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Accident description
Last updated: 24 July 2017
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Date:Tuesday 7 December 1965
Time:ca 18:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Spantax
Registration: EC-ARZ
C/n / msn: 13474
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:19245
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 32
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:El Ortigal de Arriba, Tenerife (   Spain)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport (TFN/GCXO), Spain
Destination airport:Las Palmas-Airport de Gran Canaria (LPA/GCLP), Spain
Narrative:
The aircraft entered spin a few minutes after takeoff. It struck the ground at an angle of approx. 90 degrees.

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Volume III (137-140)


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Distance from Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport to Las Palmas-Airport de Gran Canaria as the crow flies is 111 km (69 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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Douglas DC-3

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  • 3719th loss
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