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Crash of a Cessna 401 in Tapachula: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 19, 2021 at 0712 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XB-RQE
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tapachula – Ocosingo
MSN:
401-0268
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Tapachula Airport Runway 05, while in initial climb, the pilot reported engine problems when control was lost. The aircraft crashed in a mango plantation. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and the pilot, sole on board, was killed.

Crash of a Cessna 401 in Comitán de Domínguez

Date & Time: Jan 19, 2021 at 0840 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XB-NQO
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Tapachula - Tapachula
MSN:
401-0294
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, departed Tapachula Airport in the early morning. In unknown circumstances, the twin engine aircraft crashed in a prairie located near an agricultural sector in Comitán de Domínguez. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was injured.

Crash of a Dassault Falcon 200 in Palenque

Date & Time: Aug 29, 2020 at 2100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XB-OAP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
504
YOM:
1986
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
In unknown circumstances, the crew made a belly landing near Palenque Airport. By night, the aircraft crash landed in an open field and came to rest. The occupant(s) was/were not found but law enforcement officials found 3 tons of cocaine on board. The aircraft seems to be written off.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan near Tuzantán: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 15, 2018 at 0900 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N149CD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
208-0508
YOM:
2009
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in a mountainous and wooded area located near Tuzantán. The airplane was totally destroyed by a post crash fire and all three occupants were killed. According to Mexican Authorities, the crew was completing an illegal flight. Also, the registration N149CD seems to be wrong and was not confirmed by the authorities.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-325 Navajo C/R in Tuxtla Gutierrez: 8 killed

Date & Time: Jan 17, 2013 at 1334 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
XB-EZY
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tuxtla Gutierrez – Puebla
MSN:
31-8212007
YOM:
1982
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
At 1339LT, the crew was cleared for takeoff from runway 32 at Tuxtla Gutierrez-Angel Albino Corzo Airport. During initial climb, after being cleared to climb to 12,500 feet, the crew informed ATC he was returning to the airport. Shortly later, the aircraft lost height and crashed in a field, bursting into flames. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 8 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
One of the engine failed after takeoff due to a fuel pump malfunction. The crew elected to return but the aircraft stalled due to an insufficient speed. Poor engine maintenance was considered as a contributing factor as well as the fact that the crew initiated the flight while the aircraft's weight was above the allowable MTOW.
Final Report:

Crash of a BAe 3201 Jetstream 32EP near Chulum Juárez: 19 killed

Date & Time: Jul 8, 2000 at 1950 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N912FJ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Tuxtla Gutiérrez – Villahermosa – Veracruz – Mérida
MSN:
912
YOM:
1990
Flight number:
QA7831
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
19
Captain / Total flying hours:
5300
Captain / Total hours on type:
1100.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
667
Copilot / Total hours on type:
40
Aircraft flight hours:
12041
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Tuxtla Gutiérrez Airport on a regular schedule flight to Mérida with intermediate stops in Villahermosa and Veracruz, carrying 17 passengers and two pilots. En route to Villahermosa-Carlos Rovirosa Pérez Airport, at an altitude of 16,000 feet and about 50 miles from the destination, the crew encountered poor weather conditions and deviated from the V3 Airway to the right for about 24 km. After he initiated the descent, the crew was instructed by ATC to report 25 DME. Shortly later, while descending in clouds, the twin engine aircraft struck the slope of a mountain located near Chulum Juárez, about 80 km southeast of Villahermosa Airport. The wreckage was found at an altitude of 1,890 metres. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all 19 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain. Combining instrument flight (IFR), with visual flight (VFR), the crew lost situational awareness, deviating 29.8 miles to the right of the Victor 3 airway due to bad weather, when the weather conditions imposed the application of the instrument flight rules (IFR), causing collision of the aircraft with the mountain at 6200 feet of elevation without loss of control (CFIT).
The following contributing factors were identified:
- Severe weather conditions en route,
- Persistence of the pilot in command, to continue the instrument flight (IFR) on visual flight (VFR),
- Inconsistency in cockpit resource management (CRM),
- Loss of situational awareness of the flight crew and the controllers, due to numerous deviations from the route, due to severe weather conditions and poor communication between the parties.
- inadequate preparation of the flight plan, since in view of the very probable need to circumnavigate severe meteorological conditions, the flight altitudes that would continue outside of the controlled airspace (outside the v-3 airway) were not verified.
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell 500S Shrike Commander near San Cristóbal de Las Casas: 5 killed

Date & Time: Mar 18, 1999 at 0930 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ETL-1251
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
500-3211
YOM:
1974
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Terán AFB in Tuxtla Gutiérrez at 0915LT on a liaison flight, carrying three passengers and two pilots. About 15 minutes later, the aircraft struck the slope of Mt Tzontehuitz located about 12 km northeast of San Cristóbal de Las Casas. All five occupants were killed.

Crash of an IAI Arava 201 near Escuintla

Date & Time: Sep 16, 1998
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft was completing a special flight to a remote area in the coast of Chiapas, carrying three crew members and a load of essential products. After landing along the motorway Tonolá - Tapachula, the right wing collided with an obstacle. The aircraft cartwheeled and came to rest. All three crew members escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. The accident occurred at km 147.

Crash of a Fairchild F27 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez: 24 killed

Date & Time: May 10, 1990 at 0855 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-GHXA
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Tapachula – Tuxtla Gutierrez
MSN:
101
YOM:
1963
Flight number:
6A100
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
36
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
24
Captain / Total flying hours:
3755
Captain / Total hours on type:
122.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
754
Copilot / Total hours on type:
126
Aircraft flight hours:
18147
Circumstances:
On final approach to Tuxtla Gutiérrez Airport runway 35, while the aircraft was fully configured for landing, the crew decided to initiate a go-around procedure for unknown reasons and completed a left turn in an attempt to make a 180 circuit. The aircraft lost height, struck trees and crashed 3,200 meters short of runway threshold, bursting into flames. All four crew members and 20 passengers were killed while 16 other occupants were injured.
Probable cause:
The loss of control on final approach was the consequence of a loss of lift after the crew failed to maintain a minimum speed while initiating a go-around procedure. At this time, the aircraft was fully configured for landing with flaps and landing gear down.
The following contributing factors were reported:
- Lack of crew coordination,
- Lack of crew experience on this type of aircraft.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas DC-4 near San Cristóbal de Las Casas: 10 killed

Date & Time: May 18, 1979
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
An in-flight fire in the cabin forced the crew to reduce his altitude and to attempt an emergency landing when control was lost. The airplane crashed in flames in an uninhabited area located in the region of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. The aircraft was destroyed and all 10 occupants were killed, among them two Swiss citizens.