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Established 2005
Vickers Viscount Network
A Virtual Museum dedicated to the Vickers-Armstrongs VC2 Viscount

Artwork by José A Placeres

Created as a dedication to all those who designed, built, flew and perished in this aircraft.

José A Placeres 'CU-T603 tribute' painting

'CU-T603 tribute' - José A Placeres

'CU-T603 tribute'

In memory of V.755D series Viscount CU-T603


On the 1 November 1958 Compañía Cubana de Aviación S.A. V.755D series Viscount CU-T603 crashed into the sea at Nipe Bay, Cuba. It had been hijacked by pro-Castro rebels during flight CU495 from Miami International Airport, Florida, USA to Varadero Airport, Northern Cuba.

The aircraft had departed from Miami at 22:00 local time and estimated to arrive at Varadero at 22:49. During the flight, control of the aircraft was taken over by anti-government rebels acting on behalf of Fidel Castro, who requested that the pilots divert to a small airfield near the Preston Sugar Mills, Oriente Province, Cuba which was 600 KM southeast of Varadero and in an area controlled by the rebels.

When the pilots refused to divert, one of the rebels took over control of the plane. Eventually the flight crew agreed to go to Preston but because of the delay and the extra distance the aircraft ran out of fuel during the final approach and crashed into the sea at Nipe Bay, Cuba. The airfield, which was close to where Fidel Castro had his base had no runway lighting which severely hampered the landing attempts in the dark. All 4 crew and 13 of the 16 passengers (including the rebels) on board were killed.

This was the first recorded hi-jack of an aircraft anywhere resulting in the deaths of innocent passengers and crew.


History and photos of Viscount c/n 91 CU-T603




Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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