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Last updated: 20 August 2019
Date:Friday 18 May 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-201 Advanced
Operating for:Cubana de Aviación
Leased from:Global Air
Registration: XA-UHZ
C/n / msn: 21816/592
First flight: 1979-07-15 (38 years 11 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A (HK3)
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 106 / Occupants: 107
Total:Fatalities: 112 / Occupants: 113
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 2 km SE of Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba
Destination airport:Holguín-Frank Pais Airport (HOG/MUHG), Cuba
The Boeing 737-200, operating on Cubana de Aviación flight 972 from Havana to Holguín, Cuba, crashed shortly after takeoff. The aircraft came down in vegetation near a railway outside the airport, broke up and burst into flames. There were 107 passengers on board along with six Mexican crew members. Three passengers initially survived the accident. One survivor died on May 21 and a second died on May 25.
The aircraft was owned and operated by Mexican airline Damojh Aerolíneas, operating as Global Air, on behalf of Cubana.
In May 2019 the Instituto de la Aeronáutica Civil de Cuba (IACC) reported that it had completed their investigation. The aircraft was operated with a Centre of Gravity outside the limit, cuains causing a loss of control.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause of the accident "were the actions of the crew and their errors in the weight and balance calculations, which led to the loss of control and collapse of the aircraft during the takeoff stage".

Centre of Gravity outside limits
Loss of control

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METAR Weather report:
14:55 UTC / 10:55 local time:
MUHA 181455Z 17006KT 140V220 9000 SCT013 OVC130 27/24 Q1015

15:55 UTC / 11:55 local time:
MUHA 181555Z 17004KT 140V220 9000 SCT017 OVC210 28/23 Q1015

16:55 UTC / 12:55 local time:
MUHA 181655Z 13005KT 090V190 9000 SCT018 OVC130 29/23 Q1015

Follow-up / safety actions
Mexican aviation authorities suspended the AOC of Global Air as of May 21, as it initiated a safety inspection.


photo of Boeing-737-201-XA-UHZ
accident date: 18-05-2018
type: Boeing 737-201
registration: XA-UHZ
photo of Boeing-737-201-XA-UHZ
accident date: 18-05-2018
type: Boeing 737-201
registration: XA-UHZ
photo of Boeing-737-201-XA-UHZ
accident date: 18-05-2018
type: Boeing 737-201
registration: XA-UHZ

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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
15 July 1979 N769N Boeing first flight
7 August 1979 N769N Piedmont Airlines delivered
27 Nov.1988 N227AU Piedmont Airlines new registration
5 August 1989 N227AU USAir airline merged
27 Feb. 1997 N227AU US Airways airline renamed
27 Sep. 2000 C-FRYH Royal Airlines
1 May 2001 C-FRYH Canada 3000 Airlines airline aquired by Canada 3000
19 Oct. 2001 N227AU US Navy leased
16 March 2005 XA-MAK Magnicharters
Aug. 2007 XA-UHZ Global Air
2007-2018 XA-UHZ NACAM - National Airways Cameroon;
Benin Golf Air;
Aero Caribbean;
Línea Aérea SINAMI;
EasySky Airlines;

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 Havana-José Martí International Airport to Holguín-Frank Pais Airport as the crow flies is 671 km (419 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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