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Incidents and Accidents at MÁlaga Airport  

Do we really want to go here?

According to airport authorities, there are have been amazingly few incidents at Málaga Airport (knock on wood, please). In reality, there are have only been two major accidents with any other incidents of such minor importance they barely make a bleep on the radar screen.

So, what happened?

The first major accident at Málaga Airport happened on September 13, 1982 and it was indeed a major tragedy. It was a Spantax flight covering the Málaga-New York route and it took off just a bit too late. Unfortunately this sent the plane across the N-340 motorway at the south end of the air field. Fifty people were killed.

The second accident was more recent. On August 29, 2001, Binter Mediterranean Airline was flying a CASA 235 in from the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla when it came in for landing too soon. In this case, the plane was approaching from the south and actually ended up coming in toward the airport from right before the motorway. Once again, the crash occurred right at the N-340 motorway. Out of 47 occupants on the aircraft, four lost their lives.

These are the only two major accidents (again – knock on wood), but there have also been a few minor accidents. For example:

December 20, 1970

A DC-6 cargo plane operated by Sobelair was forced to return to Malaga due to bad weather conditions at the destination. Unfortunately the aircraft has a problem with the hydraulic system so the crew not only had to return to the airport, but they also had to carry out an emergency landing with just the nose and the right landing gear extended. This caused the plane to veer off the left side of the runway. There were no fatalities.

September 13, 1977

A Fokker F-27 Friendship 200 landed too steeply, hit the runway hard and skidded about 400 meters. There were no fatalities.

October 8, 1961

A Douglas C – 54A – 1 – DC, operated by Lloyd International Airways was destroyed by fire while refueling.

And let’s hope that’s the end of the story.




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