Reports from the area said the Britons were among 17 people killed when the AN-2 plane, operated by Cuban airline Aerotaxi
, went down at 4.30pm yesterday local time (9.30pm GMT) near the city of Santa Clara, around 160 miles east of the capital Havana.
Built at the western end of the runway--far away enough to ensure discreet operations--this terminal operates flights for AeroCaribbean, AeroGaviota and AeroTaxi
, three airlines controlled by Cuba's Revolutionary Armed Forces and serving local and regional tourism needs.
Nearly a dozen airlines serve the airport, including Cubana de Aviacion, Gaviota, AeroTaxi
and AeroCaribbean, American Eagle (charters), Air Jamaica and various Canadian and European charters.
court against six Cubans who hijacked an Aerotaxi
DC-3 to Florida.
On 19 March 2003, the six men hijacked an Aerotaxi
aircraft from Cuba's Isle of Youth airport in Nueva Gerona, and forced it to fly to Key West.
The men are accused of using knives and the aircraft axe to hijack an Aerotaxi
DC-3 during a domestic flight on 19 March 2003.
An aircraft operated by Cuban state airline Aerotaxi
was hijacked at knifepoint yesterday (19 March).
A Soviet-made single-engine Antonov An-2 aircraft - operated by the small local charter company Aerotaxi
- has crashed in central Cuba, killing 17 people.