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Last updated: 27 October 2021
Date:Saturday 5 November 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Mexican Government
Registration: XC-ABW
MSN: 19217
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 17
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Lake Texcoco (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Official state flight
Departure airport:Mexico City International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Destination airport:Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport (ACA/MMAA), Mexico
Crashed following an engine failure. Among those killed was Cabinet Minister Carlos Lazo.

Apparently this aircraft was rebuilt in the United States as N1369N before being sold to the Brazilian Air Force as FAB2065.

» El Siglo de Torreon 6 November 1955, p1+4
» El Siglo de Torreon 7 November 1955, p15
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 65)


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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 Mexico City International Airport to Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport as the crow flies is 305 km (190 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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