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A Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana's Jose Marti airport. Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

Plane carrying 110 passengers crashes after takeoff in Cuba

An airplane carrying at least 110 passengers crashed during takeoff Friday from the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuban media reported.

State-run television reported that the Boeing 737 was scheduled to arrive at the Cuban city of Holguin, located on the eastern side of the island.

Jose Ramon Cabanas, Cuba’s ambassador to the U.S., tweeted that state television said the crash occurred at 12:08 p.m. local time in a non-populated area between the towns of Boyeros and San Antonio de las Vegas.

Cuban officials have yet to confirm any fatalities or injuries. The state-run Granma reported that three passengers survived the crash and are in critical condition. An anonymous military source verified the number of survivors to the Associated Press.

Photos of the crash site showed emergency officials walking through the wreckage. CNN obtained video that showed a huge plume of smoke from the crash. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, among other government officials, visited the site today.

The plane was rented by the state airline Cubana, which AP noted, was previously flagged for its aging planes. Mexican authorities said that the plane was built in 1979.

“Cubana’s director general, Capt. Hermes Hernandez Dumas, told state media last month that Cubana’s domestic flights had carried 11,700 more passengers than planned between January and April 2018. It said that 64 percent of flights had taken off on time, up from 59 percent the previous year,” AP’s Andrea Rodriguez reported.

AP also reported that an employee of a Aerolinea Global Air said the plane belonged to the Mexican charter firm and that a Mexican crew of six people were on board.

PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.

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