A private executive jet flying from Las Vegas with three crew members and 10 passengers crashed in northern Mexico
A Canadair Challenger 601-3A corporate jet was reported missing on a flight from Las Vegas, Nevada, the USA to Monterrey, Mexico.
At 14:52 hours local time (21:52 UTC) the aircraft took off from Las Vegas on the return leg to Monterrey. Flight tracking data shows the aircraft en route at a cruising altitude of FL370.
At 18:25 local time (23:25 UTC) the aircraft climbs to FL390, which is maintained for about five minutes. The aircraft then climbs towards FL410.
The last ADS-B data point recorded by FlightAware is at 18:37 hours at 40,925 feet. The wreckage was reportedly found in a remote part of Mexico with no survivors.
14 people are said to have died in a plane crash in Mexico. The CL601 Challenger (N601VH), flying Las Vegas-Monterrey, went down in Coahuila after it lost contact with Aeropuerto del Norte's control tower. Photo: Proteccion Civil Coahuila. @AirlineFlyer @jonostrower @JacdecNew pic.twitter.com/R7UvwEQRux
— Aeronews (@AeronewsRO) May 6, 2019
Mexican media reported that the passengers had been to a boxing match between Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and US fighter Daniel Jacobs in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The victims were between 19 and 57 years old, according to a version of the passenger list published in Mexican media.
Newspaper Diario de Yucatan said on its website that among the victims were 55-year-old businessman Luis Octavio Reyes Dominguez, his wife, and their three children.
The wreckage of the plane was found via aerial surveillance in a remote mountainous zone in the northern municipality of Ocampo, the government of Coahuila state said in a statement.
In a statement, Canada’s Bombardier Inc identified the jet as a Challenger 601 and said the plane had gone missing about 280 kilometres from the northern Mexican city of Monclova.
The plane was registered to Utah-based TVPX, listed as an insurance, customs and trust company. The company declined to comment on who was operating the plane.
Local reports say there was a strong storm in the area at the time of the crash.