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Last updated: 26 March 2019
Date:Wednesday 5 May 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation
Registration: EC-AIN
C/n / msn: 4550
First flight: 1954
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 40
Total:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 49
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport (TFN) (   Spain)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD/LEMD), Spain
Destination airport:Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport (TFN/GCXO), Spain
The aircraft had been cleared for a runway 30 approach when the approach controller informed the crew that visibility was below minima with clouds 6/8 stratus from 0-30 m.
The pilot made a very low run and initiated a go-around and made another approach to land. The crew had to go around again but the aircraft struck a scraper and a tractor located 50 m from the runway edge. The Constellation crashed and broke up in farmland.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot-in-command should have proceeded in view of the adverse weather conditions prevailing at the airport, which he should have appreciated during his first fly-past. His partial view of the airport and the glow of lights must have induced him to make a new attempt with the consequences described above."

» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 (100-103)


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Distance from Madrid-Barajas Airport to Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport as the crow flies is 1760 km (1100 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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Lockheed L-1049

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