A Cuban commercial airliner carrying more than 100 people crashed shortly after takeoff on Friday from Havana’s Jose Martí International Airport, Cuba’s official media has reported.
Only three people survived, according to state television as AFP has reported. A crowd rushed in and pulled away at least one person on a stretcher from the tangled remains of the plane.
Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, visited the site of the crash to oversee recovery efforts along with Health Minister Roberto Morales.
“The news is not very hopeful,” Mr. Díaz-Canel told Cuban state television.
Cubana de Aviación has for a long time struggled to overcome a reputation for poor safety after a string of crashes left dozens of people dead in the late 1990s.