CU972 Cubana flight crash - a Boeing 737-200 crashed near Havana
A Boeing 737-200, operating the CU972 flight on the Havana-Holguin route, collapsed near the Havana airport. There were 104 passengers and 9 crew members on board. The aircraft departed from Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV / MUHA).
UPDATE 12: 08 / 19.05.2018 - A national mourning was declared in Cuba. The authorities in Havana, as well as several state leaders, expressed their condolences to the families and relatives of those on board.
Boeing expresses its condolences to the families and friends of those on board the 972 flight, operated by Global Aerolineas Damojh, on behalf of Cuban Aviation. A Boeing technical team is ready to provide assistance in accordance with US law.
UPDATE 10: 35 / 19.05.2018 - Press release issued by Global Air
UPDATE 10: 25 / 19.05.2018 - Official information about the number of people on board the plane also appeared. According to Cuban authorities, there were 104 passengers, including a child of 2 years, and 6 crew members. 3 people survived, and 107 people were pronounced dead.
UPDATE 10: 25 / 19.05.2018 - As we announced last night, the aircraft involved in the accident is Boeing 737-200 XA-UHZ Global Air (Aerolíneas Damojh, SA de CV). According to DGAC information, the aircraft underwent thorough technical verification during the period 21-24 November 2017.
UPDATE 10: 21 / 19.05.2018 - Havana officials announce that 3 survivors are in critical condition, but kept alive. Last night, information emerged that one of them had died, which is not confirmed.
23.55 Update - The latest information points to the Boeing 737-200 XA-UHZ Global Air (Aerolíneas Damojh, SA de CV) aircraft. It was almost 39 years after the first flight was operated. The aircraft was manufactured in 1979, and the first flight was operated on 15.07.1979.
www.gob.mx also announced the composition of the cabin crew:
Flight Commander: Cap. Jorge Luis Núñez Santos with license number 200101720, valid until 25 February 2021.
First Officer: Cap. Miguel Ángel Arreola Ramírez with license number 200105860, valid until 19 June 2020.
Accompanying on board - cabin chief: María Daniela Ríos
Accompanying on board: Abigail Hernández García, Beatriz Limón
UPDATE 23: 38 - "Global Air does not have a working website and a Facebook number contains a telephone number that communicates with a particular address." In other words, those at Global Air are hardly to be found.
UPDATE 23: 05 - According to a statement made by Calixto Garcia, a Havana hospital employee, one of the 3 patients, who was hospitalized in serious condition, died from burns and other traumas. The other 2 patients are in critical condition.
UPDATE 22: 50 - The Cuban Aviation Airline has displayed the phone numbers to which the families of DMJ972 flight passengers can ring (indicative confirming Global Aerolineas Damojh airline). As I told you below, this flight was operated for Cubana de Aviacion under CU972.
According to statements made by Mercedes Vázquez, the director of Air Transport, this was a flight of Damojh Aerolíneas (Global Air Mexico), but made on behalf of Cubana.
Initially, the idea that it was a Blue Panorama Airlines aircraft had been conveyed. The latest information says that it is the Boeing 737-200 (XA-UMQ) aircraft of Global Air.
CU972 Cubana flight accident
The plane had 105 passengers and 9 crew members on board. According to statements made by the Cuban president, there seems to be a large number of victims, but a number of deceased have not yet been estimated. It looks like there are 3 survivors. They were hospitalized in critical condition!
In the vicinity of the airport, there is a huge column of smoke, and an impressive number of intervention forces (firefighters, police and medical personnel) gathered on the spot. At this time, firefighters are fighting the flames, police and rescuers are looking for survivors.
According to Cuban state television, the aircraft crashed between the cities of Boyeros and Santiago de Las Vegas, after taking off from Jose Marti International Airport, headed by Holguin.
Returning to the Boeing 737-200 (XA-UMQ), it was 30 years old. Propulsion was provided by 2 PW JT8D-17 engines. The first flight operated on 31 May 1988. He also flew for Southwest Air Lines, Air Kazakhstan or Transocean Japan.
Other sources in Cuba say it would be a Boeing 737-500 (XA-UZK). I don't think it was an accident / aviation incident with so many contradictory jokes about the plane involved.
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