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Pilot’s Family Killed, Wife Had Survived Earlier Crash With Mexico-Plane

April 1, 1986

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ The wife of the pilot of the Mexicana Airlines flight, who was killed along with her husband and two children when the Boeing 727 carrying 166 people crashed into a mountain, had survived a Mexicana crash in 1968.

Graciela Flores, then a flight attendant, ran to the airport after the 1968 crash to report that Flight 801 from Chicago had gone down short of the Mexico City airport runway, other flight attendants recalled Monday. The plane had crashed in the marshy Texcoco lakebed.

Although physically uninjured in the September 1968 crash that killed 27 people, she had psychological problems afterward and left her job.

Later, she married Carlos Alberto Guadarrama Sistos, a pilot.

On Monday, she flew with him and their two children, Juan and Graciela, on Flight 940 to Los Angeles. They planned to visit Disneyland, the pilot had told friends.

About 15 minutes after takeoff from Mexico City, Guadarrama, 36, with 15,000 hours of flight time, declared an emergency and asked to return to Mexico. Minutes later, the plane crashed into a mountainside and all 166 people aboard were killed.

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