More Than 100 People Are Believed Dead After An Airliner Crashed In Cuba

More Than 100 People Are Believed Dead After An Airliner Crashed In Cuba

Three people remain in critical condition at a Havana hospital after the plane carrying 113 people crashed.

More than 100 people are believed to have died Friday when a Boeing 737 airliner crashed shortly after takeoff from Havana’s international airport.

The flight was scheduled to fly from José Martí International Airport to the city of Holguín, according to state-run newspaper Prensa Latina. There were 104 passengers on the flight, along with nine crew members.

More Than 100 People Are Believed Dead After An Airliner Crashed In Cuba

Four people were pulled from the wreckage, according to state-run CubaTV — one died en route to the hospital and three were listed in critical condition. The government has yet to give an official death toll, but CubaTV reported more than 100 dead in the crash.

Carlos Alberto Martinez, the director of the Calixto Garcia Hospital, told CubaTV that one woman was admitted to the hospital with a traumatic brain injury, pelvis fracture, and exposed tibia fracture. Another survivor has severe traumatic brain damage, tibia fractures in both legs, and had a tracheotomy performed before arriving at the hospital. The last survivor has traumatic brain injury and multiple fractures.

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who visited the scene, said soon after the crash that “the news is not very promising, it seems that there is a high number of victims.” It is the first major crisis that Díaz-Canel has faced since his inauguration just a few weeks ago.

Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party eventually “confirmed that the majority of passengers are Cuban, except for five foreigners and the six crew.” An employee at the Cuban Embassy in Mexico, who asked not to be named as they were not authorities to speak with the press, had previously told BuzzFeed News all passengers onboard the flight were foreigners.

Granma also reported that the flight that crashed was operated by Cubana de Aviación. The plane in question “had been leased by state airline Cubana de Aviación from the Mexican company Damojh,” the BBC said, citing Cuba’s director of air transport.

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