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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 5 March 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor
Operator:Mexicana de Aviación
Registration: XA-BCW
MSN: 5-AT-045
First flight: 1929-04-26 (10 years 11 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near San Martín Volcano, Veracruz (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mexico City-Central Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Destination airport:Chetumal Airport (CTM/MMCM), Mexico
Crashed in a forest near the San Martín Volcano, Los Tuxtlas, between Veracruz and Minatitlan in bad weather.

» The Ford Tri-Motor 1926-1992 / William T. Larkins
» El Informador 6 March 1940


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Distance from Mexico City-Central Airport to Chetumal Airport as the crow flies is 1128 km (705 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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