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Last updated: 20 March 2019
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
Registration: EC-BZR
C/n / 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-Norte Los Rodeos Airport (TFN) (   Spain)
Crash site elevation: 632 m (2073 feet) amsl
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport (TFN/GCXO), Spain
Destination airport:München-Riem Airport (MUC/EDDM), Germany
Reached a height of approx. 90 m and crashed 15 m to the left and 325 m past the runway.
CAUSE: Loss of control in weather conditions of almost zero visibility.

Low visibility
Loss of control

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


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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 Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos 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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