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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Date:Thursday 30 July 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing C-97G Stratofreighter
Operator:Belize Air International
Registration: HI-481
MSN: 16687
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 12
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 44
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mexico City (   Mexico)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
The aircraft, carrying horses to Miami took off in an overloaded condition. Cargo shifted on climbout and the aircraft collided with a high ground before crashing onto the busy Mexico City-Toluca highway.

Cargo shift
Loss of control

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photo of Boeing-C-97-Stratofreighter-G-HI-481
accident date: 30-07-1987
type: Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter G
registration: HI-481

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 Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 2039 km (1274 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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