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Last updated: 24 November 2020
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Date:Wednesday 14 September 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic L37 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon
Operator:Unknown
Registration: XA-NIM ?
C/n / msn: 15-1254
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) SW of Acapulco Airport (ACA) (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport (ACA/MMAA), Mexico
Narrative:
Crashed into Laguna de Tres Palos during a night-time approach to Acapulco Airport. WWII veteran pilot General Radamés Gaxiola Andrade, his copilot and all six passengers were killed.

The aircraft was reported as XB-NEM, a Lockheed twin by contemporary Mexican newspapers. The Lockheed Twins production list by P.J. Marsden does not list this registration. However, a similar registration (XA-NIM) belonged to another Lockheed twin (Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon). This registration was cancelled from the Mexican register in October 1969.

Sources:
» El Tiempo 16 September 1966, p1+11
» El Siglo de Torreón 16 September 1966, p1+7
» El Informador 16 September 1966, p1+3 /21 September 1966, p8A
» The Lockheed Twins / P.J. Marsden


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