A Global Air Boeing 737-200. (Photo: Aramidea [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons)

Updated: Cubana Flight Crashes Shortly After Takeoff from Havana

At 1 p.m. local time, a Boeing 737-200 crashed shortly after taking off from Jose Marti International Airport, the main international airport serving Havana, Cuba. Despite mixed information and unconfirmed accounts of the aircraft involved in the incident, AirlineGeeks can accurately state that the Boeing 737-200 aircraft was operated by the Mexican aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) provider Global Air on behalf of Cubana de Aviacion, Cuba's national carrier. Preliminary reports indicated that only 3 survivors were rescued from the post-takeoff…

Cubana de Aviación Grounds Antonov 158 Fleet

Cubana de Aviacion, Cuba's flag carrier, received an order from the Cuban National Aviation Authority to ground its An-158 fleet due to recurring technical issues that impact flight safety. The airline operates up to six of the Ukranian aircraft, but the repetition of maintenance issues and unavailability of spare parts…