Accident description
Last updated: 28 August 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 19 January 1961
Time:20:17
Type:Douglas DC-8-21
Operator:Aeronaves de México
Registration: XA-XAX
C/n / msn: 45432/105
First flight: 1960
Total airframe hrs:529
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT4A-
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 97
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 106
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), United States of America
Destination airport:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Flightnumber: 401
Narrative:
The takeoff run from runway 07R was aborted, but the DC-8 crashed and burned.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The probable cause of the accident was the unnecessary discontinuing of the takeoff as a result of the action by the check-pilot, who was not in either pilot seat, in reaching forward without warning and pulling the throttles back This action caused power to be decreased on all four engines. Contributing factors were the marginally poor weather, snow on the runway, and the possibility of the pitot head heat not have been on."

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Distance from New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY to Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport as the crow flies is 3342 km (2089 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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