Bombardier Challenger crashes in Mexico killing all on board

posted on 8th May 2019 by Justin Burns
Bombardier Challenger crashes in Mexico killing all on board

A Bombardier Challenger 601 thought to be carrying boxing fans crashed in northern Mexico after leaving Las Vegas on Sunday killing all 13 people on board, according to reports.

The wreckage was discovered in a remote mountainous zone in the municipality of Ocampo, the Coahuila state government said. The aircraft had failed to land in Mexico after taking off from Las Vegas and a search was carried out.

The Telegraph reports that Mexican authorities said a flight plan listed three crew members and 10 passengers on board at the time. “There were no survivors seen” at the crash site, officials confirmed. 

The passengers had reportedly been to a boxing match between Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and American fighter Daniel Jacobs on Saturday night.

The Bombardier Challenger 601 left Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon and was scheduled to land in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Sunday evening. 

In a statement, Canadian manufacturer Bombardier said the aircraft involved was a Challenger 601 and the aircraft had gone missing about 150 nautical miles from the northern Mexican city of Monclova.

Mexican broadcaster Televisa reported the twin-engine jet lost contact on Sunday with air traffic controllers sometime after 5:20 pm local time (10.20pm GMT) as the pilot descended to avoid a storm.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said it is deploying an accredited representative to assist with the investigation into an accident involving a Bombardier Challenger aircraft near Ocampo, Mexico.

The TSB added: “Pursuant to international agreements (International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13), the TSB has appointed an accredited representative to the investigation to coordinate the exchange of technical and safety information regarding the Canadian elements.

“The Government of Mexico is the lead investigation authority. Please contact its representatives for further information regarding the accident and investigation.”