Friday, November 5, 2010

Plane With 68 Aboard Crashes in Cuba

AP: November 05, 2010
HAVANA (AP) - A passenger plane flying from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to Havana crashed with 68 people aboard, Cuba's state television reported on Thursday night.

There was no immediate word on whether any passengers survived the crash.

State television said the AeroCaribbean flight went down near the village of Guasimal, in Sancti Spíritus Province. It was carrying 61 passengers and a crew of seven. The report said that 28 of the passengers were foreigners, but it did not provide a breakdown of their nationalities.

In Havana, relatives of those on board the plane were kept away from other passengers.

The newscast gave no details on what happened, saying only that the cause of the crash was being investigated.

The flight was one of the last to leave Santiago de Cuba for Havana ahead of Tropical Storm Tomas, which was on a track to pass between Cuba and Haiti.
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