Unfallbericht:Flight 2605 departed Los Angeles at 01:40 for a flight to Mexico City. Because of refurbishing work on runway 23L, the flight was cleared for a runway 23R approach. Descend through a fog bank was continued below the 600 feet minimum for instrument approaches. The aircraft touched down with the left main gear in the grass left of 23L and with the right main gear on the runway shoulder. Go-around power was added and the nose lifted 10-11deg. The right main gear then collided with a truck located on the runway. The gear leg separated and struck the right tailplane and elevator, causing substantial damage. The aircraft banked to the right until it struck the left wing struck the cab of an excavator, 1500m from the runway threshold, continued and crashed into a building and caught fire.
|Datum:||31 OKT 1979|
|Flugzeugtyp:||McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10|
|Fluggesellschaft:||Western Air Lines|
|Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:||7345|
|Triebwerk:|| 3 General Electric CF6-6K|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 9 / Insassen: 11|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 63 / Insassen: 77|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 72 / Insassen: 88 |
|Opfer am Boden:||Todesopfer: 1|
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||Mexico City-Juarez International Airport (MEX) (Mexiko)
|Flugphase:|| Landung (LDG)|
|Flug von:||Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), USA|
|Flug nach:||Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexiko|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Non-compliance with the meteorological minima for the approach procedure, as cleared; failure to comply with the aircraft's operating procedures during the approach phase, and landing on a runway closed to traffic."
» ICAO Circular 173-AN/109
» NTSB Safety Recommendations A-80-59/60
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Distance from Los Angeles International Airport, CA to Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport as the crow flies is 2484 km (1552 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.