A Bombardier Challenger 601 private jet has been involved in a fatal crash in a remote area in northern Mexico.
Initial reports outlined 14 people were killed upon impact, however statements are now detailing only 13 people were onboard at the time. As more information is provided, this figure will be confirmed.
Spotted using aerial surveillance, the aircraft, which departed from Las Vegas, is seen charred on the ground in multiple pieces in what appears to be an undercarriage first impact.
Flight data provided by Flightradar24 highlights the aircraft was cruising at around 40,000 feet and was destined for Monterrey when it vanished from radar.
We’re following reports that N601VH, a Bombardier CL601 Challenger operating from Las Vegas to Monterrey, crashed yesterday in northern Mexico. Flightradar24 data from that flight: https://t.co/BUZjuNmW2Y pic.twitter.com/YLq85Q6jKN— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) May 6, 2019
The aircraft involved was a 1989 built Bombardier Challenger CL601 registered N601VH, serial number 5043.
Being a mountainous area, recovery efforts are expected to take longer.
Reuters notes the passengers were likely between the ages of 19 and 57 and were returning from a boxing match between Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and U.S. fighter Daniel Jacobs in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Bombardier states it is aware of the accident and is working with appropriate authorities to recover the aircraft and determine the cause.
This is a developing story. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
From the writers of Sam Chui Aviation and Travel, we express our condolences to those involved and those who are suffering from the loss of family, friends and associates in this tragic accident.