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Last updated: 4 August 2021
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Date:Sunday 3 December 1972
Time:ca. 06:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic CV99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-990-30A-5 Coronado
Operator:Spantax
Registration: EC-BZR
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
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tenerife-Los Rodeos International Airport (TCI) (   Spain)
Crash site elevation: 632 m (2073 feet) amsl
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tenerife-Los Rodeos International Airport (TCI/GCXO), Spain
Destination airport:München-Riem Airport (MUC/EDDM), Germany
Narrative:
The Spantax flight took off at 06:45 local time in almost zero visibility and crashed shortly after, 325 metres (1,066 ft) beyond the runway.
At an altitude of 91 m (300 ft), the pilot initiated a steep turn, lost control, and caused the aircraft to crash as a result of the unusual maneuver. The crew's loss of situational awareness in the low-visibility conditions was also a factor.

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero (p. 110)


Photos

photo of Convair-CV-990-30A-5-EC-BZR
accident date: 03-12-1972
type: Convair CV-990-30A-5
registration: EC-BZR
photo of Convair-CV-990-30A-5-EC-BZR
accident date: 03-12-1972
type: Convair CV-990-30A-5
registration: EC-BZR
photo of Convair-CV-990-30A-5-EC-BZR
accident date: 03-12-1972
type: Convair CV-990-30A-5
registration: EC-BZR
 

Map
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 Tenerife-Los Rodeos International Airport to München-Riem Airport as the crow flies is 3226 km (2017 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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