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Last updated: 10 December 2019
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Date:Tuesday 8 September 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:Mexicana de Aviación
Registration: XA-FIL
C/n / msn: 11748
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Poza Rica (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mexico City International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Destination airport:Mérida-Rejon Airport (MID/MMMD), Mexico
Flightnumber:MX621
Narrative:
An in-flight explosion occurred in the passenger cabin. A male passenger, who was believed to have been carrying the bomb, fell from the airplane at an altitude of 11000 feet. A fire developed, but was quickly put out by the crewmembers. A forced landing was made at Poza Rica.

Sources:
» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA
» El Siglo de Torreón


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Distance from Mexico City International Airport to Mérida-Rejon Airport as the crow flies is 991 km (619 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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