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PLANE CRASHES IN CUBA, MORE THAN 100 KILLED

More than 100 people have killed some moments ago when a Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737-200 crashed on takeoff from Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. Three passengers were in critical condition after surviving the crash, state-run media reported.

A Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737-200 with 104 people on board crashed Friday on takeoff from Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport, according to Cuba’s state-run television.

The flight to the eastern Cuban city of Holguin went down at 12:08 p.m. in an agricultural area in the Santiago de las Vegas neighborhood near the airport, according to Granma. Search and rescue personnel were on the scene, with some residents joining in to help.

The aircraft for Flight DMJ 0972 had been rented by the airline, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel is at the scene of the accident.

A large fireball followed by a towering plume of smoke was visible near the airport on the outskirts of Havana, according to witnesses. The cause of the crash is still unknown.

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