Due to the U.S. trade embargo, Cuba has been forced to rent planes, and not purchase, under a variety of arrangements.
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The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana, Cuba had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline.Cuba's national carrier, Cubana de Aviacion, was also renting the plane and crew in a similar arrangement known as a "wet lease" before the aircraft veered on takeoff to the eastern Cuban city of Holguin and crashed into a field just after noon Friday, according to Mexican aviation authorities.Yzquierdo said it was routine for Cuba to rent planes under a variety of arrangements due to what he described as Cuba's inability to buy its own aircraft due to the U.S. trade embargo.As a result, Cuban officials suspended a captain and co-pilot for "serious technical knowledge issues," and Cuba's Aviation Security issued a formal recommendation Cubana stop renting planes and crews from Damojh, Martinez wrote.
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