According to testimonies of pilots with years of experience, who requested anonymity, the crash of the light aircraft of the iFly academy was due to human error and not to a mechanical failure, unless determined by the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC), which is conducting the investigation to detect the cause of the accident.
“In the images of the video released by the Ministry of Public Safety (SSP) it can be seen that the aircraft performed a wrong maneuver when flying at low altitude and speed, combined with the high tension poles in the area, caused the spectacular accident, in which the occupants were practically born again,” said the interviewees.
The pilots mentioned that, fortunately, this incident only left material damages and injured crew members, with contusions in the head and in several parts of the body, because if the aircraft had caught fire then a tragedy would have occurred. However, we will have to wait for the AFAC’s report to know with certainty the cause of the accident, even though everything indicates that it was a bad maneuver when flying at low speed and altitude in an area with high altitude poles and high voltage system.
They mentioned that 90 percent of the incidents are due to human error and not due to mechanical failure or weather conditions, because, as far as is known, there were three airplanes in the area. One of them was performing approach maneuvers towards runway 10-28, that is, the runway that runs parallel to the international avenue, while the iFly light aircraft was planning to land on runway 18-36. The latter even requested a left turn to make a space and allow the other aircraft to descend, without taking into account that they were at low altitude and speed, but this caused the nose to sink due to the lack of power for this type of maneuver.
It was also found out that both the instructor Juan C. and the student David R. are students of the iFly academy, who were training to become pilots of the company Volaris. Both are hospitalized in serious condition due to blows to the head.
Both the offices of the AFAC and the iFly company remained totally secretive on the subject yesterday, perhaps because the same light aircraft had already suffered another crash landing on the Mérida-Motul highway, near the town of Baca, driven by the late Captain Gabriel López.