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Accident description
Last updated: 25 May 2016
Date:Saturday 19 January 1985
Type:Ilyushin 18D
Operator:Cubana de Aviación
Registration: CU-T899
C/n / msn: 188011102
First flight: 1968
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 38 / Occupants: 38
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near San José de los Lajas (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba
Destination airport:Managua-Augusto C Sandino Airport (MGA/MNMG), Nicaragua
The Ilyushin turned right twice with 30° bank, then turned left with a vertical bank, lost control and crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Possibly failure of the artificial horizon and obstruction of aileron control due to shifted cargo."

Loss of control

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Distance from Havana-José Martí International Airport to Managua-Augusto C Sandino Airport as the crow flies is 1262 km (789 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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