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Last updated: 21 October 2021
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Date:Friday 6 September 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
Operator:Expreso Aéreo Interamericano
Registration: CU-T16
MSN: 18-2592
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Esperanza (   Cuba)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Santa Clara Airport (SNU/MUSC), Cuba
Destination airport:Havana-Rancho Boyeros Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba
Narrative:
The aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Santa Clara Airport, Cuba, killing all seven on board.

Sources:
» The Lockheed Twins / Peter J Marson
» Noticias de Hoy - September 7, 1946


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Distance from Santa Clara Airport to Havana-Rancho Boyeros Airport as the crow flies is 257 km (161 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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