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Last updated: 26 September 2021
Date:Wednesday 20 May 1981
Time:ca 16:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-440-11
Operator:Aero Léon
Registration: XA-HEK
MSN: 327
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pinarete Mountain (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM/MMPS), Mexico
Destination airport:Oaxaca Airport (OAX/MMOX), Mexico
The aircraft crashed into a mountain at 8867 feet. The cloud base was at 10000 feet.


» Lakeland Ledger - May 22, 1981
» El Informador 21 May 1981


photo of Convair-CV-440-11-XA-HEK
accident date: 20-05-1981
type: Convair CV-440-11
registration: XA-HEK
photo of Convair-CV-440-11-HB-IMB
accident date: 20-05-1981
type: Convair CV-440-11
registration: HB-IMB

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 Puerto Escondido Airport to Oaxaca Airport as the crow flies is 130 km (81 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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