On January 2, 1998, at approximately 2030 central standard time, a Learjet 24 airplane, Mexican registration XA-RRK, was destroyed upon impact with terrain while on an instrument approach near Tampico, Mexico. The airline transport rated pilot and two his passengers were fatally injured, while the commercial pilot acting as copilot was seriously injured. The name of the Mexican air taxi operator was not provided. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight for which an IFR flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Houston, Texas, approximately 55 minutes before the accident.

According to Mexican officials, the airplane had been cleared for the ILS approach to the General Francisco Javier Mina Airport in Tampico, Mexico. The surviving copilot stated that the airplane was flying the 8 mile DME arc to intercept the localizer when the airplane impacted the ground. The field elevation at the airport is 79 feet MSL.

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

Director General Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC) Providencia 807 - Cuarto Piso Colonia del Valle CP 03100 Mexico, D.F., Mexico This report is for informational purposes only and contains information released by, or obtained from the Government of Mexico.

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