Mexico-Bound Taesa Flight 725

Tuesday, November 9, 1999
By George Hatcher

Pictured: sister ship to XA-TKN, Taesa XA-SXV Douglas DC-9-14. This shot was taken in Mexico City at February 10, 1999
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Contact photographer Gerard Helmer

What: TAESA Douglas DC-9-31 turbojet en route from Uruapan to Mexico City
When: November 9, 1999
Who: Uruapan
Why: On November 9, 1999, a Douglas DC-9-31 turbojet transport airplane 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. Transportes Aereos Ejecutivos S.A. (TAESA),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 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.

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