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Datum:zaterdag 1 november 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 755D Viscount
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Cubana de Aviación
Registratie: CU-T603
Constructienummer: 91
Bouwjaar: 1956
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 13 / inzittenden: 16
Totaal:slachtoffers: 17 / inzittenden: 20
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:3 km (1.9 mijl) van Preston Airport (PST) (   Cuba)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Varadero Airport (VRA/MUVR), Cuba
Cubana flight CU495 departed Miami at 22:00, estimating an arrival at Varadero of 22:49. The Viscount didn't arrive at its destination and was later found out to have crashed into Bahia de Nipe.
Newspapers at the time reported that the flight was being commandeered to Preston Airport (PST), over 600 km southeast of Varadero (VRA). Preston was located in an area controlled by rebels. In November 1958, during the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro, Varadero was still in hands of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot was trying to land at Preston Airport when the aircraft ran out of fuel on final approach and loss of control followed."

» The Milwaukee Sentinel - Nov 3, 1958


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Miami International Airport, FL en Varadero Airport bedraagt 326 km (204 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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