Cuba Plane Crash – 68 dead in Plane crashes in central Cuba
Cuba plane to Havana crashed in central Cuba, killing all 68 people on board including 28 foreigners,The Aerocaribbean flight went down in a mountainous region of the Sancti Spiritus province after the pilot reported an emergency, according to a statement by Cuba’s Civil Aeronautics Institute read on state television.
“There were no survivors,” the official website Cubadebate.cu reported.
It was the Communist-ruled island’s worst air disaster in 21 years.
Among the passengers were 10 Europeans, nine Argentinians, seven Mexicans, one Venezuelan and one Japanese, state media reported.
The Europeans included three Dutch, two Germans, two Austrians, and one each from France, Italy and Spain.
There were 40 Cubans on board, including seven crew.
Emergency rescue teams from Sancti Spiritus province where the plane went down, aided by local residents, scrambled to get to the crash site and reached it overnight, finding everyone on board had been killed, officials said.
The Aerocaribbean plane had left Santiago de Cuba, in the island’s far east, ahead of the approach of Tropical Storm Tomas, which was expected to intensify to hurricane status and graze both Cuba and Haiti on Friday.