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Date:Tuesday 27 January 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6A
Operator:Aerotécnicos Asociados de México
Registration: XA-RIO
MSN: 44908/691
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:25 km (15.6 mls) N of Cozumel Airport (CZM) (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Cozumel Airport (CZM/MMCZ), Mexico
Destination airport:Mexico City International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
The DC-6 cargo plane crashed five minutes after take-off. The aircraft had arrived from Panama and offloaded its cargo at Cozumel. It was continuing empty to Mexico City.

» ABC (Madrid) 29 January 1976, p93
» El Siglo de Torreón 29 January 1976, p10
» El Tiempo 31 January 1976, p7A


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Distance from Cozumel Airport to Mexico City International Airport as the crow flies is 1267 km (792 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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