A plane crash in Cuba is thought to have killed 8 people. The crash involved an Aerogaviota flight on April 29. The incident happened close to the town of Las Terrazas which is in the city of Pinar del Rio. The incident is so far being reported by Cibercuba and has not been confirmed by official sources. It was a domestic flight that took off from Baracoa Airport.
The number of fatalities was initially thought to have been as high as 39. The Miami Herald, citing a government source, has said that the number of dead is thought to be around 8. Those killed are thought to member of Cuba’s military.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. ‘There Are No Survivors’
The Cibercuba report says that “there are no survivors.” That report is based on a source who is a relative of a crew member. That source said, via Google Translate, “Although it’s nothing official, members of a commission came to my house to let me know what happened.”
2. The Flight Was Not Picked Up by Flight Radar
Online flight radar tracking service Flight Radar 24 has tweeted they are looking into reports that the plane is missing.
3. Aerogaviota Is a Mainly Domestic Airline With One International Route
Aerogaviota was originally started by the Cuban army in the 1990s. The fleet consists of 22 planes including Antonov An-26, ATR 42-500 and Mil Mi-8 aircraft. The only international route flown is to Kingston and Montego Bay in Jamaica. That airline’s hub is at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana.
4. This Incident Would Be the 5th Fatal Aviation Crash in 2017
According to Plane Crash Info, this is the 5th major fatal aviation crash in 2017. The last occurred in Zimbabwe on March 27 when six people were killed while traveling in a Britten-Norman BN2 Islander.
The most recent incident involving an An-26 was a fire which caused a South Supreme Airlines to crash in South Sudan on March 27. Nobody was killed buy 37 people were injured.
5. The Area Where the Aircraft Was Located Is ‘Difficult to Access By Land’