Aviaco Flight 118

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Aviaco Flight 118
Aviaco Caravelle Gilliand.jpg
Sister-ship to the accident aircraft, seen at le Bourget airport in August 1974
Accident summary
Date 13 August 1973
Summary Pilot error
Controlled flight into terrain
Site Montrove, Spain
Passengers 79
Crew 6
Fatalities 85 + 1
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle
Operator Aviaco
Registration EC-BIC
Flight origin Madrid-Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain
Destination Alvedro Airport, A Coruña, Spain

Aviaco Flight 118 was a Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle operated by Aviaco airlines that crashed in the village of Montrove, Spain on 13 August 1973, while attempting to land at Alvedro Airport in heavy fog.[1] The aircraft crashed into an abandoned farmhouse approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the airport. All 85 persons on board perished in the crash and subsequent fire. One person in the village also died.[2]

Flight 118 was a seasonal daily flight from Madrid to A Coruña favoured by tourists.[3] Local news reports indicated that AV-118 was a special "vacation flight" run by Aviaco during the summer season, so as to provide easy access to Galicia's numerous ocean-side resorts.[3]


  1. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 22 October 2009.
  2. ^ "No ha habido supervivientes en el accidente aereo de La Coruña." (PDF). ABC (Spain). Madrid, Spain. 14 August 1973. p. 11. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Jet Crashes in Spain" (PDF). Ruston Daily Leader. Ruston, Louisiana. UPI. 13 August 1973. p. 1. Retrieved 22 October 2009.  Transcript.

Coordinates: 43°19′46″N 8°21′27″W / 43.32944°N 8.35750°W / 43.32944; -8.35750