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December 21, 1999

DC-10 overruns runway, kills 26

A DC-10 operated by Cubana airlines overran the runway in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Tuesday.  With 296 passengers and 18 crew, the jet made its landing and skidded off the end of the runway into the poor neighborhood of La Libertad.

The International Herald Tribune of December 23, 1999 reported that: 

"... the cockpit and first-class cabin were severed from the rest of the aircraft." 

A total of twenty-six people died in the crash while forty-four others were injured.  It highly likely that the people who were killed on this plane, were the ones sitting near where the plane separated. 


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