A Cubana de Aviación Boeing 737 crashed on Friday (18 May) two miles south east of Havana- José Martí International Airport killing about 110 passengers and crewmembers.
The 737-200 was operating from Havana to Holguí in Cuba, and came down shortly after take-off at about noon (local time) in vegatation near a railway outside the airport.
Reports said the aicraft broke up and burst into flames and local media reports said there were 105 passengers on board along with nine Mexican crew members, but preliminary reports indicate that three survivors have been found.
The 737 aircraft was 38 years and 11 months old and was owned and operated by Mexican airline Damojh Aerolíneas, operating as Global Air, on behalf of Cubana.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) president and secretary general express the UN agency’s deepest condolences today for the victims of Cubana de Aviacion Flight DMJ0972.
ICAO said it is in contact with the States involved and will assist them if called upon to facilitate a comprehensive investigation.