Passenger Plane Crashes after Taking off from Havana

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A plane carrying 104 passengers has crashed shortly after taking off from Jose Marti airport in Cuba’s capital, Havana, according to state media.

A Boeing 737 crashed “near the international airport” on Friday, state agency Prensa Latina reported.

The aircraft was heading from the capital to the eastern city of Holguin, it added.

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

Fire crews and ambulances are at the scene, the agency reported.

Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who went to visit the scene, 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.

Source: Al Jazeera News

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