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Last updated: 30 October 2020
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 6 July 2008
Time:01:09
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15F
Operator:USA Jet Airlines
Registration: N199US
C/n / msn: 47153/185
First flight: 1967
Total airframe hrs:54141
Cycles:69161
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B (HK3)
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,8 km (0.5 mls) N of Saltillo-Plan de Guadalupe International Airport (SLW) (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Shreveport Regional Airport, LA (SHV/KSHV), United States of America
Destination airport:Saltillo-Plan de Guadalupe International Airport (SLW/MMIO), Mexico
Flightnumber:298043
Narrative:
USA Jet Flight 199 departed Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI (YIP) on July 5 for Hamilton (YHM), Canada to pick up cargo. Automotive parts were loaded on board and the flight continued to Shreveport (SHV) where it arrived at 23:19 CDT. After clearing customs it took off again at 23:48 CDT, bound for Saltillo (SLW), Mexico.
The DC-9 crashed in an industrial area 800 m north of the airport. The airplane broke up and burned.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE
The Aviation Accident and Incident Investigation Directorate determines that the probable causes of the accident were the continuation of an unstable final approach without having the runway in sight and the consequent loss of control - at low altitude - in view of the imminent impact.
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS
- Weather conditions at the airport
- Unstabilized approach
- Fatigue
- Lack of experience of the co-pilot
- Failure to follow proper procedures
- Lack of operational procedures
- Not following proper Saltillo tower controller procedures
- Lack of supervision by the authority
- The coincidence of factors that individually would not represent a substantial increase in the risk of the operations, but that in this case were added, that is; late night flight, little experience of the co-pilot, omission of briefing by the captain, a single Jepessen for two pilots, DME #2 inoperative, captain command bars inoperative, DME arc, ILS/DME approach, omission of fog bank report and finally saturation in the communications with the Monterrey Control Center.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: DGCA Mexico
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 2 months
Accident number: ACC 34/08
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Landing after unstabilized approach
Loss of control

Sources:
» Se desploma avión en Ramos Arizpe (Vanguardia 6-7-2008)
» SCT Comunicado de Prensa No. 123
» USA Jet Airlines press release


Photos

photo of DC-9-15F-N199US
accident date: 06-07-2008
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15F
registration: N199US
photo of DC-9-15F-N199US
accident date: 06-07-2008
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15F
registration: N199US
photo of DC-9-15F-N199US
accident date: 06-07-2008
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15F
registration: N199US
photo of DC-9-15F-N199US
photo of DC-9-15F-N199US
accident date: 06-07-2008
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15F
registration: N199US
 

Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
18 OCT 1967 N8910 Continental Airlines
24 JUN 1972 N8910 Southern Airways leased
07 JUN 1973 N9350 Hughes Airwest
01 OCT 1980 N9350 Republic Airlines airline merged
14 SEP 1984 N9350 Purolator Courier
N567PC Purolator Courier new registration
21 SEP 1987 N567PC Emery Worldwide Airlines airline merged
01 JUL 1996 N199US USA Jet Airlines

Map
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 Shreveport Regional Airport, LA to Saltillo-Plan de Guadalupe International Airport as the crow flies is 1025 km (641 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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