Accident description
Last updated: 17 December 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 15 April 1957
Time:ca 07:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated B-24J Liberator
Operator:Transportes Aéreos Mexicanos - TAMSA
Registration: XA-KUN
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Mérida-Rejon Airport (MID) (   Mexico) show on map
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Mérida-Rejon Airport (MID/MMMD), Mexico
Destination airport:Mexico City International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Narrative:
The aircraft climbed to a height of 100m and made a 65deg left turn. The aircraft continued to climb to 150-200m and made another turn. The Liberator yawed left, lost control and nose dived into the ground, killing a child on the ground. Among those killed aboard the plane was Pedro Infante, a famous Mexican singer, actor.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was due to a manoeuvring error which consisted in making two turns onto the Mexico City heading without conforming the distance and procedure specifications and below the prescribed altitudes and speeds. This error was aggravated by a probable shifting of the load due to improper securing."

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

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