Boeing 737 crashes in Cuba with 104 people on board: state media

 Boeing 737 crashes in Cuba with 104 people on board: state media

HAVANA (Reuters) - A Boeing 737 plane crashed on Friday shortly after taking off from Havana's main airport, Cuban state-run media reported, adding that it was not yet known if there were any casualties.

The plane was a domestic flight going to Holguin, carrying 104 passengers, state-run TV said.

"It crashed between the locality of Boyeros and the village of Santiago de La Vegas", state-run TV said in its midday news broadcast, referring to an area some 20 km south of Havana.

Images on TV and social media showed a large plume of black smoke above the airport. Ambulances and firefighters were rushing to the scene.

It was not immediately clear which carrier was operating the aircraft.

(Reporting by Sarah Marsh, Writing by Rosalba O'Brien; Editing by Chris Reese and Grant McCool)

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Updated Date: May 19, 2018 00:06:50 IST