Cubana de Aviación Flight 310

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Cubana de Aviación Flight 310
Cubana in SdC.JPG
A Yak-42D of Cubana de Aviación, similar to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date 25 December 1999
Summary Controlled flight into terrain aggravated by pilot error
Site Bejuma, Venezuela
Passengers 10
Crew 12
Fatalities 22
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Yakovlev Yak-42
Operator Cubana de Aviación
Registration CU-T1285
Flight origin José Martí International Airport, Havana, Cuba
Destination Simón Bolívar International Airport, Caracas, Venezuela

Cubana de Aviación Flight 310 was a scheduled international flight from José Martí International Airport, Havana, Cuba, to Arturo Michelena International Airport, Valencia, Venezuela, which crashed near Bejuma, Venezuela, on 25 December 1999. All 22 people on board were killed.


The aircraft involved was a Yakovlev Yak-42D, registration CU-T1285.[1] The aircraft had been built in 1991 as msn 4520424914068.[2]


The flight had departed José Martí International Airport, Havana, Cuba bound for Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas, Venezuela. Due to mudslides and flooding, the flight was diverted to Arturo Michelena International Airport in Valencia.[3] The aircraft was held for 40 minutes.[1]

The pilots called Air Traffic Control at Valencia Airport to say that they were descending from 8,000 feet (2,400 m) to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) to get ready to approach. As Flight 310 started its approach to Valencia Airport the aircraft struck the San Luis Hill. The aircraft crashed near the town of Bejuma. All 22 passengers and crew died in the crash,[1][4] which happened at 20:18 local time (00:48, 26 December UTC).[5] The location of the crash was 10°11.5′N 68°08.8′W / 10.1917°N 68.1467°W / 10.1917; -68.1467.[6]

Passengers and crew[edit]

The nationalities of the victims of Flight 310 were-[5]

Country Passengers Crew Total
 Cuba 4 12 16
 Venezuela 4 4
 Netherlands 2 2
Total 10 12 22

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Accidents and terrorism". urrib2000. Retrieved 4 February 2010. ,
  3. ^ "Accident synopsis". Air Disaster. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Accident details". Plane Crash. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "No survivors in Venezuela plane crash". BBC News Online. 26 December 1999. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Occurrence report". International Civil Aviation Organization. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 

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Coordinates: 10°11.5′N 68°08.8′W / 10.1917°N 68.1467°W / 10.1917; -68.1467