Accident description
Last updated: 26 November 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 30 January 1967
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Operator:Mexicana de Aviación
Registration: XA-LAU
C/n / msn: 43059/96
First flight: 1948
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 29
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mérida Airport (MID (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Destination airport:Mérida-Rejon Airport (MID/MMMD), Mexico
Narrative:
The plane stalled on finals and crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Error on the part of the pilot who operated the propeller reversing system."

Sources:
» El Siglo de Torreón 31 January 1967, p1


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Distance from Mexico City-Benito Juárez 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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