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Last updated: 15 November 2018
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Date:Monday 26 September 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:Mexicana de Aviación
Registration: XA-DUH
C/n / msn: 11725
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mount Popocatepetl (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Oaxaca Airport (OAX/MMOX), Mexico
Destination airport:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Narrative:
Crashed into a mountain.
The aircraft operated on a domestic flight from Tapachula to Mexico City with en route stops at Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Ixtepec and Oaxaca.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» El Tiempo 28 September 1949, p8


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Distance from Oaxaca Airport to Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport as the crow flies is 365 km (228 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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