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Last updated: 20 September 2018
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Date:Thursday 6 November 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:Cubana de Aviación
Registration: CU-T8
C/n / msn: 11744
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 25
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 29
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mayarí Arriba (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Manzanillo-Sierra Maestra Airport (MZO/MUMZ), Cuba
Destination airport:Holguín-Frank Pais Airport (HOG/MUHG), Cuba
Narrative:
The DC-3 was hijacked by rebels and flown to a rebel airstrip at Mayarí Arriba. All occupants were released.
Another DC-3 (CU-T266) had also been hijacked to that airstrip on October 22, 1958. Both aircraft were camouflaged with branches of trees.

On November 12, the pilot of a Martin B-26 Marauder (N° 903) was returning from an bombing mission to Mines de Ocujal when he noted the aircraft. Another B-26 (N° 923) was sent to the area for a bombing raid. Both aircraft were destroyed.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» El Litoral, 6-11-1958
» Diario de la marina - November 12, 1958
» Diario de la marina - November 13, 1958
» The Rebel Air Force operations against Batista


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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 Manzanillo-Sierra Maestra Airport to Holguín-Frank Pais Airport as the crow flies is 97 km (61 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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