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Last updated: 25 October 2020
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 15 May 1993
Time:09:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6BF
Operator:Carga del Caribe
Registration: XA-SEA
C/n / msn: 43825/315
First flight: 1953
Total airframe hrs:38447
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB16
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:22 km (13.8 mls) N off Cozumel Airport (CZM) (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Cancún Airport (CUN/MMUN), Mexico
Destination airport:Cancún Airport (CUN/MMUN), Mexico
Narrative:
A Douglas DC-6 hit the water off Cancún Airport, Mexico, during a test flight. One pilot and two passengers died in the accident.
The aircraft departed Cancún Airport at 09:22 hours on a test flight to Cozumel, without the intention to land there, and back to Cancún. The intention was to verify the operation of the engines. In the flight plan the pilot noted that would fly at 2000 feet. At 15 miles from Cozumel, the flight requested authorization from the control tower of Cancún to descend. This was approved.
The aircraft descended in unfavorable weather conditions (rain) until it hit the water. The pilot in command and a passenger suffered serious injuries. The co-pilot was fatally injured and the other two passengers were reported missing.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: Performing an altitude loss operation, in low visibility conditions, with an exaggerated descent angle considering the flight level (2000 feet) over water, not allowing space for the recovery of the aircraft, until impacting the water surface.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: SCT Mexico
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: 051/93
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep


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photo of Douglas-DC-6BF-N92BL
accident date: 15-05-1993
type: Douglas DC-6BF
registration: N92BL
 

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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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