ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3) EC-ACH Getafe
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 28 October 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3)
Registration: EC-ACH
MSN: 19332
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Getafe (   Spain)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tangier Airport (TNG/GMTT), Morocco
Destination airport:Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD/LEMD), Spain
An intense fire erupted in the no. 1 engine while the aircraft was on a flight from Tangiers to Madrid. At 18:03 the crew contacted Paracuellos Area Control Centre asking for emergency entry clearance. A little later the no. 1 engine was seen falling from the plane. The aircraft lost height rapidly and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A fire produced by extraneous objects, which developed in the left nacelle. A different type of fire would have burned the wheel, the magneto couplings and the landing gear leg; fuel combustion alone would not have been sufficient to weaken so rapidly the engine support fittings."


Engine separation
Loss of control

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (33-34)


photo of Douglas-C-47A-EC-ACH
accident date: 28-10-1957
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: EC-ACH

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 Tangier Airport to Madrid-Barajas Airport as the crow flies is 565 km (353 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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