Date: August 29, 1998
Time: 13:03
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Operator: Cubana de Aviacion
Flight #: 389
Route: Quito - Guayaquil - Havana
AC Type: Tupolev TU-154M
Registration: CU-T1264
cn / ln: 720
Aboard: 91   (passengers:77  crew:14)
Fatalities: 70   (passengers:56  crew:14)
Ground: 10
Summary: The aircraft crashed and burned during takeoff from Quito. The crew tried and failed twice to take off. On the third attempt, the plane struggled to gain altitude, rising a few feet, but settled back to earth plowing past the end of the runway and crashing into an auto body shop and coming to rest in a soccer field. The accident was caused by the late decision of the crew to abort the takeoff.

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