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Date:Saturday 12 December 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-25
Operator:Aeronica - Aerolineas Nicaraguenses
Registration: YN-BXW
MSN: 18284/161
First flight: 1965-07-14 (16 years 5 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) (   Mexico)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Destination airport:San Salvador-Comalapa International Airport (SAL/MSLP), El Salvador
When the passengers were ready to embark the plane, a bomb exploded between the rearmost cabin seat on the left aisle and the cabin wall. The blast tore a 3 feet hole in the fuselage. The captain, two stewardesses and an airport mechanic where injured.

Damaged on the ground

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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
14 JUL 1965 N8133N Eastern Airlines
28 AUG 1981 YN-BXW Aeronica

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 San Salvador-Comalapa International Airport as the crow flies is 1251 km (782 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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