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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 20 May 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic JCOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rockwell 1121B Jet Commander
Registration: N1121F
MSN: 150
First flight:
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-5
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near La Carbonera (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP), United States of America
Destination airport:Toluca Airport (TLC/MMTO), Mexico
Crashed en route from El Paso, Texas, USA to Toluca, Mexico. The plane had climbed to FL410 to navigate around thunderstorm activity.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: "Loss of control of the aircraft during cruise flight, when penetrating into a turbulent zone (cb's), causing an accelerated descent to the ground."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: SCT Mexico
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 87 days (3 months)
Accident number: 052/97
Download report: Final report

Loss of control



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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 El Paso International Airport, TX to Toluca Airport as the crow flies is 1535 km (959 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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