Flugunfall 16 SEP 1966 einer Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3) EC-ACX - El Sauzal
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:Freitag 16 September 1966
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3)
Betrieben durch:Iberia
Gemietet von :Spantax
Kennzeichen: EC-ACX
Werknummer: 19410
Baujahr: 1944
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 24
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 27
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:vom Land entfernt von El Sauzal (   Spanien)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Tenerife-Los Rodeos International Airport (TCI/GCXO), Spanien
Flug nach:Santa Cruz-La Palma Airport (SPC/GCLA), Spanien
The no. 1 engine oversped 2 minutes after takeoff from Tenerife. The pilot tried to feather the prop when the normal engine overspeed procedures didn't work, but the prop failed to feather. The DC-3 was losing height and had to be ditched. The plane remained afloat for 5 minutes before it sank. One passenger who had impeded the evacuation of the other passengers refused to abandon the aircraft.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident resulted as a consequence of propeller overspeed on the left side, the cause of which could not be determined owing to the fact that the aircraft was not recovered."

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» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.16 - Volume II, Circular 82-AN/69 (102-103)


photo of Douglas-C-47A-75-DL-EC-ACX
accident date: 16-09-1966
type: Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3)
registration: EC-ACX

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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-Los Rodeos International Airport to Santa Cruz-La Palma Airport as the crow flies is 138 km (86 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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