Accident description
Last updated: 25 October 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 4 June 1969
Time:08:42
Type:Boeing 727-64
Operator:Mexicana de Aviación
Registration: XA-SEL
C/n / msn: 19256/355
First flight: 1967-01-06 (2 years 5 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 72 / Occupants: 72
Total:Fatalities: 79 / Occupants: 79
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:23 km (14.4 mls) NW of Monterrey-Gen Mariano Escobedo Airport (MTY) (   Mexico) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Destination airport:Monterrey-Aeropuerto Del Norte (NTR/MMAN), Mexico
Flightnumber: 704
Narrative:
The aircraft made a continuous descent at 1500-1600 feet/min at 250 knots IAS. Passing the Monterrey VOR, the aircraft turned left, instead of right to enter the holding pattern. The Boeing proceeded outside the designated holding pattern and collided with rising terrain (Cerro del Fraile).

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport to Monterrey-Aeropuerto Del Norte as the crow flies is 721 km (450 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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