Narrative:The Cubana aircraft, on a flight from Miami to Havana, was in, or had just performed, a gentle left bank leveling out on the Havana heading of 197 degrees when it collided with a US Navy Beech SNB-1 Kansan (39939) at an altitude of 4000 feet. The Navy plane was on an instrument training flight out of Key West-NAS. The SNB crashed into the water just west of the Naval Station, but the DC-4 continued for some distance before commencing a left bank which became progressively steeper until the aircraft assumed a nose-down attitude, crashing into the ocean 1,7 miles from the point of the collision.
|Date:||Wednesday 25 April 1951|
|Operator:||Cubana de Aviación|
|C/n / msn:|| 10368|
|First flight:|| 1944|
|Total airframe hrs:||13218|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34|
|Total:||Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 39 |
|Collision casualties:||Fatalities: 4|
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||ca 1 km off Key West, FL (United States of America)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Havana-Rancho Boyeros Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the crews of both aircraft to maintain sufficient vigilance under VFR conditions to prevent a collision."
» CAB File No. F-104-51
» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.2, Circular 24-AN/21 (93-94)
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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Havana-Rancho Boyeros Airport as the crow flies is 376 km (235 miles).