HAVANA, CUBA (RNN) – A Boeing 737 plane carrying more than 100 people crashed after taking off from Jose Marti Airport, Cuba's state media tells CNN.
It's not yet known the full extent of injuries or fatalities. The Associate Press reported that four survivors were taken to a Havana hospital; three of those survivors remained alive as of late Friday, according to the AP.
CNN reported late Friday that more than 100 people were believed to have died.
Tweets from Spanish media say that the plane landed 20 kilometers from the airport in a neighborhood.
A huge fireball, then thick black smoke billowing in the air was seen from witnesses near the airport.
Because information is coming from Cuba's state media, it's changing and slow coming. Initially, they said the plane was from Blue Panorama, a low-cost, private Italian airline company.
Los fotógrafos de @AFPphoto, en el lugar del accidente del Boeing 737 de Cubana de Aviación que se estrelló con 104 pasajeros a bordo poco después de despegar desde La Habana #AFP pic.twitter.com/BQT3noa1Cx— Agence France-Presse (@AFPespanol) May 18, 2018
However, it seems that Cubana de Aviacion, which is Cuba's national carrier, leased the plane because of its aging fleet.
Cubana de Aviacion grounded many flights earlier this month because of safety issues.
An employee of a Mexican charter business, Aerolinea Global Air, told the Associated Press that company owned the plane.
The plane was headed to Holguin, which is on the south east side of the island 400 miles from Havana.
The crash was the third in Cuba since 2010.
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