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Last updated: 14 November 2018
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Sonntag 3 September 1989
Zeit:18:57
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic IL62 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyuschin Il-62M
Fluggesellschaft:Cubana de Aviación
Kennzeichen: CU-T1281
Werknummer: 3850453
Baujahr: 1988
Betriebsstunden:1326
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:254
Triebwerk: 4 Soloviev D-30KU
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 11 / Insassen: 11
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 115 / Insassen: 115
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 126 / Insassen: 126
Opfer am Boden:Todesopfer: 24
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:0,7 km (0.4 Meilen) NE of Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Kuba)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Internationaler außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV/MUHA), Kuba
Flug nach:Köln/Bonn Airport (CGN/EDDK), Deutschland
Flugnummer:CU9046
Unfallbericht:
Cubana flight 9046 was destroyed in a takeoff accident at Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV), Cuba. The aircraft, an Ilyuhsin 62M, operated on a charter flight from Havana to Milan, Italy, with a planned technical stop at Köln/Bonn, Germany.
The aircraft was cleared for a departure from runway 05. Weather was poor with a rain storm over the field with a 7/8 cloud cover at 540-600 meters altitude and cumulonimbus clouds in the area. The final wind check before takeoff was reported to be 90 degrees at 20-26 knots. Takeoff was commenced at 18:56 hours. The gear was raised after takeoff and the flaps were selected up to 15° from 30° while the aircraft climbed through an altitude of 40 meters (130 ft), reaching a highest altitude of 56 meters (184 ft). The aircraft was caught in downdrafts and descended until impacting ILS aerials 67 seconds after commencing takeoff and 220 meters past the runway end. The aircraft broke up and burst into flames as it proceeded up a hill before crashing into a residential area. All 126 on board died in the accident, along with 24 persons on the ground. One passenger, a 22 year old male initially survived the crash but died on September 11, eight days after the accident.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause (translated from Spanish):
1) The existence of an adverse atmospheric phenomenon of windshear at low altitude, of which existence the captain did not know.
2) An unwise decision of the pilot in command to not postpone the takeoff given the existing weather conditions near the airfield.

Informationsquelle:
» INAC Final Report


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