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Crash of a Dassault Falcon 20C in Vail

Date & Time: Jan 8, 2010 at 1225 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
XA-PCC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Vail - Chihuahua
MSN:
159
YOM:
1968
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
11000
Captain / Total hours on type:
5000.00
Circumstances:
During taxi the airplane was observed to run over a tire chock with the left main gear tire. During a turn out of the ramp, the left main gear was observed to run over the nose gear chock that had been removed from the nose gear by the pilot during pre-flight. During the departure roll, the left main gear tire failed and the pilot elected to abort the takeoff attempt. The airplane did not stop on the remaining runway surface and departed the runway overrun area, coming to rest in snow-covered terrain. An examination of the airplane's systems revealed no anomalies.
Probable cause:
The flight crew’s improper preflight inspection and failure to remove the main landing gear wheel chock, resulting in damage and subsequent failure of the main landing gear tire during the takeoff roll.
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell Grand Commander 680F near Chihuahua: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jun 3, 1993
Registration:
N8676D
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
680-1160-84
YOM:
1962
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Aircraft flight hours:
31073
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in the region of Chihuahua, killing all three occupants.

Crash of a Rockwell Sabreliner 60 near Chihuahua: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 10, 1991 at 1625 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
XA-RNR
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Cuernavaca – Torreón – Chihuahua
MSN:
306-49
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Captain / Total flying hours:
4069
Copilot / Total flying hours:
652
Aircraft flight hours:
7948
Circumstances:
The aircraft was completing a charter flight from Cuernavaca to Chihuahua with an intermediate stop in Torreón, carrying eight passengers and a crew of three. After passing Delicias VOR at an altitude of 10,000 feet, the crew started the descent but failed to follow the published procedures. At an altitude of 7,000 feet on descent, the aircraft struck the slope of a mountain located 42 km south of Chihuahua Airport. The aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact and all 11 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Impact against mountainous terrain due to lack of application by the crew of the approach and entry procedures to runway 36R, approved and published in the aeronautical information publications manual (AIP), and failure to comply with the tower instructions by not maintaining the minimum safe altitude required during the descent.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo in Chihuahua

Date & Time: May 3, 1973 at 0900 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N3105E
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Chihuahua - Deming
MSN:
31-313
YOM:
1968
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
24100
Captain / Total hours on type:
100.00
Circumstances:
Just after liftoff, while in initial climb, the airplane banked left then crashed in flames. The aircraft was destroyed and both occupants were injured.
Probable cause:
Failure of the left engine after takeoff for undetermined reasons.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor in Chihuahua: 7 killed

Date & Time: Jan 12, 1969 at 1030 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XB-ROI
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Chihuahua - Chihuahua
MSN:
AF-859
YOM:
1954
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The aircraft was engaged in an aerial photography mission, carrying two pilots and five photographers/filmmaker. En route, the twin engine aircraft collided in unknown circumstances with a North American T-6 Texan carrying two pilots. Both aircraft dove into the ground and crashed in the district of Comarca Lagunera, in Chihuahua. All nine occupants in both aircraft were killed.