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Aerocaribbean ATR crash in Cuba

Old 5th Nov 2010, 03:27
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Aerocaribbean ATR crash in Cuba

As reported on BBC
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BBC News - Passenger plane crashes in Cuba
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State media: "ATR 72 twin-turboprop aircraft was carrying 61 passengers and seven crew members when it went down near Guasimal. No survivors were found" Flight No.7L883

&L operating Flight schedule for the route : MO, TH, FR, SU 18.30h - 20.30h
though have come across the following:"it went down near the town of Guasimal in Sancti Spiritus Province at approximately 5.42 p.m. local time."

There seems to be a discrepancy in the scheduled flight timings /and the crash time. Truth will out in due course I am sure.
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Unconfirmed as follows,

Twitter reports; Flight 883 from Aerocaribbean down in central Cuba. ATR-72-202. 61 pax, 7 crew. 40 Cubans, 28 foreign. Reports of no survivors.

Weird, my post clearly states 'Twitter reports, but comes across as pprune reports'.
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according to wikipedia (the most trusted source of all) it was the 737-200 that crashed
On 5th November 2010 the Boeing 737 crashed, killing all crew and 60 passengers 28 of which were holiday makers.
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Plane with at least 68 aboard crashes in Cuba | Reuters

Guasimal is substantially further west than the edges of that wind map - but that doesn't rule out weather. It can change fast. Story mentions emergency call from crew. Also IDs aircraft as ATR.
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Cuba Crash

Aircraft down in Cuba,scant information so far,anyone know more?
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ATR-72 crash central Cuba

According to Luchtvaartnieuws.nl it was an ATR-72 of Areo Carribbean.
En route from Santiago in eastern Cuba, to Havanna.
They report it happened in cruise.

68 souls.
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No survivors.

68 killed in Cuban plane crash - CNN.com
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looking at the colors and reg, may be AEROCARIBBEAN ATR CU-T1545
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Difficult to identify by the reg, as the airline has several ATR72s with pretty much the same registration:

453 72-212 08/03/2006 CU-T1548
459 72-212 23/10/2006 CU-T1549
472 72-212 04/05/2004 CU-T1544
473 72-212 29/03/2004 CU-T1545
485 72-212 21/05/2005 CU-T1547
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Weather?

Associated Press drops a heavy hint that the a/c might have been caught by Tropical Storm Tomas. Possibly something to it: the METARs at the nearest reporting station (MUSC, admittedly about 50 nm to the NW) show some convective activity around the time of the accident, though nothing very unusual. But the flight was heading in the opposite direction to the storm. Again, more information required on this one.


MUSC 042353Z 25004KT 9000 BKN020CB 23/22 Q1007
MUSC 042252Z 28006KT 8000 BKN020CB 24/22 Q1006
MUSC 042152Z 23006KT 8000 BKN020CB 26/22 Q1005
MUSC 042055Z 26004KT 9000 FEW020 BKN100 26/23 Q1005
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It has been posted elsewhere that the aircraft in question was CU-T1549.
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Presumably the "elsewhere" is Wikipedia. That info should not be taken as confirmation as it is unsourced.

Aero Caribbean Flight 883 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Witnesses said the plane made "several brusque movements before falling to the ground

Sounds remarkably similar to witness statements describing the recent ATR accident in Venezuela?
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aero caribbean crash

additional info about this sad accident is also available at this
cuban government website: cubadebate.cu (in spanish only)
including: info about the crash, photos,crew and pax names lists.
note: please do not post c/m and pax lists. thank you.

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From Aviation Safety Network:

ASN Aircraft accident ATR-72-212 CU-T1549 Guasimal, Sancti Spiritus Province

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Through the grapevine:

Uncontained engine fire?

RIP pax & crew
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Originally Posted by MineDog
Uncontained engine fire?
Are Cubana able to obtain Pratt & Whitney engine parts for the ATR through official channels, notwithstanding the US embargo on exports to Cuba ? Does assembly of these engines in Montreal manage to get around these restrictions.
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