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Last updated: 19 September 2021
Fecha:jueves 19 enero 1961
Tipo:Douglas DC-8-21
Operador:Aeronaves de México
Registración: XA-XAX
Numéro de série: 45432/105
Año de Construcción: 1960
Horas Totales de la Célula:529
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT4A-
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 9
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 97
Total:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 106
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Despegue (TOF)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), México
Número de Vuelo: 401
The takeoff run from runway 07R was aborted, but the DC-8 crashed and burned.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The probable cause of the accident was the unnecessary discontinuing of the takeoff as a result of the action by the check-pilot, who was not in either pilot seat, in reaching forward without warning and pulling the throttles back This action caused power to be decreased on all four engines. Contributing factors were the marginally poor weather, snow on the runway, and the possibility of the pitot head heat not have been on."


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Distance from New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY to Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport as the crow flies is 3342 km (2089 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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