ASN Aircraft accident Beechcraft 300 Super King Air XC-AA72 Ensenada Airport (ESE)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 26 August 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 300 Super King Air
Operator:Procuraduría General de la República - PGR
Registration: XC-AA72
MSN: FA-87
First flight: 1986
Total airframe hrs:3125
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60A
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:14,3 km (8.9 mls) NW of Ensenada Airport (ESE) (   Mexico)
Crash site elevation: 320 m (1050 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Hermosillo-Gen Pesqueira Garcia Airport (HMO/MMHO), Mexico
Destination airport:Ensenada Airport (ESE/MMES), Mexico
A Beechcraft 300 Super King Air crashed near Ensenada while being operated by the Mexican Attorney General's Office to pick up a person who was facing charges of being part of the Tijuana drug cartel.
The flight departed Hermosillo at 01:21 hours local time at night. The pilot contacted the controller at Ensenada Tower when it was 28 miles out. The flight next reported when it was overhead at 5000 feet. The pilots would initiate a descent at the NDB, towards runway 11. This was the last contact with the aircraft.
The airplane was found on August 28 in a mountainous area at an elevation of 1050 feet.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: "Controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) during the turn for the final approach, in night conditions, towards an airport of daytime operations only, as established in the aeronautic information manual (AIP)."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: SCT Mexico
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 153 days (5 months)
Accident number: 068/00
Download report: Final report

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Scramble 257
» Procuraduría General de la República (PGR)


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Hermosillo-Gen Pesqueira Garcia Airport to Ensenada Airport as the crow flies is 607 km (380 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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