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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 11666
Last updated: 28 April 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-250 Aztec B
Owner/operator:Coastal States Aviation
Registration: N5211Y
MSN: 272259
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:43 mi SE of Ciudad Victoria, TAM -   Mexico
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:MAM - Matamoros
Destination airport:CCM - Cuatro Caminos
On May 22, 1964, the former mayor of New Orleans, DeLesseps "Chep" Morrison, rented this plane that crashed on a mountainous hillside located in Rancho "La Guajolota", 70 km from Ciudad Victoria Tamaulipas. Morrison was 52 years old. On board, his seven-year-old son Randy, his German shepherd puppy and five others; Ovide J. Cenac, friend of Morrison and president of Cenac Towing Company, Raleigh Pellegrin, employee of Cenac, Carolyn Cataldo Vandergrift, who also worked for Cenac and his son Christopher, seven years old, and pilot Hugh C. Ward, 25 years of age, none survived.

Three farmers from that ranch, Guadalupe Avalos, Jesus Rincon and Porfirio Pesina, told the authorities that they saw the plane pass in the opposite direction of their route looking for a place to land since apparently one of the engines was failing, throwing flames through the escape, at that moment that place was hit by a furious storm, a few moments later they heard when the plane crashed on the slopes of the hill just in a small gorge a few meters from a corn field, apparently the objective of the pilot, the remains of the plane and its occupants were spread over 650ft from the site.


Passauer Neue Presse 25 May 1964, p2
El Litoral 24 May 1964, p1
La Stampa 24 May 1964, p8
El Siglo de Torreon 24 May 1964, p1

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
01-Oct-2014 18:05 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
01-Jun-2015 13:57 TB Updated [Location, Source]
11-Aug-2015 09:32 TB Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
11-Aug-2015 09:33 TB Updated [Narrative]
09-May-2019 18:32 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
12-May-2019 07:50 John Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
12-May-2019 19:35 John Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
13-May-2019 19:04 John Updated [Narrative]
28-May-2019 07:00 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
12-Sep-2019 11:48 TB Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source]

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