m from the top of Telegraph Hill.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Due to unfavourable weather conditions it was necessary to deviate from the planned route."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (116)


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Distance from Barcelona Airport to Madrid-Barajas Airport as the crow flies is 479 km (300 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.
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