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Cuban airline jet crashes at Havana airport: reports

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – The passenger plane Boeing 737 crashed shortly after its departure from the international airport of Jose Marti, CNN reported on Friday.

According to the source of the channel, the flight of Cubana de Aviacion to Cuba was sent to Guyana.

According to the Cuban state television, the plane was flying to the province of Holguin (Cuba), there were 104 people on board.

According to other sources, there were 107 people on board. The Cuban authorities do not yet name the number of passengers and crew members.

Boeing 737 holds between 126 and 178 people, the media note.

In turn, the agency EFE reports that according to his information the plane did not crash, but caught fire at the airport in Havana.

A cloud of smoke can be seen in the airport area. Firefighters, doctors and police arrived to the scene.

As the correspondent of CNN, located in Havana, the airline Cubana de Aviacion was ordered to stop flights on some aircraft for security reasons. He noted that the causes of the incident are still unknown.