Date & Time: Nov 4, 2010 at 1751 LT
Type of aircraft:
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Port-au-Prince - Santiago de Cuba - Havana
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En route to Havana, flying at FL200, crew encountered icing conditions and requested to descend to FL160 but this was refused due to traffic ahead. After the speed decreased to 156 knots, aircraft banked left and eventually came out of control. It dove into the ground and crashed in a wooded and mountainous terrain. All 68 occupants were killed.
Flight was proceeding normally until it found itself in extreme meteorological conditions that caused the airplane to ice up severely at an altitude of 20,000ft (6,100m). This, in conjunction with errors by the crew in managing the situation, caused the accident.