Cubana flight crashes near Havana airport, over 100 passengers dead

Awful news From the BBC:

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

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

Flight tracking websites indicate the plane departed at mid-morning local time, and it reportedly crashed shortly after.

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

“There has been an unfortunate aviation accident. The news is not very promising, it seems that there is a high number of victims,” Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said after visiting the crash site.

The airliner had been leased to state airline Cubana de Aviación by the Mexican company Damojh, Cuban news agency Prensa Latina said.

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

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1 thought on “Cubana flight crashes near Havana airport, over 100 passengers dead”

  1. The photos of the disaster response are weird. Looks like a bunch of people who aren’t especially interested standing around to no great effect, more or less loitering and gawking rather than doing.

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