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Crash of a Cessna 421 in Monterrey

Date & Time: May 21, 2015
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XB-MTC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Monterrey – Piedras Negras
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after take off from Monterrey-Del Norte Airport, while climbing, the pilot encountered unknown technical problems and attempted an emergency landing in the Seventh Military Zone of the Secretary of the National Defense located west of the airport. The aircraft crashed in a pasture and came to rest in flames upside down. All five occupants were quickly rescued by military personal while the aircraft was partially destroyed by fire. As the s/n is unknown yet, it is unconfirmed if the aircraft involved was a Cessna 414 Chancellor or a Cessna 421 Golden Eagle.

Crash of a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II near La Fragua Dam: 8 killed

Date & Time: Jul 7, 2010 at 1020 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XB-MPV
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Piedras Negras - Piedras Negras
MSN:
31-7820077
YOM:
1978
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was chartered by the State of Coahuila to conduct a survey flight of the area around Piedras Negras following recent floods and damages caused by hurricane Alex. The aircraft departed Piedras Negras Airport at 0930LT bound to the northwest. En route, while performing an aerial inspection of the area around the La Fragua Lake, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in a field, bursting into flames. The wreckage was found 600 metres south of the La Fragua Dam, about 35 km northwest of Piedras Negras Airport. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire and all 8 occupants were killed.
Crew:
Juan Roberto Rendón, pilot,
Guillermo Ainsle Ibarra, copilot.
Passengers:
Horacio del Bosque Dávila, Coahuila's Secretary of Public works,
José Manuel Maldonado Maldonado, Mayor of Piedras Negras,
Ricardo Garza Bermea, Director of the Piedras Negras Civil Protection,
David Rey Chavira Jiménez,
Guillermo Ainsle Montemayor,
Alfonso Ainsle Montemayor.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan near Piedras Negras: 9 killed

Date & Time: Oct 31, 1995 at 2050 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
XA-SVM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Saltillo - Piedras Negras
MSN:
208B-0214
YOM:
1990
Flight number:
TAC108
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
The pilot started the descent to Piedras Negras by night with a limited visibility due to poor weather conditions (drizzle and mist). Too low, the single engine aircraft struck the slope of a hill located 16 km from Piedras Negras Airport. Two passengers were seriously injured while nine other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain after the pilot decided to continue the descent in below minima weather conditions.

Crash of a Douglas DC-3-277B near Saltillo: 8 killed

Date & Time: Oct 10, 1949 at 1315 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
XA-HOU
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Mexico City – Piedras Negras
MSN:
2208
YOM:
1940
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
En route to Piedras Negras, the aircraft hit the slope of a mountain located in the Sierra de Ovallos, near Saltillo. All eight occupants were killed.