NTSB Identification: FTW00RA029
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 09, 1999 in URUAPAN, Mexico
Aircraft: Douglas DC-9-31, registration:
Injuries: 18 Fatal.

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

On November 9, 1999, at 1903 central standard time, a Douglas DC-9-31 turbojet transport airplane, Mexican registration XA-TKN, was destroyed on impact with terrain during initial takeoff climb from the Aeropuerto Nacional Licenciado y General Ignacio Lopez Rayon (UPN), near Uruapan, State of Michoacan, Mexico. The aircraft, operated by Transportes Aereos Ejecutivos S.A. (TAESA), as Flight number 725, was on a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Uruapan to Mexico City (MEX). The airline transport rated captain, the first officer, the 3 flight attendants, and the 13 passengers aboard the airplane were fatally injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight for which an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

Witnesses reported that the airplane assumed a higher than normal nose high attitude as soon as it departed from runway 20. The airplane impacted the ground in a nose low attitude on a heading of 110 degrees in an avocado grove located on the east side of the departure course, 3.3 DME miles south of the airport.

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

Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil Providencia 807, Cuarto Piso Colonia del Valle, Codigo Postal 03100 Mexico, D.F.

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from the Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil of the Republic of Mexico.

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