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.
A military official tells reporters that there appears to have been only three survivors in critical condition after the crash.
A Boeing 737 operated by state airline Cubana has crashed on takeoff from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana with 104 passengers on board.
A Boeing-737 aircraft taking off from Havana-Cuba crashed about an hour ago..:(
The plane went down at 12:08 p.m during take off with reported 104 souls on board #Cuba#planecrash #hawana pic.twitter.com/mYQb7yTu5x https://t.co/uPXJaJcrTl
— News First (@Newsfirst14) May 18, 2018
State television and websites said the plane was headed to the eastern city of Holguin and crashed between the airport in southern Havana and the nearby town of Santiago de las Vegas.
The plane was rented by Cubana, which has taken many of its aging planes out of service in recent months due to mechanical problems.
However, The officer declined to provide his name and other officials declined to confirm the figure.
The plane came to rest in a yuca field where firefighters sprayed the charred fuselage with hoses.
Officials said the plane was headed to the eastern city of Holguin when it crashed between the airport in southern Havana and the nearby town of Santiago de Las Vegas.
The plane was operated by Cubana. The state airline has taken many of its aging planes out of service in recent months due to mechanical problems.unb