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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 24 October 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40S2
Operator:Cubana de Aviación
Registration: CU-T1202
MSN: 9631449
First flight: 1976
Total airframe hrs:14068
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 31
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) E of Santiago-Antonio Maceo Airport (SCU) (   Cuba)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Camagüey-Ign Agramonte International Airport (CMW/MUCM), Cuba
Destination airport:Santiago-Antonio Maceo Airport (SCU/MUCU), Cuba
The Yakovlev 40 passenger plane, operating Cubana flight 2886, was destroyed when it impacted mountainous terrain 4 km short of the runway at Santiago-Antonio Maceo Airport (SCU).
The flight departed Camagüey at 01:04 hours local time. An NDB approach was flown to runway 09 but the approach was abandoned at 01:51 hours. A second attempt was made at 01:55, resulting in another aborted approach. The crew then attempted to manoeuvre visually for an approach to runway 27. The aircraft struck the ground, 4 km short of the threshold of runway 27.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE (translated from Spanish): Technical error of piloting by the pilot in command of the aircraft to stop the NDB procedure and to continue flying according to visual flight rules (VFR) in existing weather circumstances with poor visual reference and the mountainous topography of the terrain, which made it advisable to operate according to instrument flight rules (IFR).

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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» ICAO Circular 263-AN/157 (164-183)


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Distance from Camagüey-Ign Agramonte International Airport to Santiago-Antonio Maceo Airport as the crow flies is 263 km (164 miles).

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