Aerocaribbean’s (Havana) ATR 72-212 CU-T1549 (msn 459) is now confirmed as the aircraft that crashed on Thursday (November 4) in the mountainous Sancti Spiritus region of central Cuba after the pilot reported an emergency. Investigators have located the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder. Rescuers had finished yesterday removing the remains of the crash victims. 68 people were killed in the accident.
Copyright Photo: Axel Klegien. CU-T1549 taxies at Holquin before the crash.
Video from the Associated Press:
Aerocaribbean (Havana) flight 7L 883 was en route from Santiago (Cuba) to Havana when the crew reported an emergency at 5:42 p.m. (1742) local time Thursday (November 4). The ATR 72-200 crashed near the village of Guasimal in Santi Spiritus province. The flight was carrying 61 passengers and a crew of seven. All died in the crash.
Aerocaribbean was established in 1982 as Empresa Aero and commenced operations on December 2, 1982. The airline was established by the Cuban government to supplement Cubana. It is wholly owned by the government.
Copyright Photo: Pierre Langlois. The aircraft has not yet been identified. ATR 72-212 CU-T1544 (msn 472) is pictured at Cayo Coco.