Manchester’s Forgotten Air Disaster 1970


Dan-Air Flight 1903 was an unscheduled international passenger service from Manchester to Barcelona, operated by Dan Air Services Limited under contract with British tour operator Clarksons Holidays, which arranged for the flight to carry a group of holidaymakers who had booked an all-inclusive package holiday with the operator.

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On 3 July 1970, the de Havilland Comet 4 aircraft serving the flight crashed into the wooded slopes of the Serralada del Montseny near Arbúcies, in the Province of Girona of Catalonia, Spain. The crash resulted in the aircraft’s destruction and the deaths of all 112 on board. It was the deadliest aviation accident in 1970, and remains the deadliest aviation accident involving the De Havilland Comet.

The crash was Dan-Air’s first fatal accident killing fare-paying passengers. News of the first major accident, in the company’s eighteenth year of existence, came just two days after British tour operator Global Holidays had awarded it a four-year, £2.5-million contract for all Global charter flights from Birmingham, starting in April 1971.

The loss of life was immeasurable with many victims being families and young people, some under the age of six.

Source : Wikipedia

We also wish to thank Marti Roig from Televisio de Catalunya International Relations & Sales, for allowing myself and Vickie to watch the full documentary which is, as we are led to believe, is still not available to the public. Without his help, parts of our video would not have been included.

You can watch the trailer for “Montseny, la tragèdia enterrada” here –

Footage of Dan-Air taken from Are You Being Served? (1977) –

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