“Few days have passed and I am still shocked”

His workplace is located close to where the plane crash occurred. On May 18, Raul Mejias Catasus was one of the first men to attend to the place of the fatal accident. A Boeing 737-200 crashed after taking off from the International Airport Jose Marti, in Havana.

As civil engineer, he has worked for several years now in the Contractor Company of Aviation Works (CCOA), located near the site of the accident, which allowed him to get quickly to the crash site.

Raul Mejias agreed to give an interview to CubaSi and detailed that when it all happened, he had just walked into his office and “all of a sudden the walls, roof, chairs, and table started shaking as in an earthquake.”

“Lights went out right away. Certainly, the plane had crashed over high-voltage cables. Someone told me that a plane had crashed. Then, I quickly ran into the path that led to the area.”

“This Boeing 737-200 is characterized for having a loud noise compared to others of the same category. And it really impressed me that such noise increased so quickly.”

“I heard three different and mixed noises: the engine noise and other two. One of them sounded like releasing energy and the other as if a welding machine were being used.

Aviation fan —Raul belongs to the Flight Simulation Group from the Aviation Club of Cuba—, he confessed he still cannot believe what happened even though few days have passed.

“I was stunned. I got home and started to flight the simulator in order to have an idea of what had happened. I did hundreds of flight simulations in a Boeing 737.”

“Afterwards, I looked into Google Maps. I saw the exact position from where it took off, the plane path analysis. I tried to find any explanation to such sudden turn. I think the pilot was trying to go back to the airport. It was the absolute despair of a crew that could not hold the stability. Nobody knows what happened in that cockpit. Not to mention the passengers.”

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz / CubaSi Translation Staff

Survivors of Cuba Plane Crash Still in Critical Condition

Havana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) The director of the General University Hospital Calixto Garcia, Carlos Alberto Martinez, reported today that the three survivors of the plane crashed last Friday in this capital continue in extreme critical condition.

In statements to the press, Martinez said that, given the complexity of the injuries, the evolution of patients is unstable and with risk of other complications.

The Boeing 737-200, of the Mexican company Damojh, leased by Cubana de Aviacion, crashed near Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. Only three people survived.

There were 113 people on board, including 102 Cubans, six Mexican crew members, two Argentine tourists and one Mexican, and two Sahrawi residents on the Caribbean island, specified the authorities.

'The three women were transfused with plasma and globules and are intubated and ventilated,' said Martinez, a First Degree specialist in General Surgery.

The 19-year-old young girl, Mailen Diaz, underwent surgery for the cervical spine.

Similarly, Grettel Landrovell, 23, was reoperated for a hematoma within the brain tissue and an incision was applied to decompress the area and improve circulation, as a result of burns on the back.

Likewise, Emiley Sanchez, 39, also received an incision of burned skin on the left hand and is reported in extreme critical condition, although she is the most stable case.

More than twenty doctors from different specialties are working to stabilize the patients, while a constant system of discussion is carried out to adopt the necessary measures.

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