Cuban airline jet crashes at Havana airport, reports say

A Boeing 737 airplane operated by nation airline Cubana crashed after taking off from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana on Friday and three passengers were said to have survived in critical condition, local media reported.

The surviving passengers have been brought to the hospital, according to local newspaper Granma.

Local media reported the flight from Havana to Holguin, a city in eastern Cuba, had 104 passengers and nine crew members on board.

A plane crashed after taking off from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana on Friday, May 18, 2018. ( Adalberto Roque/ AFP/ Getty Images)

The plane lay in a farm field and appeared heavily damaged and burnt.

Government officials including President Miguel Diaz-Canel rushed to the site, along with a large number of emergency medical workers and ambulances.

“There has been an unfortunate aviation collision, ” Diaz-Canal said, according to the BBC. “The news is not very promising, it seems that there is a high number of victims.”

Residents of the rural area said they had seen some survivors being taken away in ambulances.

Video from the scene indicated dark plumes of smoking billow from the accident site. Firefighters could be seen spraying water on the smoldering remains.

The plane was rented from Blue Panorama by Cubana, which has taken many of its aging planes out of service in recent months due to mechanical problems.

Cubana is known by locals for consistently having postpones and cancellations, which the airline attributes to a lack of aircrafts and parts because of the American trade embargo on Cuba.

Friday’s crash marked the third major deadly collision for Cuba since 2010.

This is a developing narrative. Check back for updates .

The Associated Press contributed to this report .

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