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Last updated: 9 July 2020
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 24 February 2005
Time:15:37
Type:Silhouette image of generic WW24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IAI 1124 Westwind
Operator:Gobierno del Estado de Colima
Registration: XC-COL
C/n / msn: 279
First flight: 1979
Total airframe hrs:8523
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-3-1G
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near El Devanador, Tzitzio (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Toluca Airport (TLC/MMTO), Mexico
Destination airport:Colima Airport (CLQ/MMIA), Mexico
Narrative:
The IAI Westwind jet departed Toluca (TLC) at 15:16 for a flight to Colima (CLQ), carrying a.o. the governor of the western Mexican state of Colima, Gustavo Vázquez Montes. Ten minutes later the aircraft had reached the cruising altitude of FL260.
At 15:31 the pilot radioed that he had some flight control problems and that they were diverting to Morelia Airport (MLM). A descent from FL160 was initiated on radial 160 of the Morelia VOR. The aircraft then disappeared from radar and was later found to have crashed in a mountainous area.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Sudden descent during cruise flight and loss of control of the aircraft due to flight control problems".

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
- Possible failure of the horizontal stabilizer actuator
- Possible abrupt change in the attitude of the aircraft due to the position of the centre of gravity
- Possible improper crew actions to resolve the emergency.
- Possible crew neglect of position and indication of flight controls.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: SCT Mexico
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Accident number: 012/05
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes


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Distance from Toluca Airport to Colima Airport as the crow flies is 419 km (262 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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IAI 1124

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  • 20th loss
  • 10th fatal accident
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