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Last updated: 3 December 2021
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Date:Saturday 5 December 1959
Time:09:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Operating for:Comisión Federal de Electricidad - CFE
Leased from:Fuerza Aérea Mexicana
Registration: registration unknown
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Puebla Airport (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Mexico City-Santa Lucia Airport (NLU/MMSM), Mexico
Destination airport:Chetumal Airport (CTM/MMCM), Mexico
Narrative:
The DC-3, operated for the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission, diverted to Puebla due to engine problems. The airplane had just taken off from Mexico City Airport and was bound for Chetumal, carrying two tons of electrical equipment.
The airplane apparently struck some antennas after encoutering a patch of fog at the Puebla Airport.
One of the eight occupants survived the accident.

Sources:
» Diario de Colima 6 December 1959, p1
» El Siglo de Torreón 6-12-1959
» El Litoral, 11-12-1959
» Madera Tribune, 17 December 1959
» Youngstown Vindicator 6 December 1959, p1


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Distance from Mexico City-Santa Lucia Airport to Chetumal Airport as the crow flies is 1125 km (703 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.
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