On December 30, 2006, at 1740 central standard time, a twin-engine Sabreliner NA-265-T39 airplane, Mexican registration XA-TNP, was destroyed upon impact with terrain following a loss of control while maneuvering for landing near Culiacan (MMCL), State of Sinaloa, in the Republic of Mexico, The airline transport rated pilot and the commercial pilot acting as first officer were fatally injured. The airplane was owned and operated by Fax Air S.A de C.V., a domestic cargo operator. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the revenue flight for which an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed. The cargo flight originated from La Paz (MMLP), State of Baja California Sur, Mexico, at approximately 1645, with Culiacan as its intended destination.

According to local authorities, the crew requested a low approach prior to landing at MMCL. During the low approach, the crew lost control of the airplane and the airplane impacted poles prior to impacting the ground. A post-impact fire consumed the airplane. Several homes were damaged by the fire; however, there were no reported ground injuries. The recovery and read-out of the on-board cockpit voice recorder (CVR) in pending.

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

Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT)
Direccion General de Aeronautica 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 Mexico.

Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsis
Return to Query Page