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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 31 October 1995
Time:20:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Transportes Aéreos de Coahuila - TACSA
Registration: XA-SVM
C/n / msn: 208B-0214
First flight:
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:16 km (10 mls) from Piedras Negras Airport (PDS) (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saltillo Airport (SLW/MMIO), Mexico
Destination airport:Piedras Negras Airport (PDS/MMPG), Mexico
Flightnumber: 108
Narrative:
The Caravan I flight originated in Saltillo, Mexico (SLW), at 18:43. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area. According to the operator, the pilot filed an IFR flight plan for a 19:10 departure, requesting 16,000 feet MSL, via direct Monterrey, direct Coahila, with an estimated time en route of one hour and 20 minutes. The pilot estimated in his flight plan a fuel endurance of four hours. While 80 miles (128 km) from the destination airport, the pilot contacted the tower at the Piedras Negras Airport, and was informed that the airport was closed due to inclement weather, which was reported as sky obscured, visibility zero, with fog and drizzle. The airport was served with an NDB. No published approach are available for the airport; however, several local pilots confirmed that a local non-approved instrument procedure had been devised by local pilots. The pilot probably attempted this handwritten chart for an approach to the airport. The flaps were extended in the approach position as the aircraft contacted terrain and crashed.

Classification:
Low visibility
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» NTSB Id FTW96RA037


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Distance from Saltillo Airport to Piedras Negras Airport as the crow flies is 342 km (214 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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