Zone

Crash of an Antonov AN-26 near San Cristóbal: 8 killed

Date & Time: Apr 29, 2017
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CU-T1406
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Playa Baracoa - Playa Baracoa
MSN:
13502
YOM:
1985
Flight number:
FAR1436
Country:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The plane left Playa Baracoa Airport at 0638LT bound to the southwest. Later, it crashed on the slope of Mt Loma de la Pimienta located about six km north of San Cristóbal, province of Artemisa. All eight crew members were killed. Owned by Aerogaviota, the airplane was operated by the Cuban Air Force (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias) under flight code FAR1436.

Crash of a Let L-410UVP-E in San Cristóbal: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jul 13, 2003 at 1415 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
YV-1060CP
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
La Carlota - San Cristóbal
MSN:
90 25 05
YOM:
1990
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
While descending to San Cristóbal Airport, the crew encountered marginal weather conditions and limited visibility due to low clouds. On approach, the twin engine aircraft struck the slope of Mt La Gama located in the Chorro del Indio National Park. Six people were seriously injured while four passengers were killed. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain after the crew initiated the descent prematurely in poor visibility.