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Last updated: 28 October 2021
Date:Tuesday 27 November 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-2-243
Operator:Lineas Aéreas Unidas SA - LAUSA
Registration: XA-DOQ
MSN: 2077
First flight: 1939
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:San Luis Acatlán (   Mexico)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Luis Acatlán, Mexico
Destination airport:Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport (ACA/MMAA), Mexico
The DC-2 was approaching San Luis Acatlán when the pilots saw that the grass strip was blocked due to the presence of cattle. The flight circled the airfield while the animals were removed from the runway. This caused a delay due to which the airplane had to takeoff in darkness, bound for Acapulco. On takeoff the airplane hit something. The airplane crashed and caught fire.

» The Sheboygan Press, 1951-11-29
» El Siglo de Torreon 29 November 1951, p.1


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