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Last updated: 14 November 2019
Date:Wednesday 12 September 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Let L-410UVP-E
Operator:Aero Ferinco
Registration: XA-ACM
C/n / msn: 892401
First flight: 1989
Engines: 2 Walter M-601E
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:7,5 km (4.7 mls) NE of Chichén Itzá (   Mexico)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chichén Itzá Airport (CZA/MMCT), Mexico
Destination airport:Cozumel Airport (CZM/MMCZ), Mexico
The charter plane was climbing through about 500 feet when it began turning onto a course requested by the air traffic controller. Somehow control was lost during this turn, as the aircraft crashed. Reportedly the right hand engine had failed.
The pilot had 7,100 hours flying time and the co-pilot more than 1,000 hours. Weather was reported to be good (clear and sunny).

Loss of control

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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 Chichén Itzá Airport to Cozumel Airport as the crow flies is 158 km (99 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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