Accident Yakovlev Yak-40S2 CU-T1202, Wednesday 24 October 1990
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Date:Wednesday 24 October 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Yakovlev Yak-40S2
Owner/operator:Cubana de Aviación
Registration: CU-T1202
MSN: 9631449
Year of manufacture:1976
Total airframe hrs:14068 hours
Cycles:14011 flights
Engine model:Ivchenko AI-25
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 31
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:4 km E of Santiago-Antonio Maceo Airport (SCU) -   Cuba
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Camagüey-Ign Agramonte International Airport (CMW/MUCM)
Destination airport:Santiago-Antonio Maceo Airport (SCU/MUCU)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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 (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).


Soviet Transports
ICAO Circular 263-AN/157 (164-183)


  • 37th worst accident in 1990
  • 25th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 17th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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