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Accident description
Last updated: 5 October 2015
Date:Wednesday 20 June 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15
Registration: XA-SOC
C/n / msn: 47100/153
First flight: 1967
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7A
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:32 km (20 mls) SSE of Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Monterrey-General Mariano Escobedo Airport (MTY/MMMY), Mexico
Destination airport:Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR/MMPR), Mexico
Flightnumber: 229
A McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15 passenger plane was destroyed when it crashed on approach to Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR), Mexico. All 27 on board were killed.
Flight AM229 operated departed from Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH) on a regular service to Mexico City (MEX) with en route stops at Monterrey and Puerto Vallarta. The airplane flew into the side of Las Minas Mountain while approaching runway 04.

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Distance from Monterrey-General Mariano Escobedo Airport to Puerto Vallarta Airport as the crow flies is 768 km (480 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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