Date & Time: Apr 27, 2012 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 727-200
Operator:
Registration:
XB-MNP
Flight Type:
Test
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Desert
Schedule:
Mexicali - Laguna Salada
MSN:
21348/1287
YOM:
1977
Country:
Mexico
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
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.