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Cuban regulator says Air Cubana Boeing 737 crash was due to pilot error

Havana, Cuba - The Cuban Institute of Civil Aeronautics said on May 16 that the Boeing 737 crash that happened a year ago in Havana was due to pilot error.

On May 2018, a Boeing 737 from Air Cubana plunged into the fields of South Havana shortly after taking off from Havana International Airport.

112 people were killed in the fatal crash. One passenger survived with critical injuries. There were initially four survivors, but three died at a local hospital later.

All passengers on board were Cuban, except the crew, who were all Mexicans.

The 39-year old plan was wet-leased from the little-known Mexican leasing company
Damojh.

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"The most probable cause of the accident was the actions of the crew and their errors in the calculations of weight and balance that led to the loss of control of the plane and its fall during the takeoff phase," the Cuban civil aviation authority said in a statement.

The information retrieved from the black boxes showed the aircraft climbed at a very steep angle, leading the aircraft to a stall situation.

The Cuban-led commission investigating the crash, including representatives from the Mexican and US regulators, had said the conclusion was premature at that time.

Mexican Damojh was banned in Guyana in 2017 due to safety concerns. The Mexican aviation authority said that it had suspended the operations of Damojh in 2010 and 2013 after regulatory compliance inspections.