An aging airliner carrying more than 100 people in Cuba, killing almost everyone aboard. The airliner, a Boeing 737 taking off from Havana’s Jose Martí International Airport, crashed at 12:08 p.m local time. There were three survivors.
Firefighting crews and ambulances quickly arrived at the scene, and at least four people were taken to the hospital. One of those people, a man, later died of his injuries. According to the , all 105 people on the plane were foreigners, although it is still not clear which country or countries they were from.
The plane itself is reportedly a Boeing 737-200 owned by Mexican Damojh Airlines, also known as Global Air. The plane had been leased to the state-run Cuban airline Cubana de Aviación, which also maintains a fleet of about a dozen passenger planes.
It’s still not clear exactly what caused the crash, but it’s likely that a mechanical failure is to blame. Cuba’s airlines have difficulty procuring replacement parts thanks to embargoes placed on the country by the U.S. and other countries, and many of their aircraft are poorly maintained.