Fatal Crash at Madrid Airshow: Ha-200 Saeta
- Engines: Two 1,058-pound thrust Turbomeca Marbore VI turbojets.
- Weight: Empty 4,453 lbs., Max Takeoff 7,937 lbs.
- Wing Span: 34ft., 1.75 in.
- Length: 29ft. 5in.
- Height: 9ft. 4.25in.
- Maximum Speed: 430 mph at 23,000 ft.
- Ceiling: 42,650 ft.
- Range: 930 miles
Combat report: In 1970, the HA-200 replaced the aging CASA-built Heinkel He-111s in Escuadrón 462 on the Canary Islands. From there they flew on detachments to Spanish Sahara. Late in 1974, during the Polisario uprisings, the planes flew their first combat missions. Polisario guerillas ambushed a police patrol from higher ground and caves, and held them pinned from their protected positions. Several T-6Ds with machine guns and a couple of UH-1 helicopters strafed the Polisario positions but with little effect. Very soon the first two Saetas arrived with 2.75" FFARs. Diving at a 45 degree angle toward the cave entrances, the stability of the HA-200 design proved itself without a doubt, as the rockets were observed flying straight into the caves. Following the initial rocket attacks, ground troops attempted to take the caves, but were pushed back.
The next morning, the Saetas arrived once more, in the company of more T-6s and UH-1 troop carriers. The attack pattern from the previous day proved itself once more, with a FAC ordering fire where it would be most useful. Rocket after rocket entered the caves through the 5-10 foot entrances, with very few missing their target. It seems one of the rockets set off some mortar rounds, as there were several very large explosions. Soon, ground troops once again attempted to take the caves, but this time there was hardly any resistance. Most of the guerillas had been killed by the accurate rocket fire delivered by the Saetas.