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Last updated: 21 October 2020
Date:Wednesday 23 December 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Raytheon Beechjet 400A
Operator:Aerolíneas Ejecutivas
Registration: XA-MEX
C/n / msn: RK-396
First flight: 2004
Total airframe hrs:5744
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Telluride Airport, CO (TEX) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP), United States of America
Destination airport:Telluride Airport, CO (TEX/KTEX), United States of America
The aircraft, a Beechjet 400A, collided with a snowplow while landing at the Telluride Regional Airport, Colorado, USA. The pilot, co-pilot, five passengers, and the snowplow operator were not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged during the accident.
Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. The flight departed Monterrey, Mexico, with a planned stop in El Paso, Texas, en route to Telluride, Colorado.
Prior to departure from Monterrey, the crew obtained preflight information, including NOTAMs for the planned route of flight. The NOTAMs for Telluride (KTEX) noted several runway closure times; however, none of the closures were valid for the period during which the flight would arrive at KTEX.
The flight departed El Paso at 12:20 MST and the flight crew discussed the weather conditions at their destination airport, including concern that the weather maybe below minimums and may not allow for a landing. The Montrose Regional Airport (KMTJ), Colorado, was discussed as an alternate destination. As the flight neared their destination, the crew was in contact with a Denver en-route/center controller. The crew also listened to the Telluride's airport automated weather station.
At 13:48, the controller asked the pilots to advise him when they had the weather and NOTAMS for KTEX, adding that another airplane just attempted an approach into KTEX, but had to execute a missed approach. The pilot reported that they received the weather information and planned to make the approach. The controller responded by giving the flight a heading, saying this would be for the descent and sequence into the airport.
At 13:50, the airport operator entered a NOTAM via computer closing the runway (effective 13:50) for snow removal, and the airport operator proceeded onto the runway. At 13:58, the controller cleared the accident airplane for the approach to the airport. The pilot then cancelled his flight plan at 14:02 with the airport in sight. The crew did not change radio frequency to the airport's common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) for traffic advisories.
During the landing, the crew did not see the snowplow on the runway until it was too late to avoid a collision.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The limitations of the air traffic control equipment that prevented the controller's timely recognition of NOTAM information that was effective immediately and resulted in the issuance of an approach clearance to a closed runway. Also causal was the pilots' omission to monitor and transmit their intentions on the airport common frequency. Contributing to the accident was the controller's heavy workload and the limitations of the NOTAM system to distribute information in a timely manner."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 4 months
Accident number: CEN16LA067
Download report: Summary report

Collision with airport equipment
Runway mishap

» NTSB CVR transcript

METAR Weather report:
20:15 UTC / 13:15 local time:
KTEX 232015Z AUTO 11003KT 7SM SCT015 SCT019 OVC038 M05/M08 A2952 RMK AO2 T10551080

20:35 UTC / 13:35 local time:
KTEX 232035Z AUTO 11005KT 10SM SCT029 OVC035 M05/M09 A2950 RMK AO2 T10551089

20:55 UTC / 13:55 local time:
KTEX 232055Z AUTO 00000KT 2SM -SN SCT012 BKN019 OVC027 M05/M09 A2951 RMK AO2 VIS 1V5 T10551089

21:15 UTC / 14:15 local time:
KTEX 232115Z AUTO 10003KT 1 3/4SM -SN BKN011 OVC022 M05/M08 A2950 RMK AO2 T10521085

21:35 UTC / 14:35 local time:
KTEX 232135Z AUTO 12003KT 3SM -SN SCT009 SCT020 OVC031 M05/M08 A2949 RMK AO2 T10551080


photo of Raytheon-Beechjet-400A-XA-MEX
accident date: 23-12-2015
type: Raytheon Beechjet 400A
registration: XA-MEX
photo of Raytheon-Beechjet-400A-XA-MEX
accident date: 23-12-2015
type: Raytheon Beechjet 400A
registration: XA-MEX

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 El Paso International Airport, TX to Telluride Airport, CO as the crow flies is 693 km (433 miles).

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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