Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cuba blames deadly plane crash on weather, human error

Cuba blames deadly plane crash on weather, human error
Published December 16, 2010

Havana – The Nov. 4 plane crash in the central province of Sancti
Spiritus that killed 68 people was due to an excessive buildup of ice on
the aircraft and mistakes by the crew, Cuba's Civil Aeronautics
Institute said Thursday.

AeroCaribbean Flight 883, en route to Havana from the eastern city of
Santiago de Cuba, went down afternoon shortly after the crew reported an
emergency and contact was lost.

No one survived.

The twin-engine ATR-72-212 was operating normally until extreme weather
conditions caused a "severe" accumulation of ice as the plane was flying
at 20,000 feet, according to the report from the aeronautics institute.

The accident was caused by the icing in combination "with crew errors"
in handling the situation, the report said, citing data from the plane's
black boxes.

The plane was fully airworthy and every member of the crew had a valid
operating license, the institute said.

Killed in the crash were 40 Cubans - seven crew members and 33
passengers - and 28 foreign nationals from 10 different countries.

The travelers from other countries included 10 Argentines, seven
Mexicans, three Dutch citizens, two Germans, two Austrians, a Spaniard,
a French citizen, a Japanese and a Venezuelan.

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