Accident Junkers Ju-52/3m M-CABA, Monday 18 December 1939
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Date:Monday 18 December 1939
Time:08:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic JU52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Junkers Ju-52/3m
Owner/operator:Iberia
Registration: M-CABA
MSN: 5854
Fatalities:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:10 km S off Europa Point [Strait of Gibraltar] -   Gibraltar
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Tétouan Airport (TTU/GMTN)
Destination airport:Sevilla Airport (SVQ/LEZL)
Narrative:
A Junkers Ju-52/3m aircraft, named "Sanjurjo" and operated by Iberia, crashed at sea while on a flight from Tétouan, Morocco to Sevilla, Spain. The three crew and seven passengers were killed.
Along the flight route the sky was completely overcast and a storm, accompanied by thunder and lightning, stretched along the Strait of Gibraltar. The flight took off at 08:00 hours. At 08:14 hours, after passing Ceuta, the flight radioed that they would use the hanging antenna for long-distance communications. That was the last contact.
At 08:15 the aircraft was observed flying by an English patrol boat at 1500 feet in heavy downpour. The aircraft subsequently was seen to crash in flames. Only small pieces of debris and the tail wheel were found.

Rumours, initiated by the German secret service, suggested at the time that the aircraft was shot down from the Rock of Gibraltar or from an English warship. This was not deemed likely.

Sources:

History of the Air Force of Spain
The Hugo Junkers Homepage
Jet & Prop 6/08
El Litoral 18 Dec 1939
Enigma, vuelo Tetuán-Sevilla, 1939 (ABC.es, 13 Jul 2008)

Statistics

  • 9th worst accident in 1939
  • 76th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 9th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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