ASN Aircraft accident Convair CV-240-53 (C-131A) XA-TAP Zumpango
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 31 March 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-53 (C-131A)
Operator:Linea Aérea Mexicana de Carga
Registration: XA-TAP
MSN: 53-13
First flight: 1954
Total airframe hrs:36792
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-99W
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Zumpango (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Destination airport:Monterrey-General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY/MMMY), Mexico
The Convair CV-240 cargo plane took off from Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport about 03:55 hours local time.
At 04:08 hours the flight radioed their intention to return to their departure airport because of problems with one engine.
Due to a loss of power on engine no.2 the aircraft could not maintain altitude.
The flight crew decided to divert to nearby Santa Lucía Air Base as the international airport could not be reached.
While approaching the air base, the aircraft impacted trees and crashed.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: "Emergency landing due to fire on the right engine (2), impacting trees in low visibility conditions."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: SCT Mexico
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 163 days (5 months)
Accident number: 026/98
Download report: Final report

Emergency landing

» Flight International 13-19 January 1999
» Scramble 228, Scramble 229


photo of Convair-CV-240-53-N9168Y
accident date: 31-03-1998
type: Convair CV-240-53 (C-131A)
registration: N9168Y

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 Monterrey-General Mariano Escobedo International Airport as the crow flies is 709 km (443 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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