It is now being reported that more than one hundred people died in today’s Boeing 737 jet crash in Cuba.
The latest numbers indicate that there were 105 passengers – 100 Cuban with nine foreign crew members on board the flight before the accident.
Rescue services rushed some survivors to the nearby Calixto Garcia hospital but one of them, a man, later died at the medical facility in Havana from burns and other trauma.
The remaining three female survivors at the hospital were still in serious condition.
It has now emerged that the downed jet was leased by Cubana deAviación, the Cuban national airline, from a Mexican company.
Aviation sources say the plane was traveling from Havana to Holguin when it went down about 1 1/2 miles from the Havana airport.
Firefighters raced to the scene and are trying to get the fire under control. A heavy police presence is also at the airport following the dramatic crash.
Witnesses revealed that they could see a thick column of smoke near the airport and pictures from the scene show the large plume of black smoke is clearly visible from the terminal.
Thick smoke could be seen close to the airport terminal following the horrific crash – Cubana de Aviacon has had to ground some of its ageing fleet due to safety issues, though the cause of this crash is so far unknown.
A Cubana de Aviacion aircraft was involved in a crash back 2005 when it suffered a mechanical failure during taking off in Caracas.
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