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Crash of a Cessna 401A in Las Juntas: 6 killed

Date & Time: Oct 23, 2019 at 1800 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
XB-JZF
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Durango - Acapulco
MSN:
401A-0051
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
En route from Durango to Acapulco, the twin engine airplane crashed in unknown circumstances in the Infiernillo River, in the region of Las Juntas. The wreckage was found inverted and partially submerged in water. All six occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle II in Morelia

Date & Time: Apr 6, 2013 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
XB-LBY
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cuernavaca - Guadalajara
MSN:
421B-0336
YOM:
1973
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route, while cruising, pilot informed ATC about technical problems on right engine and elected to divert to Morelia Airport. On approach, he realized he could not reach the airport so he elected to make an emergency landing in an open field. While all six occupants were slightly injured, aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of an IAI-1124 Westwind near El Devanador: 7 killed

Date & Time: Feb 24, 2005 at 1537 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XC-COL
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Toluca - Colima
MSN:
279
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Captain / Total flying hours:
4350
Copilot / Total flying hours:
6597
Aircraft flight hours:
8523
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Toluca Airport at 1516LT on a flight to Colima, carrying five members of the Colima Government and two pilots. Fifteen minutes into the flight, while cruising at an altitude of 16,000 feet, the crew informed ATC about control problems and was cleared to divert to Morelia Airport via radial 160. Shortly later, the aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in a wooded and mountainous terrain located near El Devanador. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all seven occupants were killed.
Crew:
Mario Torres, pilot,
Germán Ascencio, copilot.
Passengers:
Gustavo Vázquez Montes, Governor of the State of Colima,
Roberto Preciado Cuevas, delegate secretary for Tourism,
Ignacio Peralta, delegate secretary for Economy,
Luis Barreda Cedillo, delegate secretary for Finances,
Guillermo Díaz, Director of Tourism.
Probable cause:
Sudden descent during cruise flight and loss of control of the aircraft due to flight control problems. The following findings were identified:
- A possible failure of the horizontal stabilizer actuator,
- A possible abrupt change in the attitude of the aircraft due to the position of the centre of gravity,
- Possible improper crew actions to resolve the emergency,
- A possible crew neglect of position and indication of flight controls.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas DC-9-31 in Uruapan: 18 killed

Date & Time: Nov 9, 1999 at 1903 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-TKN
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tijuana – Guadalajara – Uruapan – Mexico City
MSN:
47418
YOM:
1970
Flight number:
TEJ725
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
18
Aircraft flight hours:
58000
Aircraft flight cycles:
59000
Circumstances:
The aircraft was completing a service from Tijuana to Mexico City with intermediate stops in Guadalajara and Uruapan, carrying 13 passengers and a crew of five. It departed Uruapan-General Ignacio López Rayón Airport runway 20 at 1859LT on the last leg to Mexico City. After liftoff, the crew was cleared to climb to 5,000 feet and while at an altitude of about 1,000 metres, the aircraft adopted a high angle of attack then stalled, entered a dive and crashed in an avocado plantation located 5,3 km from the airport. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all 18 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The accident was the consequence of an over-rotation on takeoff and a climb with a very pronounced angle, which caused the loss of control, with spatial disorientation (loss of the horizon), in a flight operation by instruments (IFR), in which, according to the crew, there was a possible failure of asymmetry indication in the leading edge flaps (slats), with the crew neglecting to control the flight of the aircraft.
The following contributing factors were identified:
- Inadequate preparation of information for instrument take-off (IFR) from Uruapan airport and failure to adhere to the operating procedures of the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) Manual.
- Failure to perform checklist procedures for the operation of the aircraft in its different phases.
- Loss of external vision (spatial disorientation), aggravated by turning on the cockpit lights, before the takeoff run.
- Inadequate procedure for the rotation of the aircraft during take-off, dragging the tail skid on the runway
- Angle of climb greater than that established in the aircraft Operations Manual.
- Lack of cockpit resource management (CRM).
Final Report:

Crash of a Curtiss C-46 Commando in Huetamo de Núñez

Date & Time: Feb 17, 1997 at 0330 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N1442V
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
22503
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft was probably involved in an illegal flight when it crashed and burnt while trying to land in a remote area located near Huetamo de Núñez. No one was found in the wreckage and it was later confirmed that the registration N1442V was false.

Crash of a Swearingen SA226AC Metro II in Uruapan

Date & Time: Feb 4, 1997
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-HAO
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lázaro Cárdenas – Uruapan
MSN:
TC-356
YOM:
1980
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After touchdown at Uruapan-General Ignacio López Rayón Airport, the crew started the braking procedure and activated the reverse thrust systems when control was lost. The aircraft veered off runway to the right, lost a landing gear and came to rest. All 12 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Swearingen SA226AC Metro II in Uruapan: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jun 13, 1994 at 1845 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-SLU
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lázaro Cárdenas – Uruapan
MSN:
TC-401
YOM:
1981
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Captain / Total flying hours:
7830
Captain / Total hours on type:
1049.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2373
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1508
Aircraft flight hours:
17737
Circumstances:
While descending to Uruapan-General Ignacio López Rayón Airport, the crew encountered poor weather conditions and limited visibility due to the night and rain falls. ATC instructed the crew to carry out an instrument approach but the pilots insisted for a visual approach to runway 02. Because the crew was unable to establish a visual contact with the runway, he decided to initiate a go-around procedure, completed a right turn and attempted a second approach few minutes later that was also abandoned for the same reasons. This time, the captain initiated a turn to the left in an attempt to make a visual approach to runway 20, which was non compliant with the published procedures. Shortly later, while at an altitude of 1,200 metres, the twin engine aircraft struck the slope of a mountain located 5,9 km northwest of the airport. The aircraft was destroyed upon impact and all nine occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Failure of the crew to comply with the approach and go-around published procedures. The lack of visibility due to the night and rain was considered as a contributing factor.
Final Report:

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2B-27 Islander in Uruapan: 9 killed

Date & Time: Dec 9, 1992 at 0815 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-RML
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Uruapan - Apatzingan
MSN:
864
YOM:
1978
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Captain / Total flying hours:
798
Captain / Total hours on type:
194.00
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Uruapan-General Ignacio López Rayón Airport, while in initial climb, the aircraft suffered an engine failure. The pilot attempted to return when the aircraft stalled and crashed near the airport. All nine occupants were killed. At the time of the accident, the aircraft was overloaded with a total weight above MTOW.

Crash of a Learjet 35A in Cumuatillo: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 2, 1992
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
PT-OEF
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Cali - Cumuatillo
MSN:
35-102
YOM:
1972
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew attempted a night landing at Cumuatillo-Pajacuarán Airport that was not equipped with any facilities, tower or lighting systems. The aircraft approached in a wrong position relating to the runway direction and struck the ground near the runway threshold in a near perpendicular heading. It went out of control, crashed and came to rest near a road, broken in several pieces. Both pilots were killed. A load of cocaine was found among the debris.
Probable cause:
The crew was completing an illegal flight from Cali, Colombia, carrying a load of cocaine, and attempted to land by night on an airport that was not suitable for such aircraft and operations. No flight plan was filed and the crew entered illegally the Mexican airspace.

Crash of a Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I in Zacapu

Date & Time: Oct 11, 1990
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XB-ESO
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
15
YOM:
1959
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After landing, the twin engine aircraft went out control, veered off runway and collided with trees. All 13 occupants evacuated safely and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the loss of control was the consequence of the poor runway surface condition.