July 16, 2018 / 9:48 PM / 5 months ago

Mexico's Damojh says steep take-off caused Cuba plane crash

MEXICO CITY, July 16 (Reuters) - Mexican aviation company Damojh said on Monday a very steep take-off angle led one of its planes to crash in Cuba in May, killing 112 people, according to black boxes retrieved from the wreckage.

“The crew led the plane to take off with a very pronounced ascent, creating a lack of lift that caused the aircraft to plunge as a result,” the company said in a statement.

The May 18 accident just outside Havana prompted Mexico’s civil aviation authority to suspend Damojh’s operations while it looked into the firm and investigated the causes of the crash.

The little-known company had leased the Boeing 737 that crashed to Cuba’s flagship carrier Cubana. (Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon)

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