Mexico City, Mexico Plane Crash Kills 14, Mar 1936

14 Die in Worst Mexican Air Crash; Three Titled Germans Among Dead

Plane Carrying Ten Tourists From Europe and Four in Crew
Falls Between Two Volcanoes, Killing All — Prince and
Princess Adolf of Schaumburg-Lippe Lose Lives

MEXICO, D. F., March 26 — In
the worst accident in the history of
Mexican aviation fourteen persons,
including ten European passengers,
were killed this morning when the
plane in which they were traveling
from this capital to the capital of
Guatemala crashed forty miles
from here.
Two pilots, a radio operator' and
Adrian Borchers, an American, a
technical adviser to the Compania
Mexicana de Aviacion, owners of
the plane, also lost their lives in
the accident. The plane fell in the
pass between the volcanoes Popocatepetl
and Ixtaccihuatl. The passengers,
six women and four men,
who lost their lives were, according
to the Hamburg-American Line:
Adolf Prince of Schaumburg-
Lippe and h i s wife, Elisabeth Princess
of Schaumburg-Lippe; Siegmund
Baron von Stieber, Mrs. Dora
Thein, Miss Victoria Thein, Miss
Marie Margarethe Harder, Miss
Elizabeth Schroer and Miss Liesbeth
Pust, all Germans; Elmer v on
Rohenczy, a Hungarian, and Adolf
Igler, an Austrian.
The members of the crew besides
Borchers who were killed were J.
Preciado Acosta, pilot who was at
the controls; Rodolfo Limon, radio
operator, and Daniel Madrigal,
The bodies of all the dead are being
brought to this city.
The plane, a tri-motored Ford,
had been chartered by the Hamburg-
American Line, which brought
the Europeans here on a tour. The
crash is believed to have been
caused by engine trouble.
"The plane," said a witness of
the accident, "passed over the
town of Amecameca flying low, and
when i t was between the volcanoes
it apparently developed engine
trouble, for it circled as if the pilot
intended to return to the landing field.
"Suddenly the ship became enveloped
in smoke and it crashed
with great speed to the earth and
burned completely. The occupants
of the plane were burned beyond
immediate recognition."
The president and general manager
of the Compania Mexicana de
Aviacion, a subsidiary, of Pan-
American Airways, immediately
boarded an aircraft himself to be present
at the scene of the tragedy.

March 27, 1936 edition of The New York Times