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Accident description
Last updated: 27 June 2016
Date:Sunday 3 September 1989
Time:ca 19:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL62 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin 62M
Operator:Cubana de Aviación
Registration: CU-T1281
C/n / msn: 3850453
First flight: 1988
Engines: 4 Soloviev D-30KU
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 115 / Occupants: 115
Total:Fatalities: 126 / Occupants: 126
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 45
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba
Destination airport:Köln/Bonn Airport (CGN/EDDK), Germany
The Ilyushin took off in heavy rainfall and 30-40 km/h winds. Immediately after becoming airborne the aircraft was caught in downdrafts and descended again after reaching a height of 150 feet. The plane struck navigational aerials and a hill before crashing into a residential area. One passenger, a 22 year old male initially survived the crash but died on September 11, eight days after the accident.

The Il-62 operated on a flight to Köln/Bonn, Germany and Milan Italy.

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Distance from Havana-José Martí International Airport to Köln/Bonn Airport as the crow flies is 7968 km (4980 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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