Tuesday, 21st of December, 1999

– Guatemala

Cubana de Aviación Flight 1216, an international non scheduled passenger flight from Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba. to Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA/MGGT), Guatemala, operated with a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30, registered F-GTDI, suffered a runway excursion during a landing attempt at Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA), Guatemala.

The airplane was destroyed. Eight crew members, eight passengers and two people on the ground sustained fatal injures. The remaining ten crew members and 288 passengers survived. (18 fatalities/ 298 survivors)

The crash of Flight 1216 is the tenth worst accident involving the DC-10. It is also the seventh deadliest aviation accident on Guatemalan soil.

– Details:

The aircraft overran the wet runway 19 on landing, went down a steep slope and crashed into 10 houses past the runway end.

Weather was reported to include a 360deg wind at 8 knots, 6nm visibility and cloud base at 2200 feet agl.

– Cause:

“The accident is the result of an overshoot on a wet runway, with the crew failing to go around, followed by insufficient deceleration.

The overshoot happened after a visual stabilized approach with the use of PAPI.”