Cubana de Aviacion Flight 389Saturday August 29, 1998
The aircraft crashed and burned during takeoff from Quito. The crew tried and failed twice to take off. On the third attempt, the plane struggled to gain altitude, rising a few feet, but settled back to earth plowing past the end of the runway and crashing into an auto body shop and coming to rest in a soccer field. The accident was caused by the late decision of the crew to abort the takeoff.