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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Fecha:domingo 3 septiembre 1989
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic IL62 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-62M
Operador:Cubana de Aviación
Registración: CU-T1281
Numéro de série: 3850453
Ańo de Construcción: 1988
Horas Totales de la Célula:1326
Motores: 4 Soloviev D-30KU
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 11 / Ocupantes: 11
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 115 / Ocupantes: 115
Total:Fatalidades: 126 / Ocupantes: 126
Víctimas en Tierra:Fatalidades: 24
Dańos en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:0,7 km (0.4 milles) NE of Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Fase: Ascenso Inicial (ICL)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional No Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Köln/Bonn Airport (CGN/EDDK), Alemania
Número de Vuelo:CU9046
Cubana flight 9046 was destroyed in a takeoff accident at Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV), Cuba. The aircraft, an Ilyuhsin 62M, operated on a charter flight from Havana to Milan, Italy, with a planned technical stop at Köln/Bonn, Germany.
The aircraft was cleared for a departure from runway 05. Weather was poor with a rain storm over the field with a 7/8 cloud cover at 540-600 meters altitude and cumulonimbus clouds in the area. The final wind check before takeoff was reported to be 90 degrees at 20-26 knots. Takeoff was commenced at 18:56 hours. The gear was raised after takeoff and the flaps were selected up to 15° from 30° while the aircraft climbed through an altitude of 40 meters (130 ft), reaching a highest altitude of 56 meters (184 ft). The aircraft was caught in downdrafts and descended until impacting ILS aerials 67 seconds after commencing takeoff and 220 meters past the runway end. The aircraft broke up and burst into flames as it proceeded up a hill before crashing into a residential area. All 126 on board died in the accident, along with 24 persons on the ground. One passenger, a 22 year old male initially survived the crash but died on September 11, eight days after the accident.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause (translated from Spanish):
1) The existence of an adverse atmospheric phenomenon of windshear at low altitude, of which existence the captain did not know.
2) An unwise decision of the pilot in command to not postpone the takeoff given the existing weather conditions near the airfield.

» INAC Final Report


photo of Ilyushin-Il-62M-CU-T1281
accident date: 03-09-1989
type: Ilyushin Il-62M
registration: CU-T1281

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 Havana-José Martí International Airport to Köln/Bonn Airport as the crow flies is 7968 km (4980 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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