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November 11, 1987

Federal investigators said a Mexican charter pilot was flying about 1,200 feet below the proper altitude shortly before his plane slammed into a remote San Diego hillside on Sept. 30, killing all six persons aboard. The crash occurred near the U.S.-Mexico border in heavy fog as the twin-engine Cessna 340 was on an instrument approach to Tijuana International Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board said the plane also was 118 feet below the elevation of the airport runway when it went down in rough terrain 150 yards north of the border and about a mile from the airport. The Mexican pilot, two American technicians and three Japanese businessmen were killed.

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