Crash of an ATR42-300 in Mérida: 46 killed

Date & Time: Feb 21, 2008 at 1700 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV1449
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Mérida-Caracas
MSN:
028
YOM:
1986
Flight number:
BBR518
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
43
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
46

Crash of a Casa 212 Aviocar in Mérida, Mexico

Date & Time: Nov 15, 2006 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
AMP-114
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

The crew left Cancun for a routine maritime patrol flight over the Gulf of Mexico. After 5 hours of flight, while approaching mexican coast, the crew informed ATC that an engine stopped. Few seconds later, the second engine stopped also. Pilots decided to ditch the aircraft 3,5 km off Progreso, 40 km north of Mérida. All occupants escaped uninjured but the aircraft sunk.

Crash of a Convair CV-240 in Mérida: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 31, 1988
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-HUL
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
229
YOM:
1952
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances while taking off from Mérida-Rejon Airport. A passenger was killed while all 19 other occupants were rescued.

Crash of an Avro 748-230-2A near Chetumal: 23 killed

Date & Time: Jan 6, 1972 at 1535 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-SEV
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Chetumal - Mérida - Mexico City
MSN:
1598
YOM:
1966
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
18
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
23
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Chetumal Airport, while climbing, the airplane went out of control and crashed in a swampy area located about 40 km northwest of Chetumal. The aircraft was totally destroyed and none of the 23 occupants survived the crash. It is believed that an explosion whose origin remains unknown occurred on board.

Crash of a Vickers 749 Viscount near Mérida: 13 killed

Date & Time: Jan 25, 1971 at 1145 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV-C-AMV
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Mérida – Caracas
MSN:
94
YOM:
1956
Flight number:
LV359
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
43
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
13
Circumstances:
Seven minutes after its takeoff from Mérida-Alberto Carnevalli Airport, while climbing, the airplane struck trees and crashed in a wooded area located on Mt Paramo Los Conejos, about 17 km north of the airfield. 13 occupants were killed, among them a crew member, while 34 other occupants were injured.

Crash of a Douglas DC-6 in Mérida

Date & Time: Jan 30, 1967
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-LAU
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mexico City – Mérida
MSN:
43059/96
YOM:
1948
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
26
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach to Mérida-Licenciado Manuel Crecencio Rejon Airport, the four engine aircraft stalled and crashed few dozen yards short of runway threshold. All 29 occupants were injured and the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Due to poor crew coordination during the final approach, they failed to follow the approach checklist and one of the pilot inadvertently set up the reverse thrust system. Due to low speed, the airplane stalled and crashed. The distance between the aircraft and the ground was insufficient to expect recovery.

Crash of a Douglas DC-3-313A in Mérida

Date & Time: Aug 17, 1966 at 1710 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N28343
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
2267
YOM:
1940
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2012
Captain / Total hours on type:
164.00
Circumstances:
While on a corp/executive flight, the crew informed ATC about a double engine failure and was vectored to Mérida Airport. On approach, the airplane stalled, struck tree tops and crashed few km short of runway threshold. Both pilots were injured and the aircraft was written off.
Probable cause:
Double engine failure for undetermined reason.
Final Report:

Crash of a Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando near Mérida: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jan 21, 1959 at 1530 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV-C-LBI
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Mérida – Lagunillas – Maracaibo
MSN:
33411
YOM:
1945
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Mérida-Alberto Carnevalli Airport at 1505LT on a charter flight to Maracaibo with an intermediate stop at Lagunillas. After takeoff, while approaching El Callejon Pass at an altitude of 7,000 feet, the crew realized it would not be possible to clear the pass and decided to modify his route. Vertical to Ejido, the captain made a 180 turn, modified his heading to 030° and continued to the northeast. Few minutes later, while cruising in clouds at an altitude of 13,500 feet, the airplane struck the slope of La Culata Peak and was destroyed upon impact. The wreckage was found few hours later and all four occupants have been killed.
Probable cause:
The accident was due to flying the aircraft at insufficient altitude over an area apparently unfamiliar to the pilot.