ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3) EC-ARZ El Ortigal de Arriba, Tenerife
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 7 December 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3)
Registration: EC-ARZ
MSN: 13474
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:19245
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 32
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:El Ortigal de Arriba, Tenerife (   Spain)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tenerife-Los Rodeos International Airport (TCI/GCXO), Spain
Destination airport:Las Palmas-Airport de Gran Canaria (LPA/GCLP), Spain
The aircraft entered spin a few minutes after takeoff. It struck the ground at an angle of approx. 90 degrees.

» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Volume III (137-140)


photo of Douglas-C-47A-EC-ARZ
accident date: 07-12-1965
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: EC-ARZ
photo of Douglas-C-47A-EC-ARZ
accident date: 07-12-1965
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: EC-ARZ

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 Tenerife-Los Rodeos International Airport to Las Palmas-Airport de Gran Canaria as the crow flies is 111 km (69 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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