A plane crash in a mountainous region of Cuba Thursday night has killed all 68 passengers on board. The AeroCaribbean flight took off from Santiago de Cuba, but never made it to Havana due to stormy weather that approached just as the sun was setting.
Of the 68 passengers, seven were Cuban crew members and 28 were foreigners including seven Mexicans, nine Argentines, three Dutch citizens, two Germans, two Austrians, a Spaniard, a Frenchman, a Venezuelan, a Japanese citizen and an Italian. Cuba’s Civil Aviation Authority released a statement that confirmed there were no survivors in this Cuba plane crash.
The flight took a turn for the worse at 5:42pm Thursday when AeroCaribbean flight 883 stopped communicating with air traffic controllers. The plane crashed near the small village of Guasimal. The AeroCaribbean plane was an ATR-72 twin turboprop and although officials called doctors and other medical workers into the rural crash site, which is 220 miles east of Havana, it was too late. Caridad de las Mercedes Gonzalez, who was stationed at an airport information desk, commented before learning of the passengers’ fate in this Cuba plane crash, “This is very sad. We are very worried.This has taken us by surprise.”
State airline Cubana de Aviacion owns AeroCaribbean, but this particular flight was operated by a charter company called Aerotaxi. An investigation will be conducted to pinpoint the cause of this Cuba plane crash.