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Aeromexico DC-9 Bad Landing... 6 Dead!

Sun Oct 08, 2000 3:07 am

"An Aeromexico DC-9 carrying 88 people skidded out of control while landing in heavy rain yesterday at Reynosa General Lucio Blanco Airport in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas near the Texas border. The plane smashed into at least two cars and three homes just beyond the runway.

At least six people in its path were killed. A 39-year-old woman and her three children, ages 1,3 and 5, were killed in their home, said Rigoberto Cruz Garcia, coordinator of operations for the Red Cross.

Two others walking nearby were also killed. The people in the cars suffered minor injuries.

Most passengers and crew escaped with only scrapes and bruises, climbing out of the crumpled plane, which came to rest in a ditch. At least 60 of the passengers and four crew were treated for minor injuries at hospitals in Reynosa, just across the border from McAllen, Texas, Red Cross officials said.

Four passengers - Edgar Guzman, Lisbeth Gonzalez, Nuria Balcanaera and Ruben Garcia Castaneda - were hospitalized after the incident. AeroMexico flight attendant Elizabeth Martinez was also hospitalized. All five remained under observation.

All aboard were Mexican citizens.

Flight 250 with 83 passengers and five crew members on board landed at about 5.00 p.m. with routine clearance from air traffic control in heavy rain with a three-mile visibility, the airline said in a statement.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the accident. An AeroMexico spokeswoman said the pilot put on the brakes but the plane didn't stop.

Airport manager Silverio Ruiz told the government news agency Notimex that the braking system had failed. Later, he told Notimex that the airport's short runway could have contributed to the crash, saying it is the shortest in the country. It was also soaked from heavy rains from tropical depression Keith.

The flight from Mexico City to Reynosa had been scheduled to continue on to the border city of Matamoros. Some passengers continued on on another flight.

As soon as the incident was reported, AeroMexico sent a team of emergency response experts to the site aboard a dedicated flight from Mexico City to assist passengers and the families of the five individuals who died.

The airline said it intends to meet all the immediate needs of the passengers, victims and their family members.

AeroMexico provided ground transportation to those passengers whose final destination was Matamoros and who chose to continue immediately to their destination, which is approximately 30 miles from Reynosa.

AeroMexico expressed its profound sympathy and concern for those involved in the incident and its commitment to do everything necessary to ease the impact on all concerned.

The airline said it was working closely with Mexican civil aviation authorities from the Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC) to determine the cause of the incident.

For information and assistance for passengers and family members of those aboard Flight 250, contact:

800-865-0576 in the U.S., 01-800-021-5020 in Mexico, or:

Also yesterday, a Mexican air force plane searching for marijuana crops crashed into a mountain in central Mexico, killing the pilot and co-pilot and injuring a captain who was on board observing the operation, the military said in a news release."

WOW... anyone have anymore info?
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RE: Aeromexico DC-9 Bad Landing... 6 Dead!

Sun Oct 08, 2000 5:42 am

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RE: Aeromexico DC-9 Bad Landing... 6 Dead!

Sun Oct 08, 2000 6:02 am

May they rest in peace. This is one of those things that can't really be avoided...
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RE: Aeromexico DC-9 Bad Landing... 6 Dead!

Sun Oct 08, 2000 7:20 am

Beleive me that airport is terrible, not to say the smallest runway in the country, and to top that, with rain, poor guys, but luckily no one on board was hurt that bad!
Aeromexico is doing its best in passenger assistance, and im sure that everyone needs will be assisted!
And to say the least, i flew the Dc9 for almost a year, and i flew that exact plane.

Well have a good one!
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RE: Aeromexico DC-9 Bad Landing... 6 Dead!

Sun Oct 08, 2000 7:38 am

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RE: Aeromexico DC-9 Bad Landing... 6 Dead!

Sun Oct 08, 2000 1:42 pm

I actaully can say that Aeromexico has the best pilots in the country. Does this plane was one of the oldest planes owned by aeromexico? Doesn't matter if it is old, because AMX has a good maintenaince program. I don't think was something bad with the plane or pilots. I think this accident must call the attention of the mexican goverment in order to have better airports. Mexico has such good airports like MTY or MEX but there are some airports like Reynosa's one which are really bad.

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RE: Aeromexico DC-9 Bad Landing... 6 Dead!

Sun Oct 08, 2000 8:23 pm

Hi Nick,

it is refreshing to read through your posts  

you see i joined the forum again! hopefully i can write more. Today is sunday and iam not at the visitors deck in FRA but sitting in the office :-( well thats life !

take care
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Mon Oct 09, 2000 12:08 am

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RE: Aeromexico DC-9 Bad Landing... 6 Dead!

Mon Oct 09, 2000 12:36 am

The only thing that I can say is that I'm amazed that this plane isn't more broken up...Guess MD DID build 'em tough.
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RE: Aeromexico DC-9 Bad Landing... 6 Dead!

Thu Oct 12, 2000 12:03 pm

TWA717_200, actually the plane was traveling relatively slow when it ran off the runway, that's why it didn't break into a lot of pieces. The pilot was able to reduce speed considerably across the short distance the plane was in contact with the runway. This accident must make Mexican Authorities realize they just can't have an airport with such poor facilities. Reynosa's runway is extremely short. Add to that the conditions when the crash occurred: wet pavement, which caused the airplane to loose friction with the ground, gusting winds, reduced visibility, low cloud ceiling; the crew faced many tough elements, which raises the obvious question: what made them decide to land?
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RE: Aeromexico DC-9 Bad Landing... 6 Dead!

Thu Oct 12, 2000 2:22 pm

I've flown several times to MAM (Matamoros Mx) in this same flighy AM250 with a stop in REX (Reynosa Mx) and on AM240, and believe me, landing on both airports is a chalenge. In July I took flight AM240, and when the pilot was trying to land the MD80 he couldn't center the plane with the runway, so he had to take the plane up and turn around to try once more. In the second shot, a big smoke steam block the visibility of the runway, but he still made the approach and landed the aircraft drastically. After the MD80 came to a complete standsteel, the pilot apologize to the passengers and said that severe cross winds made him abort the landing, the control tower advise him short before aborting. People were a little bit frightened because the passengers that commonly fly to MAM and REX are experiencing their first day on an airplane.
I agree with you AM, the authorities have to do something with many airports in Mexico that have poor facilities (we even have a city called Tuxtla Gutierrez that has two airports with the poorest facilities I've ever seen, you don't even know in which one you are going to land, because sometimes one in closed and you have to use the other one; so if someone is waiting for you in one airport, he will be advised that the flight landed in the other airport and he will make the trip to pick you up. Just imagine!!).
I wish that know that airports are being privatized, owners invest money to upgrade facilities so in the future we don't hear stories like this.


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