Iberia Flight 602 Crashes into Mountain

On January 7, 1972, an Iberia Sud Aviation Caravelle passenger jet operating Flight 602 was destroyed when it struck a mountainside while on approach to Ibiza Airport in Spain. All 104 passengers and crew on board the Caravelle were killed.

Iberia Caravelle similar to the one involved in the Ibiza accident (photo credit: Lars Söderström)

Flight 602 had originated in Madrid earlier in the day on a domestic routing to Valencia and Ibiza. While flying an approach to runway 07 at Ibiza, the airplane struck a 415-metre mountain, 30 metres below the summit.

The investigation into the crash of Flight 602 determined that pilot error was to blame, as the crew had failed to maintain minimum altitude during the approach.