Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cuban officials blame crash on bad weather, ice and pilot error

Cuban aviation authorities say bad weather, ice and "crew error" caused the Nov. 4 crash of an Aerocaribbean plane in central Cuba.
Authorities' statement, which does not give enough detail to understand what happened, is below:
As reported last November 4, 2010, there was the unfortunate accident at the ATR 72-212 aircraft, the airline Aerocaribbean SA CRN883 that met the flight on the route Santiago de Cuba-La Habana.

The State Commission of Inquiry established to specify the details of the possible causes of the accident has been proved that the aircraft was in good technical condition and all systems functioned properly and the crew had their licenses to date, being apt to take flight .

After the State Commission has made the analysis of data collected in the data recorder (black box) and evaluated them, as set out in the Convention of Civil Aviation for air accident investigation, in conjunction with the Bureau Survey and Analysis for the Safety of Civil Aviation of France (BEA) and representatives of the aircraft manufacturer ATR, reports that this flight was developing normally until they had extreme weather conditions on the route, following which the aircraft entered a severe icing condition (high concentration of ice) up to 20 000 feet (6 thousand 36 meters), which together with crew error in handling the situation, caused the accident itself.
Link: Continental Express once owned the ATR 72-212 aircraft that crashed in Cuba.

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