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Last updated: 22 March 2019
Date:Wednesday 15 February 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-329
Operating for:Sobelair
Leased from:Sabena
Registration: OO-SJE
C/n / msn: 17627/133
First flight: 1960-05-25 (17 years 9 months)
Total airframe hrs:56787
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT4A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 189
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 198
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport (TFN) (   Spain)
Crash site elevation: 632 m (2073 feet) amsl
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), Belgium
Destination airport:Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport (TFN/GCXO), Spain
The aircraft undershot the runway, causing the nosegear to collapse. A fire erupted destroying the aircraft.


» Aviation News 17.03.1978
» El Pais


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Distance from Brussel-Zaventem Airport to Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport as the crow flies is 3019 km (1887 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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