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Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2015
Date:Thursday 6 July 1972
Time:ca 02:00
Type:Douglas DC-8-52
Registration: EC-ARA
C/n / msn: 45617/136
First flight: 1961
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:21 km (13.1 mls) E off Arinaga, Las Palmas, Canary Islands (   Spain)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD/LEMD), Spain
Destination airport:Las Palmas-Airport de Gran Canaria (LPA/GCLP), Spain
Flightnumber: 331
Crashed into the sea and sank to a depth of 1560 m.
The aircraft was ferried to Las Palmas to pick up tourists for a flight to Hamburg.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

» Constantino Rubio Lorenzo, mito y leyenda / Juan Carlos Diaz Lorenzo


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EC-ARA was briefly leased to Aviaco in June 1972
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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 Madrid-Barajas Airport to Las Palmas-Airport de Gran Canaria as the crow flies is 1754 km (1096 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.
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