Iberia Airlines Flight 602
An Iberia Sud Aviation Caravelle similar to the one in the incident
|Date||7 January 1972|
|Summary||Controlled flight into terrain|
|Site||Sierra de Atalayasa, Spain|
|Aircraft type||Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle|
|Flight origin||Valencia Airport|
On 7 January 1972, Iberia Airlines Flight 602 crashed into a mountain near Ibiza Town, Spain. The Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle operating the flight had taken off from Valencia Airport in Valencia, Spain, destined for Ibiza Airport on the Balearic island of Ibiza, also in Spain. All 98 passengers and 6 crew died in the crash.
Flight 602 was a domestic service flight that took off from Valencia Airport bound for Ibiza. The aircraft was a Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle, under the command of a 37-year-old captain with 7,000 flying hours' experience. On board were 6 crew and 98 passengers, most of whom were Valencia natives returning to Ibiza for work after the holidays.
At approximately 12:15 p.m., the aircraft's captain radioed Ibiza Airport, requesting permission to descend to 5,500 feet (1,676 meters). Ibiza Airport sources reported that he also said, "Get me a beer ready, we are here."
The aircraft was approaching Runway 07 when it descended below 2,000 feet (610 meters). Reportedly, neither the captain nor the co-pilot noticed the dangerous descent, as they were discussing a football match with the airport tower controller. Flight 602 struck Mount Atalayasa approximately 90 feet (30 meters) below its 1,515-foot (462-meter) summit. The aircraft exploded on impact. All 98 passengers and 6 crew on board were killed.
At the time of the crash, visibility was approximately 5–10 miles and the weather was described as high overcast with broken clouds.
It was ruled that the pilot had failed to maintain the minimum flight altitude for a visual approach to Runway 07.
- Pilot calls for beer, then boom
- Spanish jet crashes; 104 aboard killed
- "Sud Aviation: Iberia EC-ATV – 07 January 1972"
- Aircraft accident Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VIR EC-ATV Sierra de Atalayasa
- Gero, David (1996). Aviation Disasters Second Edition. Patrick Stephens Limited. p. 104.