A PLANE which crashed in the Costa del Sol’s Sierra Tejeda two weeks ago, killing the three Germans onboard, collided “head-on” with the mountain, according to a report published by investigators.
The three were in the penultimate stage of an air rally from Perpignon to Morocco when they lost contact with air traffic control over Nerja. The report states the plane was just ten minutes from its destination of Granada when it travelled “off-course”, in heavy fog.
Air traffic workers contacted their counterparts at Granada airport to check whether the plane had arrived but quickly despatched rescue workers when they found it had not. Workers eventually found the wreckage in the Los Pradillos area, at around 1,718 metres above sea level, a relatively inaccessible area, necessitating the use of Guardia Civil helicopters normally used to extinguish forest fires. Investigators say the impact of the smash “scattered” the plane across the mountain.
The crash is just one of a series of plane accidents to hit the Costa del Sol. Last week, a plane belonging to a pilot school smashed through a fence at the end of a runway in Velez Malaga, almost ending up in a riverbed.
The plane, which was carrying three people onboard, was travelling from Malaga to San Javier in Murcia when it made a stop at El Trapiche airfield in Velez Malaga. For reasons as yet unclear, the plane did not stop on the runway after landing, instead hurtling through a fence.
Those on board were unharmed although the plane suffered damage.
Two others were also killed on January 19 this year after their plans crashed after take-off in Velez Malaga and exploded in an avocado farm.