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Accident description
Last updated: 6 October 2015
Date:Friday 16 December 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-DUK
C/n / msn: 11721
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Orizaba (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mexico City International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Destination airport:Mérida-Rejon Airport (MID/MMMD), Mexico
Crashed into the Cerro del Borrego, a mountain near Orizaba.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» El Tiempo 17 December 1949, p.10
» El Tiempo 18 December 1949, p.7


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Distance from Mexico City International Airport to Mérida-Rejon Airport as the crow flies is 991 km (619 miles).

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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