The Boeing 737-201 of the Cuban company Cubana de Aviacion crashed yesterday on a sweet potato field near Havana’s José Marti International Airport just after taking off.
Three people have survived but are in critical condition, reported the Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma.
Shortly after the tragedy, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel visited the scene.
“An unfortunate air crash has occurred. The news is not encouraging, it seems that there is a high number of victims, “said Miguel Diaz-Canel.
“The bodies are being identified. The Ministry of Transport has set up a commission to investigate the facts and now (…) we will launch all the relevant investigations and we will communicate the information to the population as soon as we get them, “he added.
State television said the plane was on an internal flight between the Cuban capital and the town of Holguin in the east of the island.
The plane was leased to the airline Cubana de Aviación by the Mexican company Aerolineas Damojh.
Mexican authorities have stated that the aircraft was built in 1979 and was successfully inspected in November 2017.
Boeing said he was ready to send a technical team to Cuba, “as authorized by US law and under the direction of the US National Transportation Safety Board and Cuban authorities. ”
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