Cuba: Passenger plane crashes after taking off from Havana

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A plane with more than 110 people on board has crashed shortly after taking off from Jose Marti airport in Cuba’s capital, Havana, according to state media.

The Boeing 737, which was heading to the eastern city of Holguin, crashed “near the international airport” on Friday, state agency Prensa Latina reported.

The aircraft carried 104 passengers and nine crew.

A message posted on Twitter by Prensa Latina showed a thick column of smoke rising into the sky.

Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who rushed to the site, said there was a “high number” of casualties, according to AFP news agency. 

“There has been an unfortunate aviation accident. The news is not very promising, it seems that there is a high number of victims,” Diaz-Canel was quoted as saying.

Fire crews and ambulances were at the scene, according to Latina Prensa.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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