ASN logo
Date:Wednesday 4 June 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-64
Operator:Mexicana de Aviación
Registration: XA-SEL
MSN: 19256/355
First flight: 1967-01-06 (2 years 5 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 72 / Occupants: 72
Total:Fatalities: 79 / Occupants: 79
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:23 km (14.4 mls) NW of Monterrey-Gen Mariano Escobedo Airport (MTY) (   Mexico)
Crash site elevation: 1800 m (5906 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Destination airport:Monterrey-Aeropuerto Del Norte (NTR/MMAN), Mexico
The aircraft made a continuous descent at 1500-1600 feet/min at 250 knots IAS. Passing the Monterrey VOR, the aircraft turned left, instead of right to enter the holding pattern. The Boeing proceeded outside the designated holding pattern and collided with rising terrain (Cerro del Fraile).

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain


Add your photo of this accident or aircraft

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 Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport to Monterrey-Aeropuerto Del Norte as the crow flies is 721 km (450 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.
languages: languages


Boeing 727

  • 1832 built
  • 12th loss
  • 10th fatal accident
  • 2nd worst accident (at the time)
  • 24th worst accident (currently)
» safety profile

  • The worst accident (at the time)
  • 2nd worst accident (currently)
» safety profile

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2022 Flight Safety Foundation

701 N. Fairfax St., Ste. 250
Alexandria, Virginia 22314