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Accident description
Last updated: 6 October 2015
Date:Saturday 6 December 1952
Time:ca 04:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Operator:Cubana de Aviación
Registration: CU-T397
C/n / msn: 10319
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 41
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4,5 km (2.8 mls) NE off Bermuda-Kindley Field (BDA) (   Bermuda)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bermuda-Kindley Field (BDA/TXKF), Bermuda
Destination airport:Havana-Rancho Boyeros Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba
The DC-4 crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff. The airplane operated on a flight from Madrid, Spain to Havana (HAV), Cuba. It had arrived at Bermuda from Santa Maria, Azores at 03:30 for a refueling stop.

» The News and Courier - Dec 7, 1952


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Distance from Bermuda-Kindley Field to Havana-Rancho Boyeros Airport as the crow flies is 2016 km (1260 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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