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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Monday 27 July 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Registration: XA-DEN
MSN: 47621/729
First flight: 1974
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 60
Total:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 66
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Chihuahua-Gen Fierro Villalobos Airport (CUU) (   Mexico)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Monterrey-General Mariano Escobedo Airport (MTY/MMMY), Mexico
Destination airport:Chihuahua-Gen Fierro Villalobos Airport (CUU/MMCU), Mexico
The DC-9 landed 150 m to the right and 60 m after the runway threshold at Chihuahua Airport (CUU), Mexico. The aircraft bounced and struck the ground; the fuselage broke and the aircraft caught fire.
Weather at the time: tropical air mass, isolated cumulonimbus with strong squalls and showers.
Aeroméxico flight 230 originated in Monterrey (MTY) and was bound for Tijuana (TIJ) with en route stops at Chihuahua (CUU), and Hermosillo (HMO).

Runway mishap

» El Informador 28 July 1981


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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 Monterrey-General Mariano Escobedo Airport to Chihuahua-Gen Fierro Villalobos Airport as the crow flies is 660 km (412 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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