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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 26 March 1936
Time:11:06
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor
Operator:Mexicana de Aviación
Registration: X-ABCO
C/n / msn: 5-AT-012
First flight: 1928-12-12 (7 years 4 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:E of Amecameca de Juárez (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mexico City-Central Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Destination airport:Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA/MGGT), Guatemala
Narrative:
Crashed and burned in a mountain pass between the Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl volcanos.
Ten tourists (eight German, one Austrian, one Hungarian) and four crew were on board.

Sources:
» The Ford Tri-Motor 1926-1992 / William T. Larkins
» Vier Prinzen zu Schaumburg-Lippe und das parallele Unrechtssystem / Alexander vom Hofe (Chapter 4)


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Distance from Mexico City-Central Airport to Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport as the crow flies is 1050 km (656 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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