A BOEING 737 passenger plane has crashed in the Caribbean island nation of Cuba, killing more than 100 people.
Flight CU972 crashed in a field shortly after taking off from Havana’s main airport around 11am local time on Friday (1am Saturday AEST).
The aircraft burst into flames after slamming into the ground, killing all but three of the 105 passengers and nine crew on board.
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It’s understood five people were initially pulled alive from the burning wreckage, but two died of their injuries shortly after.
The three survivors – all women – are said to be in a serious condition with extensive burns, among other injuries.
The cause of the crash and the nationality of those on board the plane was not immediately known.
In a statement on its website, the Mexican Transport Department said the Boeing 737 “suffered a problem and dived to the ground” during take-off.
No further information was available at the time of writing.
Breaking: Cuban State media is reporting that at least 100 people are dead following a plane crash in Havana, Cuba. pic.twitter.com/b5WbkX005a
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Footage of the ambulances carrying victims from the plane crash in La Habana, Cuba, to hospitals in the city. pic.twitter.com/cBWcFzoNkc
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