Cuba plane crash: More than 100 dead amid reports of explosion

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Cuba’s president visits the crash site after the aircraft carrying 110 people ploughs into a field shortly after take-off.

More than 100 people have died after a plane crashed into a field shortly after take-off in Havana, Cuban state television has confirmed.According to reports, three female survivors have been rushed to hospital and are in a critical condition after emergency services freed them from the wreckage.

The Boeing 737 operated by Cuban airline Cubana de Aviacion is thought to have had 110 people on board, including six crew members and was on its way to the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba.But it ploughed into a farm field soon after take-off and residents nearby reported sounds of an “explosion”.

Firefighters then tackled a fire coming from the destroyed aircraft, which had just left Jose Marti International Airport.Photos showed the wings of the plane wedged between scorched trees and the main fuselage completely destroyed.Government officials and Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel soon visited the crash site and told reporters there was “a high number of victims”.

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