In 1997, a flight from Cubana de Aviación crashed three minutes after launch off the island's southeast coast, killing about 40 people.
A year later, around 80 people were killed when a Cubana de Aviación airplane crashed into a field after taking off from the airport in Quito, Ecuador. In December 1999, dozens of people died, including many Guatemalan medical students, when a Cubana de Aviación flight in Guatemala City slid off the runway. Just a week later, another of his flights crashed on a mountain in Venezuela, killing all 22 people on board.
There was confusion over which airline had hired the plane that had crashed to Cubana de Aviación on Friday. First state media reports said that it belonged to the Italian company Blue Panorama. But this company said her plane was not involved. An employee of Damojh Airline, also known as Global Air, confirmed by telephone that the aircraft belonged to the company.
One day before the collapse, Cuban leaders reported on a meeting in which the United States New Vice-President Salvador Valdés Mesa met with key representatives of the island's aviation sector to discuss challenges.
Report said that Roberto Peña Samper, president of the Cuban Aviation Corporation, complained that the "embargo on successive US governments prevented the island from having the resources necessary to operate a larger fleet of aircraft and improve airport services . " 19659002] Cubana de Aviación has suspended its domestic flights in March, several news agencies reported. US government-funded news site Radio Marti showed a photo of a sign on the door of the airline, showing that all flights had been canceled.
A security official told Radio Marti that "there are literally no planes", adding that those who are left are "in very poor shape."