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Last updated: 17 November 2018
Estado:Final
Fecha:miércoles 31 octubre 1979
Hora:05:42
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
Operador:Western Air Lines
Registración: N903WA
Numéro de série: 46929/107
Año de Construcción: 1973
Horas Totales de la Célula:24614
Ciclos:7345
Motores: 3 General Electric CF6-6K
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 9 / Ocupantes: 11
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 63 / Ocupantes: 77
Total:Fatalidades: 72 / Ocupantes: 88
Víctimas en Tierra:Fatalidades: 1
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Mexico City-Juarez International Airport (MEX) (   México)
Fase: Aterrizaje (LDG)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), México
Número de Vuelo:2605
Descripción:
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, 1500 m from the runway threshold, continued and crashed into a building and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

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."

Fuentes:
» 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).

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