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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 18 June 1968
Time:ca 16:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic P808 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piaggio PD.808
Operator:Piaggio Aero Industries
Registration: I-PIAI
C/n / msn: 503
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 4 km W of San Sebastián-Fuenterrabia Airport (EAS) (   Spain)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Demonstration
Departure airport:Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD/LEMD), Spain
Destination airport:San Sebastián-Fuenterrabia Airport (EAS/LESO), Spain
Narrative:
Weather conditions were poor with low clouds as the PD.808 approached San Sebastian. The airplane was coming from the sea but had to carry out a missed approach. Contrary to published procedures the aircraft turned right instead of left. The aircraft flew into the side of Mount Jaizkibel, near San Sebastian, 40 ft from the top.
The airplane operated on a demonstration flight for Italian industrialist Lino Zanussi.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Flight International, 4 July 1966
» Francesco Millich


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Distance from Madrid-Barajas Airport to San Sebastián-Fuenterrabia Airport as the crow flies is 348 km (218 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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