FTW95WA081
FTW95WA081

On January 4, 1995, approximately 0820 local time, a Piper Aerostar 601P, N720EM, was destroyed when it impacted the ground near Toluca, Mexico. The airplane, owned and operated by the private multi-engine rated pilot, was on a personal cross country flight. A VFR flight plan was in effect and visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The pilot and the one passenger received fatal injuries.

According to preliminary information, received from the Government of Mexico Director General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), the airplane had departed the Cuernavaca, Mexico, airport, en route to Monterrey, Mexico, with an ultimate destination of its home base in Dallas, Texas. According to the initial reports, the pilot contacted ATC shortly after takeoff and reported a power loss in the left engine. He subsequently stated his intentions of attempting to land at the Toluca airport.

Airport personnel observed the airplane over the airport on a heading of 350 degrees with the left propeller "dead." They then observed the airplane enter what was described as a "stall" and then descend out of control to ground impact. A post-crash fire ensued. Detailed weather data was not immediately available.

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