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XA-MEM, Boeing 727-264, Mexicana Airlines, Puerto Vallarta, JT8D-17R, JT8D
Code Number:
TAFV07P04_06
Title:
XA-MEM, Boeing 727-264, Mexicana Airlines, Puerto Vallarta, JT8D-17R, JT8D
CN: 22414
LN: 1748
Named: Veracruz
First flight: 04/05/1981
Engines: 3x Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17R

Accident Report:
Date: 31/03/1986
Time: 09:11
Operator: Mexicana
Registration: XA-MEM
Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers: Fatalities: 159 / Occupants: 159
Total: Fatalities: 167 / Occupants: 167
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Las Mesas (Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Mexico City-Benito Ju‡rez International Airport (MEX) (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Destination airport: Puerto Vallarta-Gustavo D. Ordaz Airport (PVR) (PVR/MMPR), Mexico
Flight number: 940
Narrative:
Flight 940 took off from Mexico City (MEX) at 08:40 for a flight to Puerto Vallarta (PVR), Mazatl‡n (MZT) and Los Angeles (LAX). The left main gear brake was overheated during the take-off run. When the aircraft had reached FL310 the heat caused a tyre on the left hand main gear to explode. Fuel and hydraulic lines were ruptured and electrical cables severed resulting in a cabin decompression. An emergency was declared, but the fuel ignited and caused a massive fire on board. Control was lost and the aircraft crashed into a mountain in the Sierra Madre, at an elevation of 9000 feet. It was found that the tire had been serviced with air rather than nitrogen. The air, under high temperature and pressure, resulted in a chemical reaction with the tire itself. This led to a chemical explosion of the tire.
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