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Last updated: 19 October 2019
Date:Monday 13 June 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operator:Aero Cuahonte
Registration: XA-SLU
C/n / msn: TC-401
First flight: 1981
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) W of Uruapan Airport (UPN) (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lazaro Cardenas Airport (LZC/MMLC), Mexico
Destination airport:Uruapan Airport (UPN/MMPN), Mexico
The Metro II passenger plane, operated by Aero Cuahonte, was destroyed when it struck a high ground after trying to land Uruapan Airport, Mexico. The accident occurred during the third attempt to land, when a go around was flown following an approach to runway 02.
The accident was attributed to the pilot's failure to follow the established go-around procedure correctly. Contributing factors included the adverse weather conditions presumed visual flight in IMC

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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 Lazaro Cardenas Airport to Uruapan Airport as the crow flies is 155 km (97 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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