TAESA Flight 725

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TAESA flight 725
TAESA XA-TKN.jpg
XA-TKN, same type of the aircraft involved in the accident
Accident summary
Date 9 November 1999
Summary Slat malfunction due to pilot error causing spatial disorientation, deep stall and loss of controls
Site Uruapan, Mexico
Passengers 13
Crew 5
Fatalities 18 (all)
Aircraft type McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Operator TAESA
Registration XA-TKN
Flight origin Tijuana International Airport, Tijuana, Baja California
1st stopover Guadalajara International Airport, Guadalajara, Jalisco
Last stopover Uruapan International Airport, Uruapan, Michoacán
Destination Mexico City International Airport, Mexico City

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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