Accident de Havilland DH-114 Heron 2D EC-ANJ, Monday 14 April 1958
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Date:Monday 14 April 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic HERN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH-114 Heron 2D
Registration: EC-ANJ
MSN: 14113
Year of manufacture:1957
Fatalities:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:S off Barcelona Airport (BCN) -   Spain
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Zaragoza Airport (ZAZ/LEZG)
Destination airport:Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN/LEBL)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Aviaco flight departed Zaragoza at 19:19 for a flight to Barcelona. At 20:06 the aircraft reported on a wide base leg and asked visibility data. Another aircraft (EC-AEJ) was ready for departure from Barcelona at that moment, but takeoff permission had been refused. When the Aviaco Heron reported 5 minutes away, the EC-AEJ aircraft was cleared for takeoff. Shortly thereafter both planes were flying at 150 m altitude on intersecting tracks. The Heron was forced to take a sudden avoidance manoeuvre and lost control. The plane crashed into the sea.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The fact that EC-AEJ was permitted to takeoff without the exact position of EC-ANJ being known. During avoidance action taken by EC-ANJ, loss of control occurred, and the aircraft fell into the sea."


ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (23-25)


  • 38th worst accident in 1958
  • 3rd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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