Date & Time: May 18, 2018 at 1208 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 737-200
Operator:
Registration:
XA-UHZ
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Havana – Holguín
MSN:
21816/592
YOM:
1979
Flight number:
CU972
Country:
Cuba
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
6
Pax on board:
107
Pax fatalities:
106
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
112
Circumstances:
After takeoff from runway 06 at Havana-José Martí Airport, while in initial climb, the airplane initiated a right turn then descended until it struck power cables and a railway track before it disintegrated in a wooded area located less than a km east from the airfield. Three female passengers were seriously injured while 110 other occupants were killed, among them 102 Cubans, 6 Mexicans (crew) and 2 Argentinians. The aircraft was operated by Cubana de Aviacíon under a wet lease contract from the Mexican operator Global Air (Damojh Aéreolíneas). Three days after the accident, one of the three survivors died from her injuries. A second survivor died one week later, on May 25.