Reports out of Havana, Cuba, say a Boeing 737 crashed shortly after take off. Local 10 Miami reports that the plane was departing Jose Marti International Airport. Reports say that Cuba’s national airline, Cubana, rented the plane from Blue Panorama. Firefighters were seen spraying water on the remains of the Boeing 737 that crashed on a farm field. There were initially only three survivors who were taken to a local hospital, but tragically, one of those three survivors passed away while at the medical facility.
“Local 10’s Havana bureau chief Hatzel Vela reports Cuban state-run television says the plane was a Boeing 737, but that has not been confirmed.
Vela says the plane was headed for Holguin on the eastern side of the island and crashed near a high school campus.”
According to the aviation manufacturer’s website, a Boeing 737 can seat up to 178 people. José Ramón Cabañas, the Cuban Ambassador to the United States, tweeted that the flight had 104 passengers on board. The Miami Herald reports that 107 passengers, plus crew, were onboard the plane, that went down approximately 1.5 miles from the airport. CNN reports that the plane was a Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737.
“Cubana de Avicion — Cuba’s national carrier — has had to ground some of its aging fleet because of safety issues, though the cause of Friday’s crash is unknown, CNN’s Patrick Oppmann reported from Havana.”
AFP reports that Cuba’s President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, traveled to the scene of the crash and said there was a “high number” of casualties.
“There has been an unfortunate aviation accident. The news is not very promising, it seems that there is a high number of victims.”
Vice President of Cuba Salvador Valdes Mesa met with Cubana officials on Thursday. The meeting was arranged to see how Cubana can make enhancements to their services that are often heavily panned. The airline is known for its frequent delays and cancellations, and Cubana blames a lack of airplanes as being part of the problem.
This tragic incident has occurred eight years after Cuba’s worst air disaster in over two decades; in 2010, an Aero Caribbean (a former airline that merged with Cubana in 2015) plane crashed because of bad weather during a flight from Santiago to Havana. The terrible incident killed all 68 people that were onboard the flight.
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