A passenger plane operated by Cuba’s state airline with more than 100 people on board crashed shortly after takeoff in Havana on Friday.

Plane crashes in Cuba

Here is what we know so far:

– The Boeing 737-200 of Cubana de Aviacion was rented from Mexican airline Global Aerolineas Damojh, Cuba’s air transport director, Mercedes Vazquez, told state media.

– It crashed at 12:08 pm (1608 GMT) in a field close to Havana’s Jose Marti airport shortly after takeoff on a flight to the eastern city of Holguin, 670 kilometers (416 miles) away.

– Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who visited the site, said there were nine “foreign” crew members on the plane but it was not immediately clear if they were among the 104 “passengers” mentioned by authorities.

– Three survivors were pulled from the wreckage and are in critical condition in hospital, the state newspaper Granma said.

– The plane was almost completely destroyed in the crash and subsequent fire.

– Dozens of ambulances and fire trucks rushed the site where a police cordon has been set up.

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