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Accident description
Last updated: 27 November 2015
Date:Sunday 3 December 1972
Time:ca. 06:45
Type:Convair CV-990-30A-5 Coronado
Registration: EC-BZR
C/n / msn: 30-10-25
First flight: 1962
Engines: 4 General Electric CJ805-23
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 148 / Occupants: 148
Total:Fatalities: 155 / Occupants: 155
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport (TFN) (   Spain)
Crash site elevation: 632 m (2073 feet) amsl
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport (TFN/GCXO), Spain
Destination airport:München-Riem Airport (MUC/EDDM), Germany
Reached a height of approx. 90m and crashed 15m to the left and 325m past the runway.
CAUSE: Loss of control in weather conditions of almost zero visibility.

Low visibility
Loss of control

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Distance from Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport to München-Riem Airport as the crow flies is 3226 km (2017 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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