‘Over 100 peopleâ are believed to be dead after a plane containing 104 passangers crashed in Havana, Cuba, today.
Cuban media has reported that three womenÂ in a ‘grave conditionâ are receiving treatment at a local hospital.
Cubaâs President Miguel Diaz-Canel said there appeared to have been a ‘high numberâ 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,â Diaz-Canel was quoted saying shortly after visiting the scene.
The death toll has not been confirmed.
The Boeing 737 went down and allegedly exploded into flames near toÂ 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.
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 Vegasâ, state-run TV said in its midday news broadcast, referring to an area some 20 km south of Havana.