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B-737/201 plane crashed in Havana

110 fatalties

The plane Boeing 737/201 (Registration: XA-UHZ) crashed yesterday at 12:08 (local time) in Havana (Cuba). The aircraft was owned and operated by Mexican low-cost airline based in Guadalajara Damojh Aerolíneas, operating as Global Air on behalf of Cubana de Aviatíon. Headed to Holguin's "Frank País" airport, in the east of the island, the aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from the "José Martì" international airport in Havana.

The collision, which occurred near a railway about 2 km from the airport, caused the death of 110 of the 113 occupants. In the accident that involved the CU972 flight, the Mexican six crew members and 104 passengers, probably four children, 99 Cuban citizens including one Italian naturalized woman, three tourists (two Argentineans and a Mexican) and two Saharawis living in Cuba lost their lives. The three women that survived the plane crash have been transported to hospital and are in serious health conditions. The rescue services intervened immediately to put out the fire that broke out following the violent collision that did not involve the buildings near the airport. Fifteen bodies were identified and one of the aircraft's black boxes was found. The plane had made its first flight in 1979.

The Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel got to the scene of the disaster and ordered the immediate organization of a special commission that could open an investigation into the tragedy. Promising to provide more information on the plane crash as soon as possible, the President gave a television interview in which he showed his closeness to the victims' families.

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