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Date:Tuesday 31 December 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:SAESA - Servicios Aéreos Especiales SA
Registration: XA-SAE
C/n / msn: 20554
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 76 km E of Ciudad Vitoria (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Reynosa-Gen. Lucio Blanco Airport (REX/MMRX), Mexico
Destination airport:Tampico Airport (TAM/MMTM), Mexico
Narrative:
Crashed into the mountains, in a canyon named Cañón del Diablo.

Sources:
» El Siglo de Torreon; 3 Jan 1969


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Distance from Reynosa-Gen. Lucio Blanco Airport to Tampico Airport as the crow flies is 412 km (257 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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