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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Thursday 6 July 1972
Time:ca 02:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-8-52
Registration: EC-ARA
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
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft 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


photo of DC-8-52-EC-ARA
accident date: 06-07-1972
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-52
registration: EC-ARA

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).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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