Narrative:Sobelair's Caravalle OO-SRD was leased to Royal Air Maroc on December 10, 1973. On December 22 it operated on a flight from Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG) to Casablanca, Morocco with an enroute stop at Tangier (TNG). The Caravelle approached Tangier in darkness and rain when the pilot extended the outbound procedural turn for runway 28 too far east, causing the plane to overfly hazardous terrain. At 22:10 the aircraft flew into the side of Mount Mellaline near Tétouan at 2300 feet.
|Date:||Saturday 22 December 1973|
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VIN
|Operating for:||Royal Air Maroc - RAM|
|C/n / msn:|| 69|
|First flight:|| 1961-02-23 (12 years 10 months)|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 99 / Occupants: 99|
|Total:||Fatalities: 106 / Occupants: 106 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||ca. 40 km E of Tangier-Boukhalef Airport (TNG) ( Morocco)
|Crash site elevation:|| 701 m (2300 feet) amsl |
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB), France|
|Destination airport:||Tangier-Boukhalef Airport (TNG/GMTT), Morocco|
It was considered possible that the aircraft had lost altitude as a result of turbulence or vertical mountain waves.
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain
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 Paris-Le Bourget Airport to Tangier-Boukhalef Airport as the crow flies is 1611 km (1007 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.