Narrative:The C-47 was climbing to its cruising altitude when, 19 minutes after take-off, it entered a cloud and crashed into a mountain at an altitude of 5600 feet. It appeared that the aircraft was flying 10nm off course.
|Date:||19 AUG 1959|
|Type:||Douglas C-47B-30-DK Dakota 6|
|C/n / msn:|| 16112/32860|
|First flight:|| 1945|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29|
|Total:||Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 32 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Barcelona (Spain)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Barcelona Airport (BCN/LEBL), Spain|
|Destination airport:||London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "From an examination of the evidence it can be concluded that the accident was caused through 'Infringement of the regulations and instructions in force for flight over national territory or of the international standards which are in force in Spain'. As it does not appear from the evidence that Spanish Air Traffic personnel failed in any way in the performance of their duties, or that there was any defect in air navigation aids, the Air Minister has resolved to close the case without allocating responsibility."
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 62-AN/57 (167)
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Distance from Barcelona Airport to London-Gatwick Airport as the crow flies is 1101 km (688 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.