NTSB Identification: DFW05WA078
Accident occurred Thursday, February 24, 2005 in Sapotito, Mexico
Aircraft: Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124, registration:
Injuries: 7 Fatal.

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

On February 24, 2005, approximately 1530 central standard time, an Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124 transport airplane, Mexican registration XC-COL, was destroyed upon impact with terrain following a loss of control near Sapotito, in the State of Michoacan, Republic of Mexico. The two crewmembers and the five passengers were fatally injured. The airplane, serial number 279, was owned and operated by the State of Colima, Republic of Mexico. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the domestic flight. An instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed for the executive flight that originated from the Toluca International Airport, near Toluca, Mexico, approximately 1510, with Colima, Mexico, as its intended destination.

According to Air Traffic Control, the flight was cleared to FL260 after departing Toluca. Soon after reaching their assigned altitude, the flight crew requested a descend to FL200. The aircraft was observed on radar descending through FL200 as the crew requested vectors to Morelia. Radar contact with the airplane was lost at approximately 15,800 feet. The wreckage of the CVR equipped airplane was located about 75 kilometers southeast of Morelia, Michoacan.

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

Secrataria de Comunicaciones y Transportes
Direccion General de Aeronuatica Civil (DGAC)
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 DGAC of the Republic of Mexico.

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