Accident description
Last updated: 25 April 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 21 September 1969
Time:17:20
Type:Boeing 727-64
Operator:Mexicana
Registration: XA-SEJ
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: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) NE of Mexico City-Juarez International Airport (MEX) (   Mexico) show on map
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
Flightnumber: 801
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.
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.


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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.
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