Uvalencia From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 55 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2428 times:
On August 31st 1986 Aeromexico flight 498, a DC-9-32, with Mexican registration XA-JED collided midair over the residential area of Cerritos California while descending to Los Angeles Int. with a Piper PA Cherokee. All 64 on board were killed plus 15 more in the ground. AM 498 departed Mexico City for an scheduled flight to LAX with intermediate stops at GDL and TIJ. While on descend and while being directed by the ATC the Piper PA struck AM 498 in the tail separating the whole section from the fuselage, the DC-9 fell down in an inverted position during a breathless minute until it finally crashed in a residential area. Also all three ocupants on the Piper PA where killed.
The Piper PA enter without authorization to the LAX terminal area, the 57 year old pilot was flying on VFR with his wife and daughter. AM 498 was on IFR and was requested by ATC to reduce speed just moments before the crashed ocurred. It was shown that the see and avoid concept for AM 498 could have not been used since the Piper PA was only for a few seconds on the crew sight.
During the investigation and the trial Aeromexico was not found guilty of any single item, becoming the first foreign carrier of not having any responsabilities in a crash.
This is just a little tribute to the people who died today 15 years ago and also to all the people in Aeromexico who worked so hard and with so much effort to probe the innocence of the crew members and the system of a whole company.
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2354 times:
Has it been that long? I remember vividly the day it happened. On a trip to Germany and woke up to the AFN T.V. coverage of the incident. As a former crewmember, thanks so much for remembering a crew and the people who strove to prove them innocent. God rest their souls.
Latinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2738 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2350 times:
This is the plane from AM 498 on one of it's previous visits to LAX.
Wow, for me it seems so long ago. I was only 9 years old when that tragedy occured and I can't really remember that much because I was probably in school when it happened but I do remember getting home and seeing the crash site on the news. I just remember watching the news and thinking; Wow, there is nothing recognizable left from the plane. It was just a huge black debry covered area. I wasn't particularly too aware of the situation because I was rader young but I remember that my family members where touched by the case as they had previously flown on that flight on one of our yearly visits to GDL.
A couple of years later I would sit eating dinner watching the news of the worst terrorist act ever commited to an airplane, Pan Am #103. I remember very vividly the news and looking at the 747 cockpit almost half intact and the words "Clipper Queen of the Seas", on T.V.
Rojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2482 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2329 times:
I remember I was in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California when the accident happend. I already had an affection for the airline industry and when I saw the news I couldn´t belive it. In the 80's I used to fly a lot on AM DC9's and what happend in Cerritos made me realize that any airline can have an accident, but AeroMexico couldn´t be blamed of a heart attack of a pilot that made the piper aircraft get into the flying path of AM flight 498. May the 64 passengers/crew members and residents of the area reast in peace.