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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
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Date:Sunday 7 February 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53D-DO (DC-3)
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria
Registration: 209
C/n / msn: 11643
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:Gulf of Mexico (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Narrative:
A Cuban DC-3 disappeared over the Gulf of Mexico during a ferry flight from Havana to Miami. The airplane, reportedly used for flights by Fidel Castro, the Prime Minister of Cuba, was being flown to Miami for propeller adjustment works.
A distress message was received at 14:10 but the plane was not located after a search.
The airplane was named "Sierra Maestra", according to newspaper reports, which was the name of a C-53, serial 209, according to a DC-3 production list.

Sources:
» El Siglo de Torreon 9 February 1960, p3
» Spokane Daily Chronicle - Feb 8, 1960
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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Distance from Havana-José Martí International Airport to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 376 km (235 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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