Narrative:The Boeing 727 was cleared for a runway 23L ILS approach at Mexico City-Juarez International Airport (MEX) when it suddenly lost height and struck the ground 1500m short of the runway. The aircraft became airborne again until the undercarriage and forward fuselage struck a railway embankment. Aircraft configuration at the time of the accident was gear down, flaps 30deg, leading edge slats extended, spoilers retracted, stabilizer at 10.25 units nose up.
|Date:||Sunday 21 September 1969|
|C/n / msn:|| 19255/331|
|First flight:|| 1966-10-26 (2 years 11 months)|
|Engines:|| 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 111|
|Total:||Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 118 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||1,5 km (0.9 mls) NE of Mexico City-Juarez International Airport (MEX) (Mexico)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico|
No data could be retrieved from the Flight Data Recorder because it had been incorrectly installed two days prior to the accident. The Cockpit Voice Recorder had been removed and no replacement had been installed.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Undetermined.
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL to Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport as the crow flies is 2700 km (1687 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.