Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives
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Crash of a Boeing 727-212 in Laguna Salada

Accident description

  • Apr 27, 2012 at 1000 LT
  • XB-MNP
  • Landing (descent or approach)
  • Test
  • Yes
  • Desert
  • Mexicali - Laguna Salada
  • 21348/1287
  • 1977
  • Mexicali, Baja California
  • Mexico
  • Central America
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • Pilot was engaged in a test flight on behalf of the Mexican Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC) and different agencies to crash deliberately the aircraft in the Sonoran Desert for a television program organised by British, German and American Producers. While approaching the desert along the Mexican 5 Highway, about 30 km southwest of Mexicali, pilot bailed out and the 727 crashed few seconds later in a slightly flat configuration. On touch down, broke in two before coming to rest.