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Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2015
Date:Thursday 14 July 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-2-243
Operator:Lineas Aéreas Unidas SA - LAUSA
Registration: XA-DOB
C/n / msn: 2088
First flight: 1939
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:39 km (24.4 mls) from Oaxaca (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport (ACA/MMAA), Mexico
Destination airport:Oaxaca-Xoxocotlan Airport (OAX/MMOX), Mexico
Crashed in mountainous terrain.
Newspaper reports from the time suggest that there may have been 17 fatalities, not 22.

» El Tiempo 16 July 1955, p6


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport to Oaxaca-Xoxocotlan Airport as the crow flies is 321 km (201 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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