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Last updated: 14 October 2019
Date:Monday 11 February 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic SBR1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American Rockwell Sabreliner 60
Operator:TVA - Travel Air SA
Registration: XA-RNR
C/n / msn: 306-49
First flight: 1969
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:42 km (26.3 mls) S of Chihuahua Airport (CUU) (   Mexico)
Crash site elevation: 2195 m (7201 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Torreón Airport (TRC/MMTC), Mexico
Destination airport:Chihuahua-Gen Fierro Villalobos Airport (CUU/MMCU), Mexico
A Rockwell Sabreliner 60 jet was destroyed when it impacted a mountain side while descending towards Chihuahua Airport, Mexico. All ten occupants were killed.
The airplane operated on a flight from Cuernavaca to Chihuahua with an en route stop at Torreón.
The descent and approach for runway 36R at Chihuahua calls for passing the Delicias VOR, located at 25 NM from the airport, at 10,000 feet and intercepting the 178 radial before commencing the descent towards the airport.
Preliminary investigation results indicate that the airplane passed the VOR at 9,000 feet. It impacted a mountainside at 22,8 NM from the airport at an altitude of 7200 feet (2195 m) on the 180 radial of the VOR.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» El Siglo de Torreón 14-2-1991


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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 Torreón Airport to Chihuahua-Gen Fierro Villalobos Airport as the crow flies is 428 km (267 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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