Narrative:A Douglas DC-6 passenger plane, F-BHMS, was destroyed when it crashed into a Mount Alcazaba in Spain. All 73 passengers and seven crew members were killed.
|Date:||Friday 2 October 1964|
|Operator:||Union de Transportes Aériens - UTA|
|C/n / msn:|| 44062/384|
|First flight:|| 1953|
|Total airframe hrs:||29620|
|Engines:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 73 / Occupants: 73|
|Total:||Fatalities: 80 / Occupants: 80 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Mt Alcazaba (Spain)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI/LEPA), Spain|
|Destination airport:||Port-Étienne Airport (NDB/GQPP), Mauritania|
The UTA flight departed Paris on an international flight to Port-Étienne (now Nouadhibou, Mauritania) with en route stops at Marseilles, France and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The trip to Palma was uneventful.
The DC-6 took off at 03:14 UTC from Palma runway 27. While heading for Tanger the flight deviated from the planned route. The plane struck a mountain 90 minutes after takeoff.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The cause of the accident was not determined."
» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.16 - Volume III, Circular 82-AN/69 (94-96)
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 Port-Étienne Airport as the crow flies is 2777 km (1736 miles).