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Last updated: 16 October 2021
Date:Sunday 7 December 2008
Time:ca 18:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 23
Operating for:Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala
Registration: XC-LGD
MSN: 23-037
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,8 km (0.5 mls) N off Atlangatepec Air Force Station (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Official state flight
Departure airport:Puebla/Huejotzingo Airport (PBC/MMPB), Mexico
Destination airport:Atlangatepec Air Force Station (MMTA), Mexico
The aircraft was making a visual approach to the runway of Atlangatepec Air Force Station, located adjacent to the lagoon of the same name. After having made a low altitude pass over the runway starting at threshold 01, the crew made a teardrop turn starting on the right to end up on the approach runway 19.
The aircraft impacted the lagoon half a mile from the threshold of runway 19. The aircraft sank in 30 meters of water.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: Controlled flight into terrain.
Contributing factors:
- Weather conditions (Cloudy).
- Final approach with tailwind.
- Landing within one hour of twilight after sunset.
- Lack of experience of the co-pilot.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

» Servicio de Administración y Enajenación de Bienes (SAE)
» DGCA Mexico Report 073/09


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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 Puebla/Huejotzingo Airport to Atlangatepec Air Force Station as the crow flies is 46 km (29 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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