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Last updated: 18 September 2020
Fecha:miércoles 6 octubre 1976
Tipo:Douglas DC-8-43
Operador:Cubana de Aviación
Registración: CU-T1201
Numéro de série: 45611/127
Año de Construcción: 1961
Motores: 4 Rolls-Royce Conway 508-12
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 25 / Ocupantes: 25
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 48 / Ocupantes: 48
Total:Fatalidades: 73 / Ocupantes: 73
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:8 km (5 milles) W de la costa de Bridgetown International Airport (BGI) (   Barbados)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Bridgetown-Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI/TBPB), Barbados
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Kingston-Norman Manley International Airport (KIN/MKJP), Jamaica
Número de Vuelo:CU455
At 17:15 Flight 455 took off from Bridgetown runway 09, heading for Kingston. Nine minutes later, the crew tried to turn back to Barbados due to an explosion. The DC-8 lost height rapidly and crashed in a nose down, right wing low attitude into the sea, 5 miles offshore.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The detonation of an explosive device at the rear of the cabin which initiated an uncontrollable fire producing toxic gases resulting in eventual incapacitation of the pilots."

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photo of DC-8-43-CU-T1201
accident date: 06-10-1976
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-43
registration: CU-T1201

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bridgetown-Grantley Adams International Airport to Kingston-Norman Manley International Airport as the crow flies is 1919 km (1199 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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