Tragic plane crash last year likely caused by human errors: Cuban gov't

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-17 10:41:38|Editor: Li Xia
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HAVANA, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Almost one year after a tragic plane crash that killed 112 people in the Cuban capital, the island's government on Thursday announced the "probable causes" of the accident were the crew's actions and several human mistakes.

According to an official statement from the Civil Aviation Institute of Cuba (IACC), the Mexican air crew didn't calculate correctly the weight on the plane and its balance, which led to losing control of the aircraft and its fall shortly after takeoff.

"The results obtained from the flight data and the investigation of its recorders or black boxes led to this conclusion," said the statement.

A Boeing 737-200, of the Mexican company Damojh and leased by local airline Cubana de Aviacion, crashed on May 18 last year after taking off from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana with 113 people on board.

In the incident, 112 people died, including 101 Cubans, five foreigners and six Mexican crew members. The plane was traveling to Holguin, a city about 745 km east of Havana.

Mailen Diaz, 19, was the only survivor of the tragic accident and is still recovering from injuries at a Havana hospital.

The Mexican firm is still under investigation by aviation authorities in that country and has been prohibited from flying or leasing aircraft to other airlines.

In April, Cuban civil aviation authorities reported they had finished analyzing the data recorders and were close to finalizing the investigations into the crash.