Date & Time: Jan 19, 1930 at 1823 LT
Type of aircraft:
Ford 5
Operator:
Registration:
NC9689
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tijuana – Los Angeles
MSN:
5-AT-046
YOM:
28
Flight number:
MDX007
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
14
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
16
Circumstances:
Engine problems forced the crew to reduce altitude and to make an emergency landing. On approach to an open field, weather conditions deteriorated and visibility was unsufficient. Following a misjudgement on part of the pilot, aircraft hit the ground and exploded, killing all 16 occupants. Up to date, this crash is the worst in US History.
Probable cause:
The accident occurred in darkness and during a rain and low overcast, with the weather considered as a primary causative factor by an official inquiry board. Specifically, it was concluded that the Tri-Motor had encountered a local meteorological condition with 'unpredicted and unforeseen characteristics’ that the flight crew apparently tried to avoid, but which must have caused them to become disoriented. After turning to the left towards an area devoid of lights, the aircraft’s port wing struck the ground.