NTSB Identification: FTW97WA133
Accident occurred Sunday, March 16, 1997 in TEJUPILCO, Mexico
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-181, registration: N5968F
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On March 16, 1997, approximately 1420 central standard time, a Piper PA-28-181, N5968F, was destroyed upon impact with terrain near Tejupilco, Mexico. The non-instrument rated private pilot and his two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was being operated by the pilot under Title 14 CFR Part 91. The personal cross country flight for which a VFR flight plan was filed originated from Cuernavaca, Mexico, at 1320, with Monterey, Mexico, as the destination. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed in the area of the accident.

According to Mexican authorities, the pilot arrived at the Cuernavaca Airport at 0600 to plan his return flight to Monterey; however, his departure was delayed due to inclement weather near the airport until 1320 in the afternoon. On his VFR flight plan, the pilot estimated his arrival time at the Monterey Airport would be 1600. The wreckage of the airplane was located on March 19, 1997.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Mexico. Any further information regarding this accident may be obtained from:

Subsecretaria de Transportes Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC) Providencia 807 - Cuarto Piso Colonia del Valle 03100 Mexico, D.F Phone 525-687-7680 FAX 525-523-4751

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released or obtained from the Government of Mexico.

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