XA-MEC Bristol 175 Britannia 302
In 1957 Aeronaves placed two Bristol
Britannias into service on the New York to Mexico City
route. It says something for the reliability of the aircraft in
that 95% of the schedules were, in
flown with the Britannias. The only substations being when major
overhauls were due.
above photograph is a Bristol Aeroplane Company shot taken at Filton in
the UK before
delivery. In the early 1960s these aircraft were also used
on flights from Mexico City to Tijuana.
Aeronaves did not fly into LAX at that time, and Tijuana was as close
as they could get. Despite
there were fairly good load factors from US customers. On 9
July 1965 XA-MEC was
arriving at Tijuana after a flight from Mexico
City. The flight crew noticed that the main landing
gear was not properly locked. Although attempts were made, the
gear wouldn't lock and an
landing was made. Fortunately the crew and the passengers were not
injured, but the
deemed to be damaged beyond repair.