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Last updated: 25 October 2021
Date:Friday 24 October 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Registration: XA-WET
MSN: 20800294
First flight: 1998
Total airframe hrs:1760
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Laguna de Tres Palos (   Mexico)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport (ACA/MMAA), Mexico
A float-equipped Cessna 208 Caravan I crashed during takeoff from a lagoon (Laguna de Tres Palos). The aircraft began to oscillate when accelerating through a speed of 45 knots. The pilot aborted the takeoff. At that moment the right hand wing impacted the water. It broke off and the aircraft flipped over, coming to rest inverted.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: "Loss of control of aircraft XA-WET during water take-off due to the presence of crosswind."

Contributing factors:
Sudden wind variation.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIDAIA Mexico
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 7 months
Accident number: ACC/DT/AF/A/040/2014 MMAA
Download report: Final report

Loss of control


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