News Plane Crashes — 30 April 2017

Photo: The plane that crashed was an Antonov An-26 aircraft owned by Cuban airline AeroGaviota, similar to this one

A military airplane crashed into a mountain in Cuba’s north-western region of Artemisa on Saturday morning, killing all eight personnel on board, the Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces said.

The aircraft, a twin-engined turboprop Antonov AN-26, had taken off at 6:38 a.m. from Playa Baracoa, just outside Havana, and crashed into the Loma de la Pimienta mountain some 80 kilometres westwards.

“The eight military personnel on board, including the crew, died,” the ministry said in a statement published by state-run media. “A commission of the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces is investigating the causes of the accident.”

The majority of planes flown in Cuba were produced in the Soviet Union. Antonov produced the AN-26 planes in Kiev between 1969 and 1986.

The last major plane crash in Cuba was an Aero Caribbean flight that went down in flames in central Cuba in 2010, killing all 68 people aboard. That plane was a European-manufactured ATR-72-212.

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HAVANA – A Cuban plane crashed on Saturday in the western mountainous region of the province of Artemisa close to Pinar del Rio.

Cuban authorities reported eight died in the crash at La Loma de La Pimienta near the municipality of San Cristóbal

The Aerogaviota airline’s AN-26 aircraft, which has a capacity for 39 passengers, vanished on Saturday morning.

The plane, owned by the Cuban military, departed at 6:38 a.m. from the Playa Baracoa, a tourist destination about 30 minutes west of Havana.

The government-owned airline has a fleet of 22 planes and operates flights to Jamaica and charter flights to Central America. It has been based out of Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport since 1994.

The Ukrainian Antonov State Co. modified the AN-26 twin-engined aircraft. It’s a retrofitted Soviet military bomber.

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