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Last updated: 26 March 2019
Date:Sunday 20 April 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL62 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-62M
Operator:Cubana de Aviación
Registration: CU-T1283
C/n / msn: 4053823
First flight: 1991
Engines: 4 Soloviev D-30KU
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 117
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Santo Domingo-Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) (   Dominican Republic)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Santo Domingo-Las Américas José Francisco Peña Gómez Int'l Airport (SDQ/MDSD), Dominican Republic
Destination airport:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba
Cubana Flight 201 took off from Santo Domingo (SDQ) on a regular service to Havana (HAV). At 45 nm from SDQ and at an altitude of 25000 feet the no. 2 engine suffered an uncontained failure. Fuel lines to engine no. 1 were compromised and a fire erupted. Also, debris had penetrated the fuselage, causing a decompression. Both engines were shut down and the captain decided to return to Santo Domingo.
An emergency descent was carried out, followed by a safe emergency landing.


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Distance from Santo Domingo-Las Américas José Francisco Peña Gómez Int'l Airport to Havana-José Martí International Airport as the crow flies is 1410 km (881 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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