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‘Three survivors’ after plane with 104 passengers crashed in Havana, Cuba


A female survivor was pictured as she was rushed to a local hospital (Picture: EPA)

‘Over 100 people’ are believed to be dead after a plane containing 104 passangers crashed in Havana, Cuba, today.

Cuban media has reported that three women in a ‘grave condition’ are receiving treatment at a local hospital.

Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel said there appeared to have been 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,’ Diaz-Canel was quoted saying shortly after visiting the scene.

The death toll has not been confirmed.

Rescue and search workers on the site where a Cuban airliner with 104 passengers on board plummeted into a yuca field just after takeoff from the international airport in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrea Rodriguez)

Local residents said they witnessed three survivors being lifted out (Picture: AP)

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (C) is pictured at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana's Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 113 people on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana's airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed "near the international airport," state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. / AFP PHOTO / Adalberto ROQUEADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images

Emergency services are still at the scene (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

The Boeing 737 went down and allegedly exploded into flames near to Jose Marti International Airport shortly at 12.30pm local time.

Diaz-Canel said nine crew members were believed to have been on board, in addition to the passengers, rising the believed death toll to 110.

A military officer said there appeared to have been only three survivors in critical condition, but other officials declined to confirm that figure.

Residents nearby said they saw three people being taken away in ambulances.

Picture taken at the scene of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana's Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 104 passengers on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana's airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed "near the international airport," state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. / AFP PHOTO / Adalberto ROQUEADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images

As many as 113 people are believed to have been on board (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Emergency personnel at seen at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana's Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. A Cuban state airways passenger plane with 113 people on board crashed on shortly after taking off from Havana's airport, state media reported. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed "near the international airport," state agency Prensa Latina reported. Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin. / AFP PHOTO / Adalberto ROQUEADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images

Emergency personnel pictured at the site after the accident (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Airport sources said the jetliner was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin.

State television added the airliner was operated by a foreign crew, but gave no details.

Reports claim the European airline Blue Panorama had been leasing a 737-400 plane to Cubana de Aviacion for several months.

In recent months, Cubana has taken many of its aging planes out of service due to mechanical problems.

The airline is notorious among Cubans for its frequent delays and cancellations, which Cubana blames on a lack of parts and airplanes due to the U.S. trade embargo on the island.

‘It crashed between the locality of Boyeros and the village of Santiago de La Vegas’, state-run TV said in its midday news broadcast, referring to an area some 20 km south of Havana.

Source: http://metro.co.uk/2018/05/18/three-survivors-plane-104-passengers-crashed-havana-cuba-7558369

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