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Crash of a Canadair CL-601-3A Challenger in Coahuila: 13 killed

Date & Time: May 5, 2019 at 1840 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N601VH
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Las Vegas - Monterrey
MSN:
5043
YOM:
1989
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
13
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Las Vegas Airport at 1452LT on a flight to Monterrey, carrying three crew members and 10 passengers who were returning to Mexico after taking part to a boxing match in Las Vegas. All flight was completed at FL370 then the aircraft climbed to FL390 for five minutes and then FL410. For unknown reasons, the airplane entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in a desert area located about 260 km northwest of Monclova, Coahuila. The wreckage was found few hours later. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 13 occupants have been killed. The exact number of casualties may be reviewed.

Crash of a BAe 125-700A in Saltillo: 8 killed

Date & Time: Apr 19, 2014 at 1945 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
XA-UKR
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Cozumel - Saltillo
MSN:
257191
YOM:
1982
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
On final approach to Saltillo-Plan de Guadalupe Airport, the BAe 125-700A was too low and hit the roof of a building located in an industrial park less than one km short of runway 17. Aircraft crashed in flames and was destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire. All eight occupants were killed. At the time of the accident, horizontal visibility was estimated to 800 meters and vertical visibility to 200 feet.

Crash of a Douglas DC-9-33CF in Saltillo

Date & Time: Jan 18, 2014 at 0430 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-UQM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Tapachula - Saltillo
MSN:
47191/280
YOM:
28
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight, crew started the approach to Saltillo-Plan de Guadalupe Airport in a visibility established at 800 meters due to foggy conditions. After touch down on runway 17, nose gear collapsed. Aircraft skidded for several yards before coming to rest. All three occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair. Crew was performing a cargo flight from Tapachula on behalf of DHL Airways.

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

Date & Time: Jul 7, 2010 at 1020 LT
Operator:
Registration:
XB-MPV
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Piedras Negras - Piedras Negras
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
Following the recent floods and damages caused by hurricane Alex, crew and passengers were performing an aerial inspection mission in the region of La Fragua Dam, at the border with USA. In flight, twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames in a prairie. All eight occupants were killed, among them the Coahuila's Secretary of Public works, Horacio del Bosque, the Mayor of Piedras Negras José Manuel Maldonado and Ricardo Garza Bermea, the Piedras Negras Civil Protection Director.

Crash of a Douglas DC-9-15F in Saltillo: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jul 6, 2008 at 0113 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N199US
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Hamilton – Shreveport – Saltillo
MSN:
47153/185
YOM:
1967
Flight number:
JUS199
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
7146
Captain / Total hours on type:
2587.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
6842
Copilot / Total hours on type:
88
Aircraft flight hours:
54141
Aircraft flight cycles:
69161
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Hamilton, Ontario, on a cargo flight to Saltillo, Coahuila, with an intermediate stop in Shreveport, LA, carrying two pilots and a load consisting of 4 tons of auto parts. The aircraft arrived in Shreveport at 2319LT and departed at 2348LT. On approach to Saltillo-Plan de Guadalupe Airport, the crew encountered low visibility due to poor weather conditions and dark night. On final approach to runway 17, as the captain was unable to establish a visual contact with the runway, he decided to abandon the approach and initiated a go-around procedure. Nine seconds later, the aircraft stuck the ground and crashed 550 metres to the east of the runway 17 threshold, bursting into flames. The aircraft was totally destroyed, the captain was killed and the copilot was seriously injured.
Probable cause:
The continuation of an unstable final approach without having the runway in sight and the consequent loss of control at low altitude in view of the imminent impact.
The following contributing factors were identified:
- Weather conditions at the airport,
- Unstabilized approach,
- Crew fatigue,
- Lack of experience of the copilot,
- Failure to follow proper procedures,
- Lack of operational procedures,
- Not following proper Saltillo tower controller procedures,
- Lack of supervision by the authority,
- The coincidence of factors that individually would not represent a substantial increase in the risk of the operations, but that in this case were added, that is; late night flight, little experience of the co-pilot, omission of briefing by the captain, a single Jeppesen for two pilots, DME #2 inoperative, captain command bars inoperative, DME arc, ILS/DME approach, omission of fog bank report and finally saturation in the communications with the Monterrey Control Center.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I in Saltillo

Date & Time: Apr 25, 2008 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
XB-WUF
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Saltillo – Aguascalientes
MSN:
421A-0124
YOM:
1968
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Saltillo-Plan de Guadalupe Airport, while in initial climb, one of the engine caught fire. The pilot attempted an emergency landing when the aircraft crash landed in a field past the runway end, bursting into flames. All six occupants escaped with minor injuries and the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Engine fire for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Rockwell Sabreliner 40 in Saltillo

Date & Time: Jun 30, 2007 at 1330 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-SMR
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Monterrey – Saltillo
MSN:
282-71
YOM:
1966
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Monterrey-General Mariano Escobido Airport at 1305LT on a taxi flight to Saltillo, carrying two passengers and two pilots. After landing on runway 35 at Saltillo Airport, the aircraft was unable to stop within the remaining distance. It overran and came to rest 50 metres further in a rocky area. All four occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

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 Rockwell Sabreliner 75A in Saltillo

Date & Time: Oct 26, 1989
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TP-101
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mexico City - Saltillo
MSN:
380-67
YOM:
1978
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After touchdown at Saltillo-Plan de Guadalupe Airport, the aircraft was unable to stop within the remaining distance and overran. It struck obstacles, lost its undercarriage and came to rest few dozen meters further. All seven occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. It had the dual registration TP-101 and XC-UJC.

Crash of a Learjet 24B near Cuatro Ciénegas: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 16, 1988
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N234CM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Memphis - Addison
MSN:
24-214
YOM:
1970
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew departed Memphis on a flight to Addison, Texas. En route, the crew was cleared to climb to FL300 but the aircraft continued to climb without authorization until FL440. ATC tried to contact the crew without success. It was decided to dispatch a USAF Northrop T-38 Talon fighter and his pilot confirmed that the cockpit windows were covered by frost and that he was unable to contact the crew. The aircraft continued its route to the south, entered the Mexican airspace and few minutes later, after both engines failed due to fuel exhaustion, the aircraft entered a dive and crashed near Cuatro Ciénegas. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and both pilots were killed, among them the NASA astronaut-candidate Susan Reynolds aged 27.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the cabin pressurization system failed in flight, causing a slow decompression of the cabin. The crew probably lost consciousness then died after suffering hypoxia. After the fuel exhausted, both engines failed and the aircraft entered a rapid descent and crashed.