It went down about 1 1/2 miles from the Havana airport in the Rancho Boyeros suburb. Only three passengers survived in critical condition. Firefighters were on the scene battling the blaze. 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. A large fireball followed by a towering plume of smoke was visible near the airport on the outskirts of Havana, according to witnesses, when the crash occurred. A foreign crew was aboard the plane.
A large number of emergency workers responded to the field. Roberto Peña Samper, president of Corporación de la Aviación Cubana, said the aircraft was the property of a Mexican company and had been leased by Cubana de Aviación. Cuban First Vice President Salvador Valdés Mesa met Thursday with officials from the airline to discuss improvement in Cubana’s service in the face of strong criticism. Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel was at the scene of the accident. Friday’s crash was Cuba’s third major fatal aviation accident since 2010.
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