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Accident description
Last updated: 29 May 2016
Date:Saturday 13 August 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-8-51
Operator:Aeronaves de México
Registration: XA-PEI
C/n / msn: 45652/176
First flight: 1962
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:33 km (20.6 mls) from Acapulco (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport (ACA/MMAA), Mexico
Destination airport:Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport (ACA/MMAA), Mexico
The DC-8 had arrived from a flight from New York and Mexico City at 00:12 and was serviced and refueled. The aircraft took off again for a training flight at 01:14. The plane crashed during a procedure turn while approaching Acapulco.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Careless and untimely descent in the course of a procedure turn which was continued below established minimum altitude."



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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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