ASN logo
Last updated: 2 December 2021
Date:Saturday 1 September 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Operator:Mexicana de Aviación
Registration: XA-JOR
MSN: 43211/167
First flight: 1950
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 38
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 42
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Lake Texcoco (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
Destination airport:Mexico City International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
The DC-6 force landed in a drained lake while on approach to Mexico City. There was about 1 m of water in the lake because of recent heavy rainfall.


photo of Douglas-DC-6-XA-JOR
accident date: 01-09-1951
type: Douglas DC-6
registration: XA-JOR

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 Los Angeles International Airport, CA to Mexico City International Airport as the crow flies is 2484 km (1552 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.
languages: languages