1952 Bermuda air crash

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1952 Bermuda air crash
Accident summary
Date 6 December 1952
Site Bermuda
Passengers 33
Crew 8
Fatalities 37
Injuries (non-fatal) 4
Survivors 4
Aircraft type Douglas DC-4
Operator Cubana de Aviación
Registration CU-T397
Flight origin Kindley Air Force Base now L.F. Wade International Airport, Bermuda
Destination José Martí International Airport, Cuba

The 1952 Bermuda air crash occurred on 6 December 1952, when a Douglas DC-4, registered CU-T397 and operated by Cubana de Aviación, flying from Madrid to Havana,[1] crashed into the Atlantic Ocean following a refuelling stop at Kindley Air Force Base in Bermuda. There were 33 passengers and 8 crew on board the aircraft. The flight arrived at Kindley Air Force Base at 03:30.[1] After an hour's stopover spent refuelling the aircraft, the DC-4 departed; at 04:45, during the initial climb, the aircraft stalled, lost height and crashed tail first into the sea. The accident killed 37 passengers and crew; three passengers and a crewmember survived the crash,[1] and were rescued shortly after the crash.

Bermuda's Director of Civil Aviation, E. M. Ware, said at the time that the take-off apparently had been normal. It is believed no message came from the plane before it plunged into the sea, probably while still pushing the engines hard to gain altitude. Four survivors were taken to the Kindley base hospital. Two of the survivors were identified as Alice Ebanks, who had lived in Bermuda two years and, was on her way to Cuba, and Orlando Lopez Suarez, believed to have been the steward on the plane.

The cause of the accident was not determined;[citation needed] it remains the worst aviation accident in Bermudian history.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "ASN Aircraft Accident: Douglas DC-4 CU-T397 Bermuda-Kindley Field (BDA)". Air Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.