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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Datum:Sonntag 8 November 1981
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Kennzeichen: XA-DEO
Werknummer: 47622/753
Baujahr: 1974
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 12 / Insassen: 12
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 18 / Insassen: 18
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:65 km (40.6 Meilen) E of Zihuatanejo (   Mexiko)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport (ACA/MMAA), Mexiko
Flug nach:Guadalajara-Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL/MMGL), Mexiko
DC-9 registered XA-DEO departed Acapulco for a domestic flight to Guadalajara. About 35 minutes after takeoff a cabin decompression occurred. The pilot radioed that they wanted to return to Acapulco and initiated an emergency descent from FL310. Over the Sierra de Guerro mountains the plane struck a mountain at 6000 feet altitude and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Crew failed to follow approved (emergency) procedures.


photo of DC-9-32-XA-DEO
accident date: 08-11-1981
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
registration: XA-DEO

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 Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport to Guadalajara-Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport as the crow flies is 559 km (349 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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