MEXICO CITY – A Bombardier Challenger 601 business jet (registration N601VH) – on its way from Las Vegas to Monterrey in Mexico – crashed into a remote mountain region in northern Mexico. According to Mexican media reports all 13 people onboard the jet – 10 passengers and 3 crew members – were killed in the accident, including a family of five that were flying back from watching a boxing game in Las Vegas.
The Mexican authorities confirms that the aircraft disappeared from the radar on Sunday and was missing. The passengers watched a boxing game in Las Vegas between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez from Mexico and Daniel Jacobs from the U.S.A.
The Mexican boxer lamented on Monday the death of 14 people killed in the crash. “I deeply regret the terrible plane crash from Vegas, I appreciate the support of all the people who travel to see my fights, my prayers are with their families,” Alvarez said in a Tweet.
Mexico’s civil aviation authority stated that the private jet departed Las Vegas, Nevada shortly before 3:00 PM Local Time. Air traffic control in the Mexican city of Monterrey lost track of the jet and was unable to make contact with the aircraft, nearly 2 hours after it departed from Las Vegas. According to reports, the pilots tried to avoid a storm in the mountain region.
The authorities searched for the plane on Monday. The wreck was found
in Sierra de Monclova, in the Mexican state of Coahuila.
The chartered large-cabin business jet, was owned by US firm TVPX Aircraft Solutions.
Bombardier expressed its “sincerest sympathies to all those affected by this accident”. The aircraft manufacturer says it has been in touch with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, and “will work with the investigating authorities as required”.
Acording to Bombardier, the Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics is leading the probe.