Accident Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI-N OO-SRD, Saturday 22 December 1973
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Date:Saturday 22 December 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI-N
Owner/operator:Royal Air Maroc - RAM
Registration: OO-SRD
MSN: 69
Year of manufacture:1961
Fatalities:Fatalities: 106 / Occupants: 106
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:ca. 40 km E of Tangier-Boukhalef Airport (TNG) -   Morocco
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB)
Destination airport:Tangier-Boukhalef Airport (TNG/GMTT)
Sobelair's Caravalle OO-SRD was leased to Royal Air Maroc on December 10, 1973. On December 22 it operated on a flight from Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG) to Casablanca, Morocco with an enroute stop at Tangier (TNG). The Caravelle approached Tangier in darkness and rain when the pilot extended the outbound procedural turn for runway 28 too far east, causing the plane to overfly hazardous terrain. At 22:10 the aircraft flew into the side of Mount Mellaline near Tétouan at 2300 feet.
It was considered possible that the aircraft had lost altitude as a result of turbulence or vertical mountain waves.



  • 7th worst accident in 1973
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG); March 1973

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