ASN Aircraft accident Savoia-Marchetti S.73 I-IESI ? Olías
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Date:Tuesday 17 October 1939
Type:Silhouette image of generic s73 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Savoia-Marchetti S.73
Operator:Ala Littoria
Registration: I-IESI ?
MSN: 30036
First flight: 1937
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 17
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Olías (   Spain)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sevilla Airport (SVQ/LEZL), Spain
Destination airport:Melilla Airport (MLN/GEML), Spain
An Ala Littoria trimotor aircraft is reported to have crashed near Olías in Spain. The flight was hampered by fog after takeoff from Sevilla, Spain. The crew descended to get below the clouds but the aircraft impacted a hill and burst into flames.

The aircraft type was not reported in contemporary newspaper reports. It is known that S.73 aircraft were used at the time on that particular route and I-IESI is listed on several fleet list websites as being destroyed in October 1939.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» La Stampa 19 Oct 1939
» IJmuider Courant 18 Oct 1939


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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 Sevilla Airport to Melilla Airport as the crow flies is 352 km (220 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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