Air Ambulance Learjet Crashes In Mexico: No Survivors


According to preliminary reports, a Learjet 35A operated by Jet Rescue Air Ambulance crashed on landing at General Mariano Matamoros Airport in Cuernavaca (CVJ/MMCB) in southern Mexico, about 30 miles south of Mexico City. While some news outlets have reported four on board, the AirMed&Rescue website reports there were five crew members and no passengers, presumably two pilots and three medical personnel. There were no survivors.

The Learjet had departed from Toluca International Airport, a 40-mile flight. It reportedly landed long on 9,500-foot Runway 20, overran the runway and continued down a steep embankment where it burst into flames.

The accident occurred at roughly 2:30 p.m. local time yesterday (Nov. 1). Weather at the time was reported as light variable winds with scattered clouds at 2,000 feet AGL and a broken cloud layer at 25,000 feet. The airport is located in an area with high terrain nearby.

Mark Phelps
Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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  1. With no patient on board, it was possibly an inexperienced pilot getting some stick time on the short flight. Long hot landing, boards up and reversers out, then captain trying to take it around after landing commitment. I hope we get more info. May all Rest in Peace.

  2. There is no sense in speculating. That could go on forever. Let’s wait for the post acccident experts to examine this and determine what the cause was for this. God bless those that perished and to their loved ones that are certainly in pain and sorrow.

    • You are correct, without some verification that the news story itself contains accurate information, it’s speculation at best. What is known, is the crash occurred and 5 lives were lost. History tells us even when a full investigation is completed, there will be those who have an alternate theory. It is a human trait to attempt to analyze and guess what an outcome may be. We all do it mentally, a few do it verbally.

  3. I cannot believe what happened to this plane. Looking at and checking the weather conditions there was a 50-knot tail wind while this plane was trying to land. The plane landed on runway 20 which means the plane was landing on a runway with a heading of 210 degrees. It just so happens that there was a 49 to 50-Knot wind from the north. Why did the control tower not have the plane use the opposite end of the runway 02 so the plane would have been flying into a headwind. This goes along with my research titled, Science About How Tornadoes And Vortexes Form And How They Are Causing Planes To Crash (Including MH370) available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
    Ronald B. Hardwig, Professional Engineer

    • Ronald B. Hardwig, the article says, “Weather at the time was reported as light variable winds…” What is the source for your conflict claim, that there was “a 49 to 50-Knot wind from the north”? How do you account for the discrepancy?

      And, could you please not plug your book with every comment? It gives the impression that you are not interested in the news below which your comment appears, you just want to divert attention to what you are selling.