ASN Aircraft accident Rockwell Sabreliner 40 XA-TFC Monterrey-Aeropuerto Del Norte (NTR)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 16 May 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic SBR1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rockwell Sabreliner 40
Operator:Jett Paqueteria
Registration: XA-TFC
MSN: 265-15
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:17267
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney J60P-3
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:22 km (13.8 mls) SW of Monterrey-Aeropuerto Del Norte (NTR) (   Mexico)
Crash site elevation: 1325 m (4347 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:San Luis Potosí Airport (SLP/MMSP), Mexico
Destination airport:Monterrey-Aeropuerto Del Norte (NTR/MMAN), Mexico
The Rockwell Sabreliner 40 jet flew into the side of the Cerro de las Mitras mountain while approaching Monterrey-Aeropuerto Del Norte, Mexico, in conditions of rain and fog.
The flight had been cleared to descend to 5000 feet, but the aircraft continued to 4350 feet until it hit the mountain.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: "Not maintaining a safety height and being unaligned in the approach trajectory."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: SCT Mexico
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 76 days (3 months)
Accident number: 048/97
Download report: Final report


» ICAO File : 97001510


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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 San Luis Potosí Airport to Monterrey-Aeropuerto Del Norte as the crow flies is 405 km (253 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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