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MORE than 100 people have died after a plane crashed and exploded shortly after take off at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport, Cuban state media has said.
The ruling Communist Party newspaper, Granma, said three people had survived but are in a critical condition.
According to local media, it was carrying 104 passengers and nine foreign crew. The domestic flight, operated by national airline Cubana de Aviacon, crashed near a motorway and school campus in Boyeros neighbourhood, located next to the airport.
The article goes on to state the following:
Witnesses saw a large fireball followed by a towering plume of smoke near the airport on the outskirts of the Cuban capital.
Local media reported that the plane lay in a farm and appeared heavily damaged and burnt, with firefighters spraying water on the smoldering remains.
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