Mah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31119 posts, RR: 74 Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1596 times:
Miami NBC affiliate is reporting a commercial plane is down in Cuba, heading from Cienfuegos to a small Cuban resort town. 17 confirmed dead. No word on aircraft or airline, but they said it was "a Cuban state airline" (so I'm assuming Cubana?).
B757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 25 Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1512 times:
17 Killed in Cuba Plane Crash
Thu Mar 14,11:20 PM ET
HAVANA - A plane crashed in central Cuba Thursday afternoon, killing 17 people including 13 foreigners, authorities said.
The plane, described as an AN-2 Aerotaxi, went down around 4:30 p.m. near Santa Clara, the capital of Villa Clara province about 165 miles east of Havana.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
The victims were listed as six Canadians, five Briton, four Cubans and two Germans, an official from the International Press Center said Thursday night.
A doctor answering he telephone in the emergency room of Santa Clara's Arnaldo Milan Castro Hospital, said he was among those who went out to crash site and confirmed that 17 had died. He said there were no survivors, he said.
The doctor, who did not give his name, said police and rescue teams were still working to retrieve the bodies late Thursday evening. It had not been decided where the bodies would be taken, he said.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 5972 posts, RR: 12 Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1466 times:
May they rest in peace, I can't blame the airline for operating such an old aircrfat because they do what they can with the resources they have. Lots of these Russian planes in Cuba are improperly maintained and as a result accidents happen.
Aviatsiya.ru From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1258 times:
People sometimes get the wrong idea about airlines in Cuba. After chatting with an engineer who works at Jose Marti, a lot of stereotypes were broken down. The Cuban Government is encouraging tourism, and as a result most Cuban aircraft are maintained to the highest standards (much like North Korea's Air Koryo aircraft are).
Aerotaxi is responsible for shuttling foreign tourists between the various international resorts in Cuba, and as such, are hardly going to let their maintenance be non-existent.
Aviatsiya.ru From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 1233 times:
Air Koryo is one of the world's safest airlines. Because the airline is the showcase of the DPRK, the government in FNJ spends a shitload of money keep the fleet of Tu-154, Tu-134, Il-62 and even Il-18 and An-24s very well maintained. The last thing the DPRK gov't wants is bad publicity in that foreigners are killed on their aircraft because of bad maintenance.