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Accident description
Last updated: 23 February 2018
Date:Friday 10 May 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 200
Operator:Aero Servicios Empresariales
Registration: XA-SWJ
C/n / msn: 126
First flight: 1968
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Santa Maria de Otaez (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Durango-Guadalupe Victoria Airport (DGO/MMDO), Mexico
Destination airport:Santa Maria de Otaez, Mexico
Crashed into a hill while trying to land on a mine airstrip in gusty winds and turbulence.

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photo of de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 200 N201E
N201E moved to XA-SWJ in December 1994
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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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