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Accident description
Last updated: 24 May 2018
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 15 May 2018
Time:ca 09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:private
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Tuzantán (   Mexico)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Three occupants were killed when their aircraft impacted terrain and burned on a wooded hillside in the Tuzantán municipality in Mexico.
A photo from the scene of the accident shows a burned wreck of an aircraft with a white tail fin, likely of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan.
Local media state that the white coloured aircraft carried the registration mark N149CD. This number also belongs to a U.S. Cessna 208B. Recent photos of this aircraft however show a different colour scheme. ASN reached out to the current owner to confirm, but has not heard back.

A reasonable explanation could be that drug traffickers used an aircraft with a fake id, belonging to a similar model aircraft. There have been multiple similar cases in 2018.
In the remains of the aircraft at least eight drums were found with a capacity of 20 liters each. Apparently some kind of fuel was transported.

Sources:
» diariodelsur.com.mx


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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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