The accident occurred on Saturday the 29th of April when the plane came down in the Parque Natural de las Sierras Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama, in an area known as Los Pradillos, which is near the La Maroma Peak (2,069m).
The aircraft, which had the pilot and two passengers on board, was competing in the an air race between Germany and Morocco. All three died instantly in accident, the impact leaving the craft completely wrecked.
The victims are a German couple in their 60’s, and a 45-year-old woman who was the wife of a pilot in another aircraft also participating in the race.
Seven aircraft had set out from Germany with the first leg ending in Perpignan. The second leg was from there to Granada. The said aircraft made a fuel stop in Muchamiel Aerodrome (Alicante) and from there headed for the city of Granada, following the coast. It reached Nerja in this fashion and from there turned inland, heading for Granada.
However, between Nerja and Granada, air-traffic control lost contact with them. Before raising the alarm, they phoned around the nearby aerodromes to see if it had landed there. Receiving negative responses, at 20.00h, they reported the aircraft missing to the emergency number 112.
Contact had been lost around 16.30h and the coordinates put it at that time in the mountainous are near Canillas de Aceituno. A Guardia Civil rescue helicopter was dispatched to search the area and it soon located the wreckage at 1,600 metres and upon landing confirmed that that those on board had perished.
However, weather conditions were worsening and the recovery operation was put off to the next morning, although one of the Mountain Rescue members remained behind at the scene to pass the night, taking charge of the bodies and wreckage.
With the first hours of daylight the helicopter returned to pick up the bodies and the team member. The helicopter also brought a coroner to authorise the removal of the bodies from the scene of the accident.
The bodies were flown to a forest fire-fighting aerodrome near El Alcázar near Alcaucín.
(News: Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia)