Date & Time: May 18, 2018 at 1208 LT
Type of aircraft:
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Havana – Holguín
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
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.
Errors in weight and balance calculations caused the aircraft to adopt a critical angle of attack after rotation.