The causes behind the crash of the Cubana de Aviacion flight in Havana are political

Cuba’s Castro dictatorship never takes responsibility for its actions or inaction. There is always someone or something else to blame for their failures.

Roberto Alvarez Quiñones in Diario de Cuba:

The Causes of the Plane Crash Are Political

When the details of the poor technical condition of the Boeing 737 that crashed in Havana and caused 112 deaths came to light, Cuba’s Minister of Transportation Adel Yzquierdo, instead of presenting his resignation, blamed the US “blockade” for the tragedy.

Those were his precise instructions, handed down “from the top.” But when telling lies, or eating fish, you have to be very careful. Shortly thereafter the British magazine The Economist clarified that the US embargo actually allows Cuba to buy aircraft and parts in the US for their maintenance. Thus, if the Cuban state does not do so, it is due to a lack of funds.

The newspaper Granma, meanwhile, reported that the investigation carried out by the regime on the air disaster is not to seek guilty parties, but rather to detect the causes and prevent them from repeating. For those who know how to read between the lines of Castro’s normally truculent rhetoric, that official note constituted an admission of guilt.

If the dictatorship is not seeking to assign guilt, it is because it knows that it itself was to blame, though it will never admit that. The Cuban dynasty has never accepted any responsibility for its actions. It blames others. It is ingrained in the very DNA of Castroism.

Beyond the deplorable technical conditions that precipitated the plane crash, the causes were political, combined with criminal as well as political negligence.

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If the plane falls, the “blockade” is to blame

Why did the Cuban government contract the services of Damojh-Global Air, an entity that is not even a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which requires rigorous periodic inspections to ensure flight safety and technical quality? Because it was cheaper, and Castro’s economy is impoverished by the unproductiveness resulting from the country’s Communist model. Is that not a political element?

Between 2008 and 2009 Engineer Ernesto Rodríguez Martín, an inspector of Operational Safety for Cubana de Aviación, conducted nine audits of flights leased to said airline, which revealed a fire in the cockpit, worn rubber, a tire that exploded on landing, missing life jackets, hydraulic leaks in the brakes, inactive meteorological radar, and the poor preparation of crews, among other problems. The expert recommended “not contracting under any circumstances” the services of Damojh-Global Air.

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