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Cuba Plane Boeing 737 Crashes Near Havana Airport


A Boeing 737 airliner from Cuba's state airline Cubana de Aviacion has crashed and exploded near Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuban media report.
The plane came down shortly after take-off, Prensa Latina news agency said.
Radio Habana Cuba said it was an internal flight from the Cuban capital to Holguin, in the east of the island.
Witnesses told AFP news agency they could see a thick column of smoke near the airport.
Fire crews and ambulances are reported to be at the scene.
Radio Habana Cuba said on Twitter that the plane came down on the "highway" between Boyeros and Havana, near the airport.

Cuba's president Miguel Diaz-Canel, who was sworn in last month, is said to be en route to the scene, AFP reports.

More than 100 people on board plane that crashed
From CNN’s Patrick Oppmann and Marilia Brocchetto
Cuban state media reports that there were 104 people on board a plane that crashed shortly after takeoff at Havana's airport.

Boeing 737 plane was heading to the Cuban city of Holguin.

It is still unknown if there were fatalities.

 

The airliner had been leased by state airline Cubana de AviaciĆ³n from the Mexican company Damojh, Cuba's Director of Air Transport said.

State TV said it was an internal flight from the Cuban capital to Holguin, in the east of the island.

Images showed a thick column of smoke near the crash site. Fire crews and ambulances are at the scene.

Emergency services pictured with ambulances at the scene of the crash
Image caption Emergency services are at the scene of the accident
Radio Havana Cuba said on Twitter that the plane came down on the "highway" between Boyeros and Havana, near the airport.

Prensa Latina said Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who was sworn in last month, has rushed to the scene.




More than 100 people have died after a Boeing 737 airliner crashed and exploded near Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuban state media says.

Three people have survived but are in critical condition in hospital, Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma reported.

The plane came down shortly after take-off, crashing in a field.

It was carrying 104 passengers and nine foreign crew, according to local media.



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