Western Airlines Flight 2605 CVR Recording October 31, 1979


Just a warning, this recording does contain reactions of the pilots of WA2605 as they realized they were about to die, and viewer discretion is advised.

Western Airlines Flight 2605 was an international scheduled passenger flight from Los Angeles to Mexico City. On October 31, 1979, the aircraft used for the flight, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10, crashed at Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport in early morning fog after landing on a runway closed for maintenance. 72 of the 88 people on board, plus 1 person on the ground, were killed. The event was the third-deadliest aviation accident to occur on Mexican soil, after Mexicana Flight 704 and Flight 940, and the seventh-deadliest one involving a DC-10. The crash of Flight 2605 was one of three fatal McDonnell Douglas DC-10 accidents in 1979, occurring just over five months after the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 at O’Hare International Airport and less than a month before the crash of Air New Zealand Flight 901 on Mount Erebus.

Date: September 15, 2017