TAESA Flight 725

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TAESA flight 725
Accident summary
Date 9 November 1999
Summary Pilot error, spatial disorientation
Site Uruapan, Mexico
Passengers 13
Crew 5
Fatalities 18 (all)
Aircraft type McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Operator TAESA
Registration XA-TKN
Flight origin Uruapan

TAESA Flight 725 covered the TijuanaMexico City route with a stop in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico. A McDonnell-Douglas DC-9-31 used to fly this route. On November 9, 1999, flight 725 went down a few minutes after leaving the Uruapan International Airport en route to Mexico City. 18 people were killed in the accident.[1]

Crash investigators determined that the pilots of Flight 725 didn't use the checklists prior to departure. During climbout, the pilots became confused about what heading to take during a standard instrument departure. Spatial disorientation was believed to be one factor in the crash of Flight 725.[2]


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