ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3) EC-ABC Sierra de Valdemeca
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 29 April 1959
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-ABC
MSN: 19334
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Total:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Sierra de Valdemeca (   Spain)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN/LEBL), Spain
Destination airport:Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD/LEMD), Spain
The DC-3 departed Barcelona at 14:18 GMT for a flight to Madrid. A severe storm over Calamocha forced the crew to fly another course. Shortly after having been in contact with Calamocha, the plane crashed on the east slope of the Sierra de Valdemeca, some 60 m from the top of Telegraph Hill.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Due to unfavourable weather conditions it was necessary to deviate from the planned route."

» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (116)


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Distance from Barcelona-El Prat Airport to Madrid-Barajas Airport as the crow flies is 479 km (300 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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